Darren Franich
November 15, 2011 AT 10:44 PM EST

In hindsight, it always seemed a little bit unlikely that The Dark Knight Rises would film scenes at Occupy Wall Street. Rises, after all, is the product of a massive capitalistic megacorporation — which is so all-encompassing that it actually owns the words I’m typing right now — and the film’s protagonist is a multi-billionaire who specifically spends his life trying to defeat colorful anarchists, not promote them. Still, with news flooding in about police in riot gear clearing out Zuccotti Park, it’s fun to imagine what might have been. Over at Indiewire, Rises co-star Matthew Modine is currently claiming that the film did apparently come close to filming OWS, for reasons clearly inspired by FDR’s New Deal policies: “It seemed like a good idea to give [the protesters] an opportunity for work, to give them money.”

But ultimately, Christopher Nolan & Co. concluded that it would do OWS a disservice to feature them in the film. “We didn’t want to trivialize it,” says Modine. “It was more important to respect what they’re doing than to do anything that could potentially trivialize the political situation.” Still unclear: Exactly what pre-existing plotline in Dark Knight Rises the OWS protests would have factored into. Could Batman’s famously troubled Gotham City be experiencing its own Recession?

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