The Dark Knight Ditches Chicago

Filming the new "Superman" movie in Chicago could have been a factor

Out of the darkness comes the Knight abandoning the Windy City for the Steel City.

"The Dark Knight Rises" will film in Pittsburgh starting this summer. Chicago will not be featured in the third installment in director Chris Nolan's franchise.

Chicago starred as Gotham City in 2005's "Batman Begins" and 2008's "The Dark Knight." The films brought an estimated economic boost of more than $50 million to the city.

Maybe the Man of Steel scared off the Dark Knight?

Nolan is producing "Superman: Man of Steel" about the same time as the new Batman movie. 

Richard Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office, told the Chicago Tribune it would have been "challenging" for the filmmakers and the city to handle both films.

Chicago could have become a miniature version of the Justice League.

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