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Batman's Kind of Town

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Filming ‘Dark Knight’ in Chicago. Photo by Jeremy Farmer.

The latest Batman flick, The Dark Knight, opened to sold-out crowds across the country early Friday morning. In the movie, Chicago doubles as Gotham City.

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The movie’s stunts and explosions raised some issues Chicago doesn’t exactly deal with everyday. Chicago Film Office chief Rich Moskal says a crash scene involving an 18-wheeler needed a lot of planning, and the go-ahead from utility companies and engineers.

MOSKAL: With this truck just barreling right down LaSalle Street, and have it flip end over end and crash onto the street...

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MOSKAL:...it couldn’t have hit the mark more perfectly without incident.

There’s also a car chase down Lower Wacker Drive and an explosion at the old Brach’s candy factory.

Moskal says the movie paid off for the Chicago area. He estimates $35 million were spent locally during filming. That includes everything from equipment rentals to hotels to paychecks for the movie’s 7,000 extras.

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