PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Once again the Mellon Institute steps transformed into Gotham City Hall for the day so that Batman and Bane could roll on with their grudge match.

With a crowd of 50 to 100 people looking on from across the street Wednesday afternoon, a legion of Gotham City Police went toe to toe with Bane’s mercenaries as the opposing heroes battled their way through the crowd.

“It’s been an awesome experience,” said Zach Cline who drove from Hartsville, Ohio with a friend just to see a bit of the Dark Night action. “Batman has been my hero since I was two and I just want to see anything I can.”

Throughout the day, Fifth Avenue was closed, forcing traffic to detour to adjacent streets which frayed some nerves behind the wheel, but it didn’t faze the Batman loyalists.

By midday, rain spread over the area just as the filming on the Institute steps was concluding and despite wearing a rubber suit – Batman headed for cover. (Actually, throughout the drizzle between scenes, a crew member was holding an umbrella over Batman keeping the suit dry.)

Some in the crowd were a bit disappointed expecting explosions and fire from the scene today. A Pittsburgh Fire crew was on standby to make sure any pretend scene didn’t become something real.

Another day of filming is planned in Oakland Thursday before the Dark Knight takes flight to Heinz Field for the weekend.

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