The Dark Knight Rises Prologue to Play in IMAX

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” — the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy — is one of the most anticipated films of 2012, but moviegoers won’t have to wait until next year to see the six-minute opening sequence of the film.

The film’s prologue will be unveiled exclusively in select 70mm IMAX® theatres worldwide. The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The prologue will be released in North America on Dec. 16, and in the UK on Dec. 21. 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.”

Following is a list of the theatres in North America in which the Prologue of “The Dark Knight Rises” will be revealed on Dec. 16:

    Austin, TX: IMAX Theater Austin
    Boston, MA: Jordan’s IMAX
    Boston, MA: IMAX 3D Theatre in Reading
    Calgary, AB: Scotiabank Theatre Chinook 16 + IMAX
    Chantilly, VA -Washington, DC: Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX
    Chicago, IL: Navy Pier IMAX Theatre
    Des Moines, IA: SCI IMAX Dome Theater
    Detroit, MI: Henry Ford IMAX
    Edmonton, AB: Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton + IMAX
    Harrisburg, PA: The Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts IMAX
    Houston, TX: Houston Marq*e Stadium 22 + IMAX
    Indianapolis: White River IMAX
    Los Angeles: Irvine Spectrum 20 + IMAX
    Los Angeles: RAVE 18 + IMAX
    Los Angeles: Ontario Palace Stadium 22 + IMAX
    Los Angeles: Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX
    Madison, WI: Star 18 Fitchburg with IMAX
    Miami, FL: AutoNation IMAX
    Minneapolis, MN: Great Clips IMAX
    Montreal, QC: Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal + IMAX
    Nashville, TN: Opry Mills Stadium 20 + IMAX
    New York, NY: Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX
    New York, NY: Palisades IMAX
    Omaha, NE: Star Cinema 16 with IMAX
    Orlando, FL: Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 + IMAX
    Ottawa, ON: Silvercity Gloucester + IMAX
    Palm Springs (Los Angeles): Desert IMAX Theatre
    Philadelphia, PA: IMAX & the Tropicana
    Philadelphia, PA: Tuttleman IMAX – Franklin Institute
    Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Mills 25 with IMAX
    Providence, RI: Providence Place 16 with IMAX
    Quebec City, QC: IMAX Le Theatre At Quebec
    Sacramento, CA: Esquire IMAX
    San Antonio, TX: IMAX at RiverCenter
    San Francisco, CA: Metreon 16 with IMAX & ETX
    Seattle, WA: Boeing IMAX – Pacific Science Center
    Tampa, FL: Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
    Toronto, ON: Coliseum 12 Mississauga + IMAX
    Toronto, ON: Scotiabank Theatre Toronto + IMAX
    Toronto, ON: Colossus 18 Woodbridge + IMAX
    Vancouver, BC: Colossus Langley + IMAX
    Vancouver, BC: Silvercity Riverport 18 + IMAX

Below is a list of the theatres in the UK in which the Prologue of “The Dark Knight Rises” will be revealed on Dec. 21:

    UK: BFI London
    UK: National Media Museum IMAX Bradford
    UK: Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema
    UK: Odeon Manchester IMAX @ The Printworks

Opening on July 20, 2012, “The Dark Knight Rises” features an international all-star cast, led by Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) in the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Reprising their roles from both “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) plays Lucius Fox.

Nolan directed “The Dark Knight Rises” from a screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull are the executive producers, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. “The Dark Knight Rises” is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman created by Bob Kane.

“The Dark Knight Rises” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The prologue has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for “some violence.”

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2 Comments Add Yours ↓

  1. hal9000 #

    I’ll happily wait till July. I don’t understand people’s interest in watching extended chunks of movies in advance. Trailers make sense, this doesn’t.

  2. moviefan #

    I am so pissed not one location in my area of ny is getting it with mi. That blows, since I checked out with theater and it was the required size imax screen.