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Why did the Wayne Enterprises corporate building change so radically between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight? I saw no reference at all to the change in the movies themselves.

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The Wayne Enterprises corporate building as seen in Batman Begins.
A silver/light gray, 3 tiered structure capped with greenish pyramid.

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The Wayne Enterprises corporate building as seen in The Dark Knight.
A black, very box like structure.

I can think of a few (v. poor) reasons for the color change, but why change even the shape of the building?

marked as duplicate by phantom42, Ward, Shevliaskovic, Valorum, Justin Ethier Oct 3 '14 at 11:52

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  • @phantom42 The only answer states "You also have the whole dark-to-light theme of the series." Umm.. this was actually light to dark, so if that is the correct answer for that question, it also raises the question 'why did the look of the buildings go in the opposite direction to that?' – Andrew Thompson Oct 3 '14 at 5:58
  • Regardless of answers, both questions are about the evolution of the city designs, and are close enough for dupes, IMO. Why might the Wayne building color evolution go backwards from the rest of the city? One could theorize that while the city generally gains hope through the series, Bruce/Batman loses it. – phantom42 Oct 3 '14 at 6:35
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    @phantom42 If you accept (as explained in the Wiki) that they are not even the same building, then that is definitely not a duplicate. (I.E. the 2nd building is the special projects division, to which the HQ was moved after the first film.) – Andrew Thompson Oct 3 '14 at 6:38
  • Donald Trump had a sale? – Major Stackings Oct 3 '14 at 6:51
  • @AndrewThompson: “The only answer states "You also have the whole dark-to-light theme of the series." Umm.. this was actually light to dark”. You don’t think all the Bane stuff in Rises was a delightful light-hearted romp? – Paul D. Waite Oct 3 '14 at 10:06
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The corporate building does not change, in that the Wayne Tower does not transform into the black box structure office building in your second picture. However, headquarters have moved to the same building where the Special Projects Division is located. See: http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/Wayne_Enterprises

  • I agree, specially since the events at the end of Batman Begins might have damaged the first building (monorail, water mains) and that building is going to need serious repair and constructions for a long time, so it is wise to move the headquarters to another building of the Wayne corporation. – Kreann Oct 3 '14 at 13:22

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