Hong Kong is set to join London and Chicago as a filming location for Warner Bros' latest Batman flick, The Dark Knight.

The Hong Kong Film Services Office (FSO), which provides location support to foreign productions, said the picture is expected to shoot in the territory this November.

The Central district will be the main location, including landmarks such as the Central-Mid-Levels escalator, 80-storey skyscraper The Center and Queen's Road Central.

The nightly Symphony of Lights with the participation of 43 buildings on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon - the world's largest permanent light and sound show according to the Guiness World Records - may also be featured.

While Hong Kong has played host to numerous international productions, most recently Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer and Tran Anh Hung's I Come With the Rain, Batman's arrival in the prime Central business district has created concern among district councillors about road closures and noise pollution.

During a public consultation held last Thursday, production co-ordinator October Pictures said proper arrangements would be made to minimise any inconvenience to the public.

FSO is waiting for a firm schedule from the filmmakers before a shooting permit can be processed.

The picture is directed by Christopher Nolan as a follow-up to his Batman Begins with Christian Bale as the caped crusader. Heath Ledger, Michael Caine and Singapore actor Chin Han co-star.