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Steelers checking out new Batman movie thanks to co-owner

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As we sit here by our computers or mobile devices, the Steelers are taking in a private screening of the new Batman movie.

And it might leave some of them more breathless than others.

Thanks to Steelers co-owner Thomas Tull, a recent investor with the Rooney family, a number of players make cameo appearances in the The Dark Knight Rises.

Tull, the CEO of Legendary Entertainment, is one of the movie’s producers and the movie has a distinct Pittsburgh feel. The city is one of five backdrops for the movie, and Hines Ward, Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu and Mike Wallace make appearances as members of the Gotham Rogues, coached by former Steelers boss Bill Cowher.

In the scene that made trailers that have been out for months, Ward’s running with the ball as Heinz Field begins to explode, under attack from the bad guys.

“I’ve run scared before but I really ran scared that day,” Ward told Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “They told me, ‘Don’t look back.’ I felt the explosion when I was running. I had to wear earplugs. Usually, I’m smiling when I’m running, but that day I was actually screaming.”

It beats Dancing with the Stars, anyway.

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24 Responses to “Steelers checking out new Batman movie thanks to co-owner”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Jul 17, 2012 9:13 PM

    That dude with Hines Ward looks like Emmanuel Lewis. Is my age showing or what?

  2. ramcountry says: Jul 17, 2012 9:31 PM

    Three more days. Really looking forward to it.

  3. j0esixpack says: Jul 17, 2012 9:36 PM

    Damn, post a spoiler alert next time. I was dying to know who would replace Heath Ledger as the maniacal villain and it turns out it’s Big Ben.

    Should have seen that comin’

  4. straightfromthedonkeysmouth says: Jul 17, 2012 9:45 PM

    I CANT WAITE TO SEE THIS MOVIE WITH MY 24 YR OLD DIE HARD STEELERS FAN DAUGHTER…… . WE CALL HER PITTSBERG PATTY BECAUSE SHE DRIVES A VOLKSWAGON BEATLE WITH A LARGE STEELER LOGO ON THE BACK WINDOW WITH A TERRIBLE TOWEL ON THE DASHBOARD IN SAN DIEGO, CA SEEMS 2 PISS PEOPLE OFF HERE FOR SOME REASON!! LOL

  5. nolahxc says: Jul 17, 2012 9:53 PM

    Can’t wait to see it!

  6. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Jul 17, 2012 10:09 PM

    I predict the Rouges go 8-8 and miss the playoffs this year.

    I sympathize with Gotham fans though, I thought us Vikings fan had it bad when the roof collapsed, at least our whole stadium didn’t get blown up!

  7. sneschalmers says: Jul 17, 2012 10:39 PM

    Ah you know it’s Hollywood when Hines Ward is able to outrun, well, anything.

  8. govtminion says: Jul 17, 2012 10:54 PM

    Proof that Bane was half-assing the bombing- even Hines Ward outran the blasts.

  9. jessethegreat says: Jul 17, 2012 11:09 PM

    “I’m Batman”

  10. bleed4philly says: Jul 17, 2012 11:12 PM

    That’s awesome!

  11. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jul 17, 2012 11:18 PM

    It’s only worth watching if Hines gets swallowed.

  12. fishfiletkray says: Jul 17, 2012 11:27 PM

    I’ve never really been in to the super hero movie genre but these recent batman movies have been incredible.

  13. ravenator says: Jul 17, 2012 11:33 PM

    But has Wallace signed his tender? Or still a no show?

  14. benmci says: Jul 17, 2012 11:33 PM

    Shame this movie isn’t true…….I would love to see Heinz Field explode. Bain

  15. iplayforrexryan says: Jul 17, 2012 11:44 PM

    you da man Hines!

  16. thermalito says: Jul 17, 2012 11:44 PM

    As long as its not a movie with Cult of $cientology wacko Tom Cruise starring in it I’m all for it.

  17. kerc1986 says: Jul 17, 2012 11:45 PM

    Spoiler alert. Batman dies at end of movie

  18. damnyoulinelliot says: Jul 17, 2012 11:53 PM

    Can’t wait to see this movie. I’ll just ignore the fact that the Steelers/”Gotham Rogues” are in it too.

  19. randomcommenter says: Jul 18, 2012 12:29 AM

    Dark Knight Rises will probably make half their money in Ohio.

    Watching Heinz field blow up in a movie is the closest the Browns or Bengals will get to winning a Super Bowl.

  20. tannethrill says: Jul 18, 2012 12:42 AM

    In a perfect would it’s the Pats that got the screening and a player would get caught recording it.

  21. discosucs2005 says: Jul 18, 2012 2:25 AM

    Is Bill Cowher secretly Bain? Is that mask so he doesn’t spit on everybody?

  22. borisbulldog says: Jul 18, 2012 3:14 AM

    Omg, they put those pennsyltucky hicks in a Batman movie?

  23. usfbulls86 says: Jul 18, 2012 6:19 AM

    Honestly. Who cares about the Steelers? Who cares about the Steelers with Batman? Please give me back the time I wasted reading this article. The Steelers are gonna have about 6 years of rebuilding and will still suck.

  24. stavreafavre says: Jul 18, 2012 3:44 PM

    Their acting prowess will never compare to that of Paul Hornung in “The Devil’s Brigade.”

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