In what may be one of the most entertaining ways that a city has ever paid tribute to a movie franchise coming to town, the entire City of Pittsburgh has decided to celebrate the beginning of filming for “The Dark Knight Rises” in their city by creating a Batsignal on the side of the city’s famous Highmark Building. Granted, the illumination is not exactly the same Batman logo that we have seen in the sky during the first two movies of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, but it is a lovely tribute to a project that has stirred up an unprecedented amount of interest.
In a statement, the President and CEO of Highmark in Dr. Kenneth R. Melani had this to say about the decision to have the signal grace the side of the company’s skyscraper:
“To have our building featured is an honor not only because it is an anchor of the Pittsburgh skyline, but also because we are positioned at the gateway to the city’s Cultural District and nothing could be more of a cultural attraction than a Hollywood film.”
Hollywood movies are considered a vast economic boon for any city that manages to snag one, since they create both local jobs and also draw a number of tourists hoping to spot actors, directors, or even just members of the crew. Thus far, it has been confirmed that Nolan is in the city — and Christian Bale could be very soon if he is not already.
“The Dark Knight Rises” is scheduled for a summer 2012 release.