Fans of Christopher Nolan's much-praised "Batman" film franchise are eagerly awaiting the third and final installment in his trilogy reboot titled "The Dark Knight Rises." With only a painfully short teaser trailer and some spy shots to go off of, we know very little about what to expect from the latest flick involving the crime-fighting, soul-tortured superhero. 


One thing that is expected is the return of Wayne Manor, the home of billionaire Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman) that was destroyed in a fire at the end of the first film. Naturally, this would also include the "Batcave" — an addition that's been all but confirmed, thanks to some observant residents of South Wales in the U.K. 


According to WalesOnline, filmmakers for "The Dark Knight Rises" were in Brecon Beacons National Park several weeks ago shooting external shots of Henrhyd Waterfall in the Neath Valley. The 90-foot falls are notable because of an accessible area behind them that offers a unique view. The source added that the shots are to be used in an opening sequence of the film in which Bruce Wayne discovers the Batcave.



As for the interior shots, rumors point to Nolan using the very dramatic-looking Turda Salt Mines in Romania. First mentioned in the year 1075, the mines closed in 1932 but are now a popular tourist site. It's easy to see (with very little Hollywood touches needed) how this location could make Batman feel very much at home. Check out some additional shots below. 



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This waterfall may hide Batman's Batcave
All signs point to Henrhyd Waterfall in South Wales as the new entrance to the superhero's secret lair.