Christopher Nolan officially announces the details for The Dark Knight Rises prologue

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

Okay, well we got an “official” word that there would be a prologue for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES debuting before MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL in select 70mm IMAX theaters on December 16th, and today (well, technically on Friday) we get word as to which theaters and locations will be showing the prologue.  Unfortunately, there’s not nearly as many theaters utilizing the old 70mm format as I originally thought, so many of us in smaller market cities are going to be out of luck.  For a complete list of cities showing THE DARK KNIGHT RISES prologue, click the link.  In the official press statement, Warner Bros. said:

The Prologue will be released in North America on December 16, and in the UK on December 21, 2011. Additional international dates vary by territory and will be announced soon.

In making the 2008 blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” Nolan was the first to use IMAX® cameras in a major motion picture release, and, as now, audiences were given an advance look at that film’s prologue months prior to the Summer 2008 opening. Nolan employed the extremely high-resolution cameras even more extensively on “The Dark Knight Rises”—including the film’s prologue—to achieve unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for the moviegoers.

Christopher Nolan stated, “Our experience on ‘The Dark Knight’ shooting and projecting IMAX 15 perf 65mm/70mm film was inspiring. The immersive quality of the image goes beyond any other filmmaking tool available, and in revisiting Gotham, we were determined to shoot even more of the movie in this unique format. Giving the fans an early look at an IMAX sequence is a great way to draw attention to what I believe will be an incredible way to experience our story when it comes out next summer.”

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Juno Temple.  This is the third and final Batman film for director Christopher Nolan and it opens in theaters on July 20th, 2012.

Christian Bale and Tom Hardy on the set of The Dark Knight Rises

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