ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls a play against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ben Roethlisberger
Ladies and gentlemen, your Gotham Rogues!
Hines Ward...Willie Colon...Heath Miller...Troy Polamalu...and #7 in your program, #1 in your hearts, Ben Roethlisberger!
The Pittsburgh Steelers' QB himself confirmed that he and several of his teammates have been drafted by director Christopher Nolan to portray Gotham City's professional football team in the upcoming "Dark Knight Rises."
In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger explained:
“I heard it’s going to be a neat thing at the stadium. I don’t think it will be a big part, it’s not like we’re chasing Batman down or anything," he joked. "From what I’ve heard, it’s going to be like a pre-game, warming-up type thing. I don’t know the whole concept. There’s a Gotham team, a football game. We’ll be wearing uniforms. It will be fun.”
In the comics, Gotham's pro football franchise has been known as the Wildcats and the Knights (snicker). But this local Pittsburgh news report confirms they will definitely be the Rogues.
Nolan and company have been filming in Pittsburgh for the past few weeks, and although Roethlisberger doesn't think he and his teammates (Maurkice Pouncey, LaMarr Woodley, Mike Wallace, Aaron Smith, Ryan Clark, James Farrior, and Casey Hampton also participated) will see much action, an official casting notice suggests otherwise. The notice indicates that filming at Heinz Field will involve "LOTS [sic] of special effects and stunt men," adding "Nothing is ever as it seems in Gotham City, especially at such a high profile game."
That seems to be confirmed by this video shot by an extra at Heinz Field. Boom goes the dynamite.
As cool as this is, it does set a dangerous precedent...
"Dark Knight Rises" doesn't actually hit theaters until next year.