The Dark Knight Rises Takes Over Heinz Field

Production is well underway for The Dark Knight Rises and this weekend, the cast and crew headed over to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh to shoot some scenes. Lots of extras were in attendance and thanks to videos, photos and on location reports, we have some sort of idea as to what went on this weekend during the shoot.

Here’s what we know so far. The scene is CGI heavy and depicts a football game between the Gotham Rogues and the Rapid City Monuments. All goes well until Bane and his cronies arrive at the stadium with the intentions of setting off a bomb. The caped crusader’s newest villain takes the field and announces “Take control of your city… behold the object of your liberation.” Then the chaos and destruction begins.

Check out this report from one of the extras who wrote up their experience on Comic Book Movie.

The Gotham Rogues played the Rapid City Monuments. During the opening kick off, Bane sets off a bomb that blows up a large chunk of the football field and kills the players. The mercs storm the stadium along with bane & he has some sort of bomb. He makes a speech about “the device being our liberation” It all looked really good & it was all filmed with IMAX cameras.

when Tom hardy was giving the car away, they had him on the big screen talking. There was a small, white tube going up his back into his mask, likely going into his head.

someone already put up about the tumblers, that’s false info. They aren’t included in the shot at all, only made an appearance to show them off

Not an earthquake machine. Nothing was said about it. It’s probably a bomb…remember, they blew up the field so what he was standing on was the remains of the field. The rest will be altered digitally & covered in smoke

Correction: bane says “take control of your city….behold the object of your liberation”

Update: the bane scene was him walking out of the tunnel after the field was blown up. He spoke into a mic he took off a dead referee. He literally sounds like an old man on a respirator. It was hard to make out what he said. Something along the lines of “your city is being liberated…” he had a big object about 5 feet tall, it was a sphere, probably a bomb. Think about the one in the batman movie with two-face at the circus

The explosions werent much so im not too mad about it. Its all gonna be digital effects. It’s sooo hot. They are having a raffle now. I think the next scene is bane, they said he comes out and threatens the crowd. I saw a friend of mine who was a merc, he said Tom hardy is super cool to talk to and real down the earth. He said the costumes are awesome. I’ll try to snap pictures of him in action.

The explosions just happened, couldn’t get a picture bc our section had to run away from it. They just said that the “field will be totally destroyed” and the only part left is the one picture I sent you with the field elevated. They also jus said the 3 tumblers will be brought out again bc “bane stole them” I don’t know how true that is, but they announced it so let’s see how that rolls

They are filming the football scene now where the players are running & the field is blowing up. There are holes in that plateau the players disappear into

And to clarify: It was NOT Gordon who was captured; it was the “Mad Scientist” character played by Alon Aboutboul. Didn’t get to see what happened because they never let us come back out to the field after they finished the Hines Ward/explosion scene. Some players did, unfortunately I didn’t. Caught a brief glimpse of Bane (no sleeves…just the military vest) and Aboutbol’s character was on his knees with what looked liked his hands behind his back.

No word on what the “Earthquake Machine” or bomb actually is, but it’s basically a large black metal ball with silver machinery wrapped around it. It’s big, as you can tell.

Bane’s accent was great, weezy and raspy. I’m sure all others in attendance will agree. But they also might change it in post.It initially did sound a bit hispanic but then in later takes he veered into more I guess I’d just call it an “older” person voice, very strained and raspy/weezy, no real accent.  It definitely caught me off guard but the more takes they did, the more awesome it sounded. He does little throat clearing/raspy noises which reminded me of Heath’s lip-licking tick’s. It should be awesome if it is in fact the “real” voice.

CBM has a bunch of photos and videos from the shoot but I think the on set description above is the most valuable information that we got this weekend and if it’s 100% accurate, it sounds like it’s going to be quite a set piece. The video below gives us a quick peek at the voice being described in the description above. It starts at about 1:47 and only lasts for a couple of seconds but I must admit, it does sound a bit odd. Check it out below.

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It seems like Bane is going to be a pretty formidable opponent for Batman and it makes me wonder, how will he compare to The Joker? In The Dark Knight, The Joker caused some pretty significant mayhem, will Bane be able to top that? You also have to wonder, will Tom Hardy make Bane out to be a better villain than The Joker was? Can anyone top Heath Ledger?

All those questions and more will be answered when The Dark Knight Rises hits theatres on July 20, 2012.