Even if only by name, Rapid City will have a small part in the new Batman movie slated for release next summer.

Filming for "The Dark Knight Rises" began in May, according to a written release from Warner Bros. Pictures.

The film is the final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. "Batman Begins" and sequel "The Dark Knight" preceded the new film.

Publicist Claudia Kalindjian confirmed that the Gotham Rogues play the Rapid City Monuments football team in the new film but said she couldn't release any more details regarding the movie.

She also declined to say which actors might be playing the Rapid City Monument characters or how writers for the film decided to choose the name.

According to the Internet Movie Database website, almost 10,000 extras were used to shoot the movie's football game scene in Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Some of the Pittsburgh Steelers played football players, including Hines Ward, who plays himself.

Michelle Thomson, tourism director for Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce, said her organization had heard rumors about the name of the football team in the movie and have been hoping to hear more details.

"It's really exciting," she said. "It will definitely have an impact."

The chamber will consider doing promotional activities with it, she said.

"We're watching to see if we might be able to benefit," she said. "It's exciting when we get free press like this."

One thing that hasn't been kept secret about "The Dark Knight Rises" is the return of Christian Bale to his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman. It also features Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy as supervillain Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake.

Returning cast members include Michael Caine as Alfred; Gary Oldman plays Commissioner Gordon; and Morgan Freeman returns in the role of Lucius Fox.

It isn't the first time Rapid City has made it to the big screen. The Black Hills have been featured in films including "North by Northwest," "Dances with Wolves" and most recently, "National Treasure: Book of Secrets."

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C'mon admit it....everytime you hear Cary Grant say "Hotel Sheraton Johnson, Rapid City, South Dakota" you get a lump in your throat. But there have been alot of movies and TV shows filmed here...in the 50s and 60s...especially "How the West was Won." Richard Widmark has a crush on a local lady, and I'm not telling who....

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