the coolest thing in the world

In Slovenia last week, one of my hosts, Aljosa Bagola (a cooler cat I never did meet), caught wind that I was a Batman fan and promptly pulled this image up on his iPhone.

joker kick flipping skateboard

Heath Ledger, as Joker, kick-flipping over Christian Bale on the set of The Dark Knight.

So. Freaking. Cool.

Enjoy it for a moment. Look at it over and over again. Then scroll down.

It’s a fake.

But – like you – for a few moments, before I got ’round to blogging it at least, I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.


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  1. When I saw this I had to look twice – what tipped me off was the fact that the building at the far right had scaffolding in front of it, and it didn’t when they were filming here in Chicago in the summer of 2008.

    Taking a shot like this is rather easy. The location, at the corner of LaSalle and Monroe, is usually deserted by sundown as this is the heart of the financial district and save a few lost tourists and cabs, the area is pretty deserted.

    This is an actual location from the movie – the funeral scene as well as the helicopter crash were filmed on LaSalle, with the iconic Chicago Board of Trade framing the shots nicely.

    That was a fun summer. I recall walking to the movies one night and walking by sets for both The Dark Knight and Wanted (the scene where she is in the red car in the middle of the intersection, just a few blocks from me on Wabash and Lake) and when we got the the theatre, we saw a trailer for The Dark Knight – it was Christan Bale and Michael Caine talking with the bat logo zooming in on the screen – too cool!

    Now 2 summers ago when they filmed Transformers 3 here, now that was a hot mess!


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