Problems on the set of the latest Batman film ‘The Dark Knight‘, continue to blight filming in Hong Kong. Earlier this week, the crew upset environmentalists by asking people living in the harbour front luxury buildings to keep their lights on all night to facilitate late night filming.
Residents had already got upset about noise pollution being caused by low flying aircraft during filming. Helicopters and a large Hercules C-130 transport plane had made low passes over the Victoria harbour area of the city for some scenes.
Then on Friday, fans of the film flocked to the set to catch a glimpse of their hero, being played by Christian Bale. The crowd, which was said to have been over 500 people strong, threatened to disrupt filming at one of Hong Kong’s oldest markets.
In the end, security personnel and plain clothed police officers had to struggle to contain the crowd during the lunchtime rush hour.
Local resident Phoebe Ho told Reuters:
“Hong Kong people are so excited because they have never seen Batman, I mean the real Batman.”
‘The Dark Knight’ is the first Batman film to feature scenes set outside of the mythical Gotham City, and as well as Bale, also stars Morgan Freeman and Heath Ledger. Filming in Hong Kong will continue until November 12, with the movie due to be released Summer 2008.