With Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises set for release in just a few months, it seems like the film is nearing the finish line, with reports that it’s been given a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. As most of you remember, The Dark Knight was rated PG-13, so it’s no surprise the sequel would also have this rating. To those wondering how Nolan could be close to completion, you’ve got to factor in the release schedule for The Dark Knight Rises. Unlike some films that get released in North America and then months later around the world, Warner Bros. has set up a massive worldwide campaign with 35 territories getting the film between July 19 and July 28, including the United States, Japan, Australia, Europe and every major country in between. While a lot of box office records have been broken in the last year, I think it’s safe to assume The Dark Knight Rises is going to take them all back.
And for those that can’t get enough Dark Knight Rises news, while I posted screengrabs of the last trailer so you could see the best images frame by frame, you can now watch it another way: super slow motion. Even though the trailer has been dissected to death by fans, perhaps watching it in slow motion will offer up a few new clues. Finally, over in Hong Kong, the film has started advertising by plastering the first teaser poster across a bus. Hit the jump for more.
Regarding the PG-13 rating for The Dark Knight Rises, a forum member on nolanfans posted a screengrab from the Warner Bros. exhibitor website which clearly slows PG-13 and it says:
“PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language”
As of now, the film doesn’t have a running time, but if I were a betting man, I’d wager a lot of money it’ll be around 150 minutes. If you don’t remember, The Dark Knight was 152 minutes and Batman Begins was 140 minutes, so I think it’s a safe bet the final Nolan installment will be the same length.
As I said before the jump, if you’ve watched the first trailer again and again looking for clues about the story, perhaps watching it in slow motion will help you see it in a new light. Even if it doesn’t, there is something cool about watching Bane in slow motion.
Finally, here’s The Dark Knight Rises bus that was snapped in Hong Kong. Thanks to Andrew Haxley.