Parts of Liverpool city centre and Wirral will be transformed into Gotham City for a new blockbuster movie starring Robert Pattinson. Tony McDonough reports
Liverpool will be transformed into Gotham City for the filming of a new Batman movie and the city council has revealed how the filming will impact on the local streets.
With a title of The Batman, the film will star Robert Pattinson as the famous DC character with a scheduled release date of June 2021. Articulated Productions will be shooting scenes in Liverpool and Wirral, from Monday, March 16 until Sunday March, 29.
Liverpool Film Office has been working with the production team for a number of months to source locations. A small amount of disruption is expected when road closures are in place around Lime Street and Regent Road, with these locations being used for major scenes in the film.
Bus passengers using those services that are directly affected by any road closures should check timetables and allow more time for their journeys. Passengers are also advised that any disruptions to Queens Square Bus Station will be kept to a minimum and customers will be kept informed.
Roads which will be affected by the filming are:
William Brown Street
This will be closed to vehicles until Tuesday, March 24, however disabled parking will be maintained.
From Monday, March 16, to Wednesday, March 18, traffic will be stopped for short periods throughout the day (no longer than five minutes). This will take place periodically from 9.30am to 4pm. Thursday, March 19, will see Lime Street (in front of St George’s Hall) closed from 7.30pm until 5.30am. St Johns Lane and Queens Square Bus Station will close from 10pm to 5.30am on March 30.
Regent Road (from Millers Bridge to Blackstone Street)
This road will close on various nights between Wednesday, March 18, to Sunday, March 29. These will all be from 7pm to 6am. This closure will include various roads off Regent Road.
This will close 8am Sunday 22 March until 7am Monday 23 March.
Rendel Street, Wirral
This area will be closed for various nights between 7pm and 6am between Tuesday, March 24, and Sunday, March 29. This will also include road closures and traffic control measures at Marcus Street, Freeman Street, Park Street, Bridge Street and Rendel Street from its roundabout junction with the A554 to Cleveland Street, and Corporation Street between Rendel Street and Pool Street.
Other smaller closures will also take place over the course of these days. However these are localised, and the production team are liaising with residents and businesses in the area.
Head of Liverpool Film Office, Lynn Saunders, said: “Productions taking over our city region streets is a common sight, and we are delighted that after months of discussions, this feature film is finally gearing up to shoot here. To secure filming of this nature is always a fantastic coup, and we always love seeing the city on the silver screen.