"Batman" film technician dies in accident

LONDON (Reuters) A special effects technician involved in the filming of the new Batman movie has died in a car accident, the film’s producers said on Tuesday.

A scene from the 2005 film "Batman Begins" in an image courtesy of Warner Bros. A special effects technician involved in the filming of the new Batman movie has died in a car accident, the film's producers said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Handout

An investigation has been launched after the man was killed when his 4x4 vehicle crashed into a tree during a dummy film run, Warner Brothers said in a statement.

The studio said that none of the cast, which includes several Hollywood stars, was involved in the accident that occurred at a special effects facility.

It added that the fatal crash did not happen on the set or during filming for “Batman: The Dark Knight”.

Media reports said the vehicle was following a stunt car, believed to be the Batmobile, at a property near Chertsey, Surrey.

“There was a fatal accident ... at a special effects facility for “The Dark Knight,” the studio said in a statement.

“A special effects technician on the film was in a truck that struck a tree at the end of a test run-through.

“Warner Bros Pictures and the entire cast and crew of ‘The Dark Knight’ are deeply saddened by this tragedy and their hearts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased.”

The name of the dead man has not been released.

Surrey Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said they were investigating a workplace fatality on a film set.

An HSE spokesman added: “There was filming of some sort involving a vehicle stunt and there was an accident.”

“It appears one vehicle was undertaking some stunt driving and another 4x4 provided the camera platform. The second vehicle and a camera operator were involved in a collision with a tree.

“Batman: The Dark Knight,” starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine as his butler, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman, is due for release in the United Kingdom next year.

Most of the film, director Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to “Batman Begins,” has been shot in Chicago, with other scenes from London and Hong Kong.