If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Recently there were rumors swirling around the internet regarding the possibility that Christopher Nolan would be shooting a portion of 'The Dark Knight Rises' amidst the fervent Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. These rumors began after Nolan put up the bat signal for extras for the scenes that he was indeed going to be shooting in NYC. People began postulating that he would shoot his scenes in Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street intiative. This rumor seemed be given some legitimacy when an anonymous source, that dastardly anonymous source again, connected to the film told the LA Times that there was a plan to use protesters as a backdrop for certain scenes. But an actual Warner Brothers rep has now come forward and stated that there are in fact no plans to shoot in Zuccotti Park so all this looks to have been hearsay and speculation....odd for the internet, I know.
The question I had upon hearing this rumor wasn't so much regarding the logistics of using actual protesters as background action, but rather the motivation behind that choice. Wouldn't it sort of belittle a major sociopolitical movement to use their efforts to enhance scenes from a superhero film? One way around this would be to mention the movement by name in the film, thereby spotlighting it on a new international level, the film will sell like gangbusters overseas. But in doing that, the film would be adopting a political agenda that would easily muddle its narrative composition. So yeah, it doesn't seem like this rumor ever really held water, interesting though it was.
Besides, isn't Bruce Wayne part of the 1%?