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Inside Wayne Manor | Treasure Hunt on Osterley Mansion’s cinematic double life

The location shooting at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham drew more scrutiny, as the stately home was being used as the exterior of Bruce Wayne’s ancestral home Wayne Manor in the third and final Christopher Nolan Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.  Interiors were shot at Osterly Park, and while we know Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman) and Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman) were involved, and we assume Michael Caine as Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth was on hand, the set was more hidden than any other location shooting that has gone on, so much so that one of the rooms used is not even known.

Fortunately, while we can’t know details of the script, the mansion at Osterly Park has a cinematic history which blogger Little Augury has recently explored, allowing us a peak at the breathtaking interiors designed by Robert Adam, the most famous Neoclassic architect and designer.


The Entrance Hall at Osterley ©NTPL/Dennis Gilbert

Prolific blogger Little Augury recently posted about the 1960 Stanley Donen film The Grass Is Greener, starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons. Osterley Park, on the western outskirts of London, was used for some of the exterior shots.

Some of the interiors at Osterley, designed by Robert Adam in the 1760s and 1770s, were also used as inspiration for the sets (as was, apparently, the Long Gallery at nearby Syon House, also by Adam).

The Dark Knight Rises Wayne Manor Interiors Grand Stiar Osterly Park

A view through the Corinthian columns on the piano nobile of the Great Stair designed by Robert Adam at Osterley Park, Middlesex

The story revolves around the Earl and Countess of Rhyall (Grant and Kerr), who have been forced by straightened circumstances to open their stately home to the public. The Countess is flattered by the attentions of an American oil tycoon (Mitchum), and in revenge the Earl invites his former girlfriend, an American heiress (Simmons). Cue a romantic comedy that has over time become a minor classic.

via Osterley’s cinematic double life « Treasure Hunt.

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The Dark Knight Rises on location: Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall
The Dark Knight Rises Production Updates: Photos and Video from Wollaton Hall/Wayne Manor
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The Dark Knight Rises on location: Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall


The Dark Knight Rises Rumor and Speculation: The Batcave

There has been speculation about shooting locations for the Dark Knight Rises since February.   Many locations we could only guess at, but we knew there would be a Wayne Manor exterior and interior, which turned out to be Wollaton Hall and Osterly Park.  Likewise we know there must be a Batcave, exterior and interior.  At this point it is all rumor, but one rumor from nerdeux is particularly well-argued and conspicuously well-photographed.

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Alright so originally it was rumored that Nolan had been shooting in Wales, in a national park, using a particular waterfall as part of the exterior for a new Batcave. They went on to say the actual cave was located there as well.

Well now rumor says that Nolan will be filming in the Turda Salt Mines in Romania for interior shots of the cave, despite confirmation that Warner Bros. is already building a “small” Batcave set on a soundstage. Again, this is just rumor, but when you see these photos of mines as they are now you’ll agree that they could be a perfect stand-in for the cave.  More »

The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph gordon-levitt, et al

Top Posts of the Week: Batmobile, Batsuit and Wayne Manor location shooting for The Dark Knight Rises

Christian Bale on set video from The Dark Knight Rises #TDKR

The Dark Knight Rises Production Updates: Photos and Video from Wollaton Hall/Wayne Manor

After weeks of fanboys and fansites “biting down hard”  on
unsubstantiated rumors, obviously fake virals, and some deliberate misdirection in actor interviews, has broken the first real news from the set of Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham.  The following video depicts a minor accident at the entrance, and pictures of the set for the iconic graveyard on the grounds of Wayne Manor where Bruce’s parents and ancestors are buried.  More »

The Dark Knight Rises Location Shooting for Wayne Manor Graveyard Wollaton Hall in Nottingham (Warner Bros. Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale)

The Dark Knight Rises Location Shooting for Wayne Manor Graveyard, Wollaton Hall in Nottingham (

The Dark Knight Rises on location: Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall

Is this Wayne Manor in The Dark Knight Rises?

The Dark Knight Rises on location at Wollaton Hall

While the mansion at Osterly Park was used for several Wayne Manor interiors for Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman pic The Dark Knight Rises, it is Wollaton Hall in Nottingham which will represent the exterior and grounds.

Sources say TDKR is still prepping, with filming not likely to start until June 25.

Or maybe not.

The secrecy surrounding the production is certainly part of the fun for many Batman fans, and those thinking themselves in the know have jumped to some fanciful conclusions.  Sometimes it is in response to misinformation deliberately set in their path, and Gotham Trending suspects the important filming is in the can before we hear a whisper.

What is known is that the first pictures of Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne) and Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth) on the set were recently released on the ‘net, and presumed “unguarded comments” of Caine’s during the Cars 2 press junket has set off another round of “spoiler warnings” about imagined plot points thus revealed.Gotham General Hospital, The Dark Knight Rises location shoot at Delta Point, Croyden

This is the fifth such flutter, previous ones having been set off by “unguarded comments” of Gary Oldman’s during an early interview, by an object seen near the Gotham General Hospital set at Delta Point in Croyden, the casting of Liam Neeson, and believing Nolan’s assistant director was Hugo Strange.


The Dark Knight Rises Production Overview

Nothing really new from’s Production “Update”.  We already knew about Croyden, Inverness, Wayne Manor at Osterley Park and Wollaton Hall etc.  but Somebody Likes the UK does provide an excellent snapshot.

Production has since moved a bit south of Central London to Croydon, where filming is taking place at the Delta Point offices. Pictures from recent filming have been popping up all over the place — some of which could be quite spoiler-y, so beware. Much of the cast seems to be on location for a lot of the recent filming, although production members are going to great lengths to keep things like that as secret as possible.

We mentioned in our last article that the production is said to be visiting Glasgow sometime this month, but we’ve also recently learned of a couple locations that will be used for the new Wayne Manor in The Dark Knight Rises. The official Nottingham website is noting that Wollaton Hall — a 16th-century mansion — will be closed from June 25th to July 2nd in order to “enable a film to have exclusive access” to the mansion. You may notice from the picture I used in the article banner above that Wollaton Hall looks very similar to Mentmore Towers — the location used for the original Wayne Manor used in Batman Begins. Given the events that transpire in that film, it’s only logical that the exact same location wouldn’t be used again. However, it should look quite similar — and it does. We’ve also learned via another official website that another mansion in the UK will temporarily closing — this time Osterley Park in West London. The mansion will be closed on various dates from June 15th to June 22nd. It is believed that this location will be used for Wayne Manor interiors.  More »