One of the most awe-inspiring scenes in "The Dark Knight Rises" occurs when Bane (Tom Hardy) blows up the Gotham Rogues football field just after opening kickoff of a big game. The moment is a visual-effects dynamo, but if you think it was done solely via computer generation, you certainly don't know much about director Christopher Nolan.

Nolan, who prides himself on using practical special effects whenever possible, created a whole dummy field above the one at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, where the scene was shot. ("The Dark Knight Rises" even includes actual Pittsburgh Steelers players like Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward as members of the Rogues.) Explosions were set off to get the desired effect, while the depth of the damage was later adjusted in post-production.

Watch how Nolan and his team achieved the scene in the featurette above. The clip is part of the "Dark Knight Rises" DVD and Blu-ray, out in stores on Dec. 4.

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  • Anne Hathaway As Catwoman

  • Christian Bale & Anne Hathaway

  • Tom Hardy As Bane

  • Christian Bale As Batman

  • Tom Hardy as Bane

  • Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate

  • Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox

  • Anne Hathaway

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Gary Oldman

  • Christian Bale & Michael Caine

  • The Tumbler

  • Tom Hardy & Christian Bale

  • Tom Hardy As Bane

  • Christian Bale

  • Christian Bale

  • Christian Bale

  • Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

  • Christopher Nolan

  • Christopher Nolan

  • Anne Hathaway

  • Christopher Nolan

  • Gary Oldman

  • Morgan Freeman & Christian Bale

  • Morgan Freeman

  • Anne Hathaway

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Marion Cotillard

  • Nolan, Freeman, Bale

  • Tom Hardy

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Matthew Modine

  • Tom Hardy

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  • Michael Caine