By Dave Crawley

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — On Friday, July 20, the blockbuster film “The Dark Knight Rises” opens in area theaters.

The role of Gotham City is actually a composite of several locations, with some of the most dramatic scenes set in Pittsburgh.

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Heinz Field figures prominently.

“We have a big stadium we have to blow up,” says one producer. “The Pittsburgh Steelers kindly allowed us their stadium.”

“We had 11,000 people show up for one of those shoots,” says another, “to play fans for the Gotham Rogues.”

The result, with Steelers great Hines Ward running through a minefield, is one of the most visual special effects in the film.

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“The Dark Knight” rises early in several theaters on July 20. Just one of 11 midnight shows at Lowe’s Waterfront has tickets remaining.

Pittsburgh Mills Imax sold out.

Another theater in the complex still has seats. And both midnight shows at Settlers Ridge have sold out. More may be added.

Getting midnight tickets in Pittsburgh would be a tough order for Batman himself.

To watch a trailer for the movie, click here.

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