Dark Knight Rises will feature up to 50 minutes of IMAX


Note: You have a chance to see the six-minute Dark Knight Rises prologue early. Be sure to act fast and get to your theater ASAP. (Or, you know, reasonably ASAP.)

So, there was a special screening of the Dark Knight Rises prologue last night for select press. Thankfully accounts I’ve read have been spoiler-free, saying only that it is reminiscent of the Joker prologue before The Dark Knight, that it introduces Bane to the audience, and that it is equally impressive.

It turns out that six minutes of IMAX is just the tip of the iceberg. Chris Nolan says there will be roughly 45 to 50 minutes of IMAX footage in The Dark Knight Rises. The director told Entertainment Weekly:

We shot about twice what we did last time [on The Dark Knight], at least. Last time we were about 25 minutes [in IMAX]. Obviously, I haven’t cut [the rest of The Dark Knight Rises] yet, so I don’t know the exact running time, but I think we’ll be in the 45 to 50 minute range. Basically all the action sequences, and some of the more large-scale other bits of the film that aren’t necessarily action. We even shot some dialogue scenes and some quite intimate dramatic scenes, which we haven’t done before. And so some of that will make its way into the film.

My nipples explode with delight, to say nothing about the state of my hovercraft.

If you aren’t able to see the prologue tonight at select theaters, you’ll be able to see the prologue starting December 16 (December 21 if you’re in the UK). Remember, it’s only playing at 70mm IMAX theaters. Here’s a full list of theaters showing the Dark Knight Rises prologue because we care.

[Via First Showing, EW]

Hubert Vigilla
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