Book focuses on look of 'Dark Knight' trilogy

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"Everyone said to us: You're going to Pittsburgh in August? What are you thinking?"

So begins the chapter on "The Dark Knight Rises" in the new coffee-table book, "The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy" by Jody Duncan Jesser and Janine Pourroy; foreword by Christopher Nolan and introduction by Michael Caine (Abrams, $40). The book contains 300 color images and illustrations, including more than 20 pages of photographs before the table of contents. Chapters on the screenplay and production design are filled with DC Comics illustrations and beautiful concept artworks.

Of course, Pittsburghers will want to know where we fit into the book.

After deciding against a return to Chicago as Gotham City, director Nolan & Co. "looked for another major American area that would offer new cityscapes and locations. Pittsburgh fit the bill."

A spread on filming at Heinz Field includes praise for locals who populated the stands. Of Hines Ward's explosive running scene, stunt coordinator Tom Struthers said: "He told the stunt guys not to tackle him because he was in 'preseason fitness' -- but no one could catch him anyway."

Reading on, you find an end to that quote about Pittsburgh in August. Producer Emma Thomas added, "The people were incredibly welcoming, and the city looks amazing on film. And beyond that ... we had a great time there."


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