Why is The Dark Knight Rises starting production in India?

Production on The Dark Knight Rises begins next week in India. Any guesses why Christopher Nolan is starting to shoot his final Batman film there?

According to the Times of India, the production crew arrives on May 4 and 5 and has booked two days of filming (May 6 and 7) at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhphur. A total of 15 crew people will be in attendance, along with just one actor—star Christian Bale.

So why is Nolan using that setting in his third and final movie about the Caped Crusader? In Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne traveled to the Far East to learn about the criminal mindset, while in The Dark Knight Batman went on a clandestine mission to Hong Kong to capture the crooked accountant who was laundering the Gotham underworld's money.

Badass Digest theorizes that Nolan is using the fort as a possible base of operations—past or present—for the League of Shadows, the shadowy militia run by Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins. Speculation is rampant that the League will return in The Dark Knight Rises, possibly under the command of Bane (Tom Hardy) and Talia al Ghul.

Although Talia has not been officially named as a character in the film, it's widely assumed that Miranda Tate, the role being played by Marion Cotillard, is a front for Ra's' vengeful daughter. Josh Pence has also been cast as a younger version of Ra's, presumably for a flashback sequence.

The Dark Knight Rises will also shoot in Pittsburgh, New York and London, but none of those spots have anything as remotely awesome-looking as this 650-year-old edifice, which has not one but multiple palaces hidden behind its towering walls. Check it out:

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