Animal rights protestors in London are furious with plans to shoot the new Batman movie at an animal testing facility.

British director Christopher Nolan wants to use the 1950s-built NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH in Mill Hill, north London, as a location for upcoming prequel BATMAN BEGINS - due to star Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson.

A WARNER BROS spokesperson explains, "We felt this building offered a unique visual element for our movie.

"Neither Warner Bros Pictures nor the film-makers, cast or crew of Batman Begins wish to endorse or condemn any social or political position by choosing to film the facade of the institute."

But members of the MILL HILL ANTI-VIVISECTION ALLIANCE are already vowing to disrupt any filming at the centre - where animals are used to research diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis.

Alliance member PAT KINNUNEN tells the HENDON TIMES newspaper, "It is extremely sad that this has to go ahead.

"I believe this institute is all about cruelty to animals and it is an awful shame that this is the location that has been chosen to shoot the Batman film."

28/04/2004 21:37