Newark residents can expect traffic jams downtown next week — especially along Raymond Boulevard — as Warner Bros. shoots scenes for the upcoming Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises."
An emailed memo outlining details about the filming said scenes for "Magnus Rex," the film's code name, will be shot at 1100 Raymond Boulevard, a building that houses a Social Security satellite office and other federal agencies. The massive, gray structure is across the street from the Seton Hall Law School.
This week, city officials declined to comment on whether the latest installment in the Batman series was coming to Brick City. On Wednesday, officials sent an email to news reporters that informed residents of road closures and mass transit delays on Thursday, Nov. 3, and Friday, Nov. 4, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. because of "filming," but did not name the movie.
Thursday's memo, though, sent by a federal official to employees in the Raymond Boulevard building and obtained by Patch, outlines some of the movie shoot. In the email, the official wrote that he met with a Warner Bros. representative.
The memo said on Friday, Nov. 4, there will be 100 actors dressed as police officers for a shoot, which will take place at the northwest corner of the building from approximately 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the actors, there will be mock SWAT and emergency vehicles, according to the email.
The memo also details preparations for the filming, including lining movie trucks along Mulberry Street on Nov. 3 and cleaning windows of the Raymond Boulevard building on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
The email states Warner Bros. crews will be based at Military Park during at least one of the two days of filming.
Rumors of "The Dark Knight Rises" shooting in Newark have swirled since May, when Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced on Twitter that he met with the film's producer.
His tweet read, "Met with the producer and studio team for the next Batman Movie. Great people! They hope to film scenes in Nwk. Holy Brick City Batman! POW!"
Scenes for "The Dark Knight Rises" already have been shot in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Jodhpur, India. The film is being directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader. It is scheduled to open in theaters next summer.