Batman Returns to Newark, Catwoman Makes Hooded Appearance
Crowd amasses near Military Park for second day of filming
Catwoman made a fierce appearance on the streets of Newark Friday morning, as filming of "The Dark Knight Rises," the third installment of the Batman franchise, continued in Brick City for the second day.
At least a hundred fans went wild as actress Anne Hathaway, who plays Selina Kyle and her alter-ego Catwoman, made her way down Raymond Boulevard in a hooded black jacket and black rubber boots at around 11 a.m. The red-lipped Hathaway, a Millburn High School graduate, kept her black-masked eyes covered as she smiled and waved to the cheering crowd. With the help of a security guard, she slipped down into the set at Military Park Station near Park Place.
"She looked like she was really happy to see all this (the crowd)," said Carly DiFrancisco, 24, who waited nearly an hour to catch a glimpse of the masked actress. "It was worth it."
Director Christopher Nolan, clad in a hardhat, occasionally popped out from underground, inciting cheers from star-struck fans. Around noontime, several extras in SWAT uniforms could also be seen making their way to the Gotham City subway set.
But there was no sign of Batman himself Friday morning, a disappointment for Janelle Winters, who nearly skipped class at Seton Hall Law School to see Academy Award-winning actor Christian Bale in flesh.
"I love the 'Newsies.' I follow just about every movie he's been in, except for 'American Psycho,'" said Winters, 25. "I heard it's amazing but I think it'll change my opinion of him. But I think he's a great actor."
Officials told Patch Friday afternoon that Bale was in fact in Newark to shoot scenes.
One block away, signs of Batman were ever-present on Commerce Street, where armed tanks and police cars with blue "Gotham City Police Department" signs were parked. Workers and passersby flooded the street to snap pictures of the movie props.
Filming even attracted visitors to Newark, like Mark Belasco, a South Orange resident who said he took the day off from work to see the Caped Crusader in action.
"They really don't shoot big films around here too often," said Belasco, 40.
When asked about the best Batman of all time, the self-proclaimed movie fanatic had a hard time narrowing down his favorite.
"I think each (actor) brings something to the role," said Belasco. "If you go back to Adam West, he looked the part but it was campy. I guess I'm partial to Michael Keaton having been younger when that movie came out."
Friday marked the second day of filming in Brick City, with Newark City Hall having been transformed into an infirmary the day before. Actors Morgan Freeman, who plays Lucius Fox, could be seen filming a scene on the third floor with Marion Cotillard, as Miranda Tate, though Warner Bros. officials kept mum about scene details.
"The Dark Knight Rises" is slated to hit theaters next summer.
Students from Arts High School and East Side High School Friday got an exclusive tour of the "Batman" set. Check back to Patch later to read about their experience.