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Batman fans fill Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field for “Dark Knight” filming

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers will don different jerseys Saturday as they take to the turf on Heinz Field as members of the Gotham City Rouges. It’s all part of a scene Christopher Nolan is filming for his upcoming Batman sequel “The Dark Knight Rises,” which has taken oer Pittsburgh these last few weeks.

“Decked out in the Rogues’ colors of black and gold, thousands of fans cheered as some Steelers, including Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward, appeared, playing members of the Rogues. Bill Cowher returned, prowling the sidelines in his familiar role of coach. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is dusting off his college skills and playing a kicker for the Rapid City Monuments, the Rogues’ rivals,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes of today’s filming.

The football scenes are the latest in a flurry of Steel City shots that have leaked on the Internet, giving fans their first look at villains Bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway). The report out of Pittsburgh makes no mention of a Batman appearance on the field, or the arrival of any villain. So far, it is just in-game action, so maybe there’s a conversation between key figures in the stands.

But Nolan is working a little movie magic, shifting the 10,000 or so extras who showed up to different sections of the stadium to make it look like the 60,000-capacity venue is jam packed.

Jeannette Walker, 51, a rural postal carrier, took the day off on Friday to prepare to be an extra for this extra-special sequel.

“We wanted to be a part of the movie. I plan on starting as an unpaid extra and leaving as a paid one,” Walker laughed.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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