The widow of a stunt technician who was killed during the filming of The Dark Knight in September 2007 has told an inquest in England that his death might have been prevented had the studio initiated adequate safeguards. Derryn Chase testified that Warner Bros. ought to have assigned a health-and-safety coordinator to the set. Later, in an interview with the New Zealand Press Association, Chase said, ""Warner Brothers are a huge multi-million dollar company. Why are they cutting corners? These guys are under pressure because the director will say he wants something and they have to respond as quickly as possible. It is the culture of the industry and it needs to change. I just want to see the big companies take health and safety seriously in the movie industry." Her husband, Conway Wickliffe, was killed during the filming of a scene in which the Batmobile was blown up. The New Zealand native had previously worked on such films as Batman Begins, Children of Men, Casino Royale, and Die Another Day.

05/11/2008