Confirmed: six minute The Dark Knight Rises prologue hits cinemas in December

You'll be able to catch six minutes of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises on certain cinema screens this December...

Confirming the scoop picked up by Slashfilm last week, it’s now definite: there will indeed be a six-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises heading to cinemas later this year.

Mirroring the approach that Warner Bros took with The Dark Knight, when it unveiled the first sequence from the film in cinemas the previous December, our first proper glimpse of The Dark Knight Rises is turning up around the same time. And it will we understand, as rumoured, be screening before showings of Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

The news was confirmed in a since-retracted (at Warner Bros’ request) statement from AMC Theaters in the US on its website blog. And said statement revealed that “The six minute Dark Knight Rises prologue footage will only be shown on the higher resolution 70mm IMAX screens. Not the digital IMAX screens. Locations haven’t been confirmed yet, so stay tuned for an update on AMC Theatre locations that will be showing the prologue Dark Knight Rises footage at a 70mm IMAX screen nearest you.”

Presumably, the retraction of the statement is due to it not fitting in with Warner Bros’ timing, rather than the information within it being incorrect.

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It’s no secret that parts of The Dark Knight Rises have, once more, been shot with IMAX cameras. The decision to screen the prologue before Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol makes sense, too, in spite of it being another studio’s film. MI:4, too, has sequences shot with IMAX cameras, after all.

You won’t, by the looks of it, be able to watch the prologue on a regular cinema screens, though. But we still wouldn’t rule out another trailer this side of Christmas…


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