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From Beowulf to Batman, we are a people of hero seekers, real or imaginary.  Our incessant quest seems to be even more acute in recent years as Hollywood plays a major role in fanning the flame.  The latest frenzy is in Hong Kong, where the new Batman movie The Dark Knight is filming on location.

To be released in July, 2008, the Batman sequel will again feature Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman, Lucius Fox.  Reportedly, Jack Nicholson was furious to find out that Heath Ledger will be replacing him as The Joker.  For the first time, Batman is going to venture out Gotham City, and the Metropolis of Hong Kong is the very location (plus Chicago and England) director Christopher Nolan finds most suitable for the superhero’s new crime fighting scenes to take place.

Thanks to my Hong Kong correspondent, I received these fresh photos, taken near the filming location in Hong Kong Central.  Crowds gathered to watch from a distance, many eagerly taking pictures of the filming.  The insatiable quest for the hero figure is indeed universal:

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The International Finance Centre (IFC), where Batman reportedly will jump off:

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Filming inside the famed Central-Mid-Level Escalator Walkway System:

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Photos copyright:  IPTV, November, 2007.

Used by Permission.

Update Jan. 22, 2008: Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment today.  He was 28.

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