'Batman 3' Shoots Next April In New Orleans

BatmanThe pieces are starting to fall into place for the third "Batman" film. With a release date set for 2012 and Christopher Nolan confirming himself as the movie's director, yet another load of information has landed — the film's shooting location and start date.

Superhero Hype reports that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are looking to shoot "Batman 3" in New Orleans, with April targeted as a production start date. The time table fits with Michael Caine's recent comments that filming would begin in April.

New Orleans is starting to become a familiar location for DC Comics films. Director Martin Campbell's "Green Lantern" recently concluded filming in the city, while "Jonah Hex" was also shot in Louisiana last year.

For the past two "Batman" films, Nolan has converted the streets of Chicago into Gotham City. It's currently unknown whether or not the city will once again pose as the Dark Knight's turf, or if the Caped Crusader's hometown is moving to the Big Easy.

In addition to "Batman 3," Superhero Hype has a rundown on other shooting locations and start dates for upcoming comic book films. According to the report, "Men in Black 3" starts busting aliens in New York City from October 18 through May; "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" rides through Romania and Turkey this November; director Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot swings into action in Los Angeles this December; and Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" will assemble on a Los Angeles set this coming February.

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