The Dark Knight Rises (2012), "Football stadium"
Bane's (Tom Hardy) evil plans become terrifyingly clear when the masked villain detonates a bomb in the middle of a football game, to the horror of both the crowd and the movie audience. Stunts, practical special effects and some intricate digital detail made the sequence possible.
During filming, which took place at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, the filmmakers crafted a raised section of field with various holes for stuntmen to drop into. Special effects supervisor Chris Corbould (Casino Royale, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) then set off a series of explosions that looked like dirt-filled charges emanating from the ground. Over 11,000 extras in the stadium provided real screams behind the filmed action.
With that practical footage in hand, visual effects studio Double Negative set about digitally augmenting the scene to show the devastating effects of the underground blasts. This involved replacing parts of the surface of the field as it blows up and warps, adding in more debris and chaos, and even duplicating players with digital doubles as they are consumed by the explosions.