Monday, September 15, 2008

Related Cinema

Batman Begins

Bruce Wayne: Did you build this train, Dad?
Thomas Wayne: Gotham's been good to our family, but the city's been suffering. People less fortunate than us have been enduring very hard times. So we built a new, cheap, public transportation system to unite the city. And at the center...Wayne Tower.
Bruce Wayne: Is that where you work?
Thomas Wayne: No, I work at the hospital. I leave the running of our company to much better men.
Bruce Wayne: Better?
Thomas Wayne: Well...more interested men.


Anonymous said...

So Gotham's mass transit was built with private money...

I wonder why companies will spend for toll roads but not rails?

arcady said...

Chicago's El system was built, as far as I understand it, with private money, at least for the original elevated parts. The subways came later, and were government projects. And that's why public funding is needed for infrastructure.

Brian Goldner said...

i think it's interesting that batman begins was in a cgi fake gotham, but dark knight was a mix of nyc & chicago

John K said...

@ Brian: What are you talking about? Batman Begins as well as TDK are both almost 100% Chicago, shot IN Chicago. There's some CGI such as a few aerials and the Narrows but even with the CGI clearly Chicago landmarks, architecture, and bridges can be seen.

@ arcady: I believe the Met, Lake Street L, and South Side Elevated were all privately built (and operated?), and later consolidated and publicly operated when the CTA was formed.