THE DARK KNIGHT RISES to Feature More than an Hour of IMAX Footage

     April 22, 2012


Back in November 2010, it was rumored that director Christopher Nolan might shoot all of The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX.  In May 2011, Warner Bros. sent out a press release saying that while not all of the movie would be shot in IMAX, the technology would be used “even more extensively” than it was in The Dark Knight, which contained about 40 minutes of IMAX.  Then in December, Steve spoke with producer Emma Thomas and learned that the movie could feature more than 40 – 50 minutes of IMAX footage.  Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that there will be “more than one hour’s worth” of IMAX footage in The Dark Knight Rises.  Aw, yeah.

Hit the jump for more.  The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20th.

The-Dark-Knight-Rises-IMAX-imageSpeaking to The Wall Street Journal, Nolan explained that blockbuster movies can handle the technical requirements of the noisy, 90-pound cameras:

“There was a huge irony that we were told it would be too difficult to shoot a Hollywood movie on IMAX when we had this gigantic camera department, grips, electric, hundreds of people working for us,” says the director, whose agreement to direct “The Dark Knight” was contingent on Warner Bros. allowing him to shoot the film in IMAX. “These were cameras that had been to the top of Mount Everest, to the bottom of the ocean and into outer space, but people thought we couldn’t make a feature film. It was absurd.”

There will be plenty of 3D and IMAX post-converted blockbusters this summer, but movies shot in IMAX, not 3D, is where those blockbusters should be trying to go.  An IMAX movie is absolutely worth the cost of a ticket because it gives the viewer something they’ll never be able to get at home.  The Dark Knight Rises won’t be entirely in IMAX, but I think we can all live with getting over an hour’s worth of the spectacular format.

Finally, if you missed it, the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises will premiere in front of The Avengers next week.  Read about it here.


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  • RIC

    Hopefully a day will come where all 3D theaters will be converted into the IMAX format as it is how movies should be viewed.

  • Shad

    TDK had about 25 minutes of IMAX footage. Not 40 like the article stated. That was an error on their part.

  • dogg

    So how does it work with part IMAX movies? Do they just bump up in size to fill the whole screen or something? And two different projectors, or what?

    • Tom

      They just shift it back to whatever format that is being shot apart from IMAX. Like in MI: Ghost Protocol was shot partly with IMAX and part 35mm anamorphic so in theaters it would go from fullscreen(IMAX) to widescreen (35mm) with the black bars on top and bottom

      • dogg

        Whoa, so it does just jump up in size. That’s weird. Thanks for the info.

  • Andrew

    Have yet to see any movie on an IMAX screen-they don’t have one here in Cambridge,unfortunately!

    • daryl

      I saw TDK on IMAX and it was is truly epic. 3D is not epic, it actually makes things dimmer and focus smaller. IMAX surrounds your vision with detail and fully immerses you in the film. I cannot wait for TDKR!

      Avengers will be a lot of fun, but it won’t be a true film experience.

  • Nomis1700

    That about 40 minutes of IMAX is not correct. Could it be that they overreact about the one hour for TDKR? It’ a lot. Not that I’m not happy with it, I’m in heaven right now!!!

  • Nomis1700

    By the way, that link of more footage 40-50 minutes is not correct either. The article says (Emma Thomas) that it’s going to be between 40-50 minutes. Why it’s now over an hour I don’t know.

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  • Strong Enough

    Gonna be Movie of the year.

    I’m about to cry

  • Tony Hardy

    I currently work with IMAX and have been professionally involved with them for 24 years. There is some slightly misleading information in the above article, so permit me to clarify:

    *The only way you’ll be able to see this film projected properly is in a commercial Giant Screen IMAX Theater, meaning screens that are over 40 ft. tall. The majority of these screens only exist in major markets

    *The prints are being processed on 15/70mm IMAX film stock. The non-IMAX sequences will still be printed on this film stock, but will be masked at the top and the bottom. It will then go to full frame IMAX when the actual IMAX photographed sequences begin.

    *You will not get the above experience on the smaller screen commercial IMAX Theaters, which are the majority of commercial IMAX screens. These screens have been converted to a 2k digital process (soon to be upgraded to 4k) and no longer have film projectors. There could be a couple of exceptions though, but you won’t get the real “Dark Knight” experience there.

    *Museum based Giant Screen IMAX Theaters are not really in a position to exhibit the film due to budgets, contracts and other obstacles, but there could be a couple of exceptions. However, don’t be surprised if your local museum isn’t showing the film. It wasn’t made for that market.

    • Nomis1700

      Thanks for the info!

  • Tim

    Wooo! A continious stream of medium format film. Yes, please.

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