NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Batman has come to Newark.

Scenes for the “Dark Knight Rises” — the follow-up to Christopher Nolan’s 2008 blockbuster hit — are being filmed Thursday and Friday at City Hall.

City and transit officials are urging those who work in the area to allow extra time to get around.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

Traffic is being rerouted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and for two days, the Newark Light Rail from Penn Station to Broad Street Station will not be running. There will be alternate bus services provided for affected commuters.

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The movie is expected to hit theaters next summer.

Curious Newarkers gathered around City Hall to catch a glimpse of the caped crusader.

“I’m looking for the bat signal now,” one man joked.

“I want to see Batman beating some guy up in the middle of Newark,” another man said. “Preferably another actor, but I would settle for anybody.”

One woman said she saw the trailers for stars Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Gary Oldman.

Morgan Freeman's doppleganger walks off the set through a crowd of onlookers as the real star is ushered out the front of City Hall into a waiting SUV. (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Another was hoping to get her ticket to Hollywood.

“I’ve actually come down here in hopes of being an extra,” she said.

If there’s any city that can use a superhero locals say it’s Newark. Officials have been struggling to curb the violence in the crime-ridden city.

“We need Batman to come help with all this violence that’s going on,” one boy said. “People are scared to walk the streets in Newark.”

“It’s the real Gotham City over here, we need a real Batman, Superman, we need some big guys,” one man said.

In July, Newark reported more than 175 shootings, leaving more than 200 people killed or injured. Violence continued to plague the city through the rest of the summer.

In September, Newark received a $2 million federal grant for juvenile crime prevention initiatives.

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