‘Dark Knight Rises’: IMAX TV Spot, Extended Synopsis & Hi-Res Image Gallery

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There actually was a period of time, believe it or not, when Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises wasn’t making headlines on a daily basis. Furthermore, there were even several die-hard Caped Crusader worshippers legitimately worried that the film would suffer, thanks to Warner Bros. resting on its laurels and not properly hyping people for the Batman trilogy finale (trust us, we were there).

Jump ahead to the present and it’s now considered a slow news day on the TDKR front if we are not bombarded with multiple TV spots and posters, promotional imagery, soundtrack previews, and IMAX featurettes, among other forms of paraphernalia. Today, we have even more Dark Knight Rises marketing material to add to the towering pile (starting with an IMAX TV spot, after the jump).

For those confused about the “It Began In IMAX” tagline: that is (presumably) a reference to the special IMAX screenings of the Dark Knight Rises prologue last winter. What few complaints there were from those who managed to attend one of said screenings (namely, the sound mixing) have seemingly been corrected since then, judging by additional TV spots and theatrical trailer footage.

Moreover, Dark Knight Rises really does demand an IMAX viewing at some point, given that it features all of the following:  more than an hour of native IMAX footage; a larger-than-life opponent for Batman (Christian Bale) in the form of militaristic terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy) – and a massive visual representation of the architectural layout of Gotham City, to reflect the idea that Batman’s world literally comes crumbling down after Bane exposes its flimsy foundation: Harvey Dent’s false legacy (light-weight stuff, right?).

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Bane vs. Batman in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Next, we’ve gathered up a handful of Dark Knight Rises images that you may or may not have seen before in low-def (but are now available in high-resolution).

Those photos include: a scene featuring Alfred (Michael Caine) and a reclusive-looking Bruce Wayne; another look at Marion Cotillard as Bruce’s love interest, (the mysterious?) Miranda Tate; John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Jim Gordan (Gary Oldman) sharing the screen; a camouflage Tumbler in the heat of a street battle between the Gotham City Police Department and Bane’s mercenary army – and other sights.

Check them out below (for even more, have a look through our full Dark Knight Rises photo gallery):


Finally, for those who missed our previous report on the production notes for Dark Knight Rises - check out this extended synopsis for the film (via Warner Bros.).


It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX theaters on July 20th, 2012.

Source: Yahoo! Movies, Warner Bros.

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  1. …so so soon, so VERY soon…

    :) :D ;)

  2. Whenever Bane talks, awesome comes out

    • ^^like button

      • Now it just sounds boomy. It’s not a big deal, but I wish people didn’t complain about it so much that they changed it. Bleh :/.

  3. That Bane and Batman pic halfway down the article…

    Major candidate for a new “come at me, bro” image.

    Cannot wait.

    • You speak internet well.

  4. Ok. I’m shutting off. No more TDKR. (Didn’t read this post, and I’m not subscribing to follow-up comments.) It’s WAY too close to the release and I’m afraid I’m gonna be spoiled.

    • I’m going to ground aswell on this one, the fire is rising.

  5. Marion Cotillard is an unusual captivating beauty in films today
    possessing charisma and femininity reminiscent of old Hollywood.

    She manages to be exotic while remaining approachable and the
    fact that she is also a great actress puts her in a class by herself.

    • I wholeheartedly concur and wish there were more females like her today. Class is absent today for the most part.

  6. Best conclusion to a film I have seen since ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. That’s all I can say. 9.2/10

    Favourite moment: Batman and Bane’s second (technically third) encounter is just mind-boggling in IMAX. It’s hard to believe that Tom Hardy is under that mask.

    I’m not answering any questions.

    • i hope this isn’t breaking your rule of no questions, but just wondering…what score out of ten would you have given The Dark Knight(2008)?

      • I will answer certain questions, just don’t expect me to spoil anything. As for your query, I would probably rank the films like this…

        Batman Begins – 8.4/10
        The Dark Knight – 8.7/10
        The Dark Knight Rises – 9.2/10

        Best film trilogy since ‘The Lord of the Rings’. The only thing that really stopped this film from scoring higher was that, unfortunately, it does drag a little bit. The running time was my only concern going in. It’s not so much a fault in the film itself (the running time is necessary to bring the trilogy full circle, and to answer any unresolved questions), I just got a little uncomfortable sitting in the theatre for so long haha.

        • I will hunt you down and pull the secrets of what happened out of you…. THEN you will have permission to die!
          (Scared yet?)

        • And yes, there was a standing ovation at the end. Brilliant, brilliant film. Literally in the same league as ‘The Godfather: Part II’ in terms of story-telling and character. The real question is, what’s next for Mr. Nolan?

          • glad to hear you liked it. If you don’t mind me asking where does it rank among comic book movies? i assume with a score like that its among the top. The dark knight is one of my favorite movies and im glad to hear for you atleast the movie didnt fall under the hype.

        • just out of curiousity what are some movies you have given a 10?

          • Very few to be honest. For me, a film that earns a 10 isn’t necessarily a perfect film, but it’s a film that I don’t think could have possibly been better. A film that I can watch over and over and over again and never get sick of. Films that I have given a perfect 10/10 are…

            - Pulp Fiction (1994)
            - The Lord of the Rings (as one film) (2001,2002,2003)
            - Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982*,2007)
            - Inception (2010)
            - Fight Club (1999)
            - The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
            - The Godfather (1972)

            *original release

            How about you? What films do you consider to be 10/10?

            • Many of the few movies i give a 10 you have named (shawshank and the godfather) i for one find LOTR to drag a bit not really my type of movie but also not a movie im going to argue about with someone cause if you like the fantasy genre its going to be great. A the other select few i give a 10 are.

              Toy story 1 & 3
              The Departed
              Shindlers List

              That being said those are necessarly my favorite movies or even in my top 5. Cause shawshank, shindlers list and the godfather dont have a ton of rewatchability to me. Same with the departed. They are movies ill watch once ever other month or so maybe less. MY favorite movies is the dark knight followed by inglorious bastards. Really looking forward to the dark knight rises i appreacite your feedback.

              • The greater argument would be, how does it rate between the Avengers and TDKR.

                how much do you rate the avengers if TDKR is 9.2?

                • Well personally, I didn’t like ‘The Avengers’ at all. Sure it had great character interaction, but to me, that didn’t make up for the cheesy dialogue, lousy plot and over-saturation of CGI. I think ‘The Avengers’ is an over-hyped pile of garbage. I’ve never liked Marvel to be honest. ‘Iron Man’ was their only film that I would rank highly. I would rank Marvel Studios films like this…

                  - Iron Man 8.4/10
                  - The Incredible Hulk 7.6/10
                  - Iron Man 2 6.3/10
                  - Thor 7/10
                  - Captain America: The First Avenger 6/10
                  - The Avengers 7.3/10

              • @ Trey & Naiknat
                I’m also really stingy when it comes to giving a movie a 10. I have a whole lot of films at 8 and a good amount at 9 but 10′s a rare. And I have a few that are the same…
                Godfather 2
                Toy Story
                The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
                A few others…
                Pan’s Labyrinth
                Rear Window
                Raiders of the Lost Ark

            • Naiknat…

              Thank you for renewing (confirming?) my confidenc. For this film and the closing of the trilogy.

              As for the perfect 10s I claim:

              “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, as a whole
              “The Shawshank Redemption”
              “The Princess Bride”
              “Toys” (this one is a very personal choice…don’t judge :P )
              “Dead Poets Society” (also, my favorite film)

              Others come close (“The Dark Knight”=9.8/9.9, “The Prestige”=9.8, “Pan’s Labyrinth”=9.8, “The Last Mimzy”=9.7, “Matilda”=9.7, “MirrorMask”=9.5, etc.), but the above are the ones that I see over and over and STILL find faultlessly entertaining, no matter my mood…

              • Yikes!


                My first sentence above should have “confidence in”, NOT what IS up there…SHEESH.

    • I went to the preview screening last night too, and my mind is blown. I wouldn’t say it was better than ‘The Dark Knight’, but it was on par with it. My favourite scene was the fight sequence in the Batcave between Batman and Bane (about 40mins into the film). Also the scene where Ra’s al Ghul reveals “the truth” to Bruce, that was some heavy stuff. Unlike Naiknat, I am willing to answer any questions about the film. 9/10

      • @Richard i just have one question. Is Selina Kyle on Batman,s side from the very start? i mean is she working with bane at all from the begining or not.

        • She is working with Bane at the beginning. Then joins Batman and his comrades to defeat Bane

      • Would you say Marion Cotillard was good? Was Miranda Tate a good ‘add’ to the trilogy?(No spoilers)

        • [Comment removed for spoilers] – Moderator

          • I think you saw a different film, pal. In ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ that I saw, Bruce and Bane had no connection other than the fact that they were both students of Ra’s.

            They are essentially mirror opposites. Bruce is the one who decided to use his training for good, Bane decides to use it for evil. When Ra’s found out how evil Bane was, he ordered him executed, but escaped with severe injuries (hence the mask). Talia was sent to Gotham to stop Bane, not help him. She had other reasons to be there (kill Bruce) but her mission was to stop Bane.

            • So does this means Talia is good and evil or just fulfilling her father’s deeds?

              • [comment edited for spoilers] – moderator

                • Two questions: Is she ever ‘Miranda’ or is she Talia from the start? Also can you confirm a Scarecrow sighting?

                  • [comment edited for spoilers] – moderator

    • I seen it to and i am delighted to big spoiler

      [comment edited for spoilers] – moderator

      • So now we know Miranda Tate is Talia, and Bruce Wayne lives. Spoilers much guys? Surely you don’t wanna ruin the movie for everybody else.

        • I would take what they’re saying with a grain of salt, until you’ve actually seen the film yourself.

    • So, MIranda Tate reallt is Talia?

    • Can you/ are you willing to inform…
      In the movie, has Batman really been gone for 8 years or is he still fighting, but doing so less frequently and avoiding the police??? If that is a spoiler, I will be OK, but if he is simply sitting around stately Wayne Manor, how can he be so beat up?


    • When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to come at me, bro

      Sorry, really REALLY excited

    • Can you say how violent or dark this is?

    • Is the ending satisfying?

  8. Naiknat u have blown my mind! I am so pumped for this now after reading your first comment, I think that the shawshank redemption has the best ending in any film. But I do believe this will be better Christopher Nolan is a genius!

    • LOL

  9. Will be attending an advanced screening of this here in Sweden. Really longing for it.

    • Awesome man feel free to drop us a rating when it done. No spoilers please lol

  10. Morgan Freeman looks like he’s standing behind a silly-face, happy robot.

  11. Trying to decide whether to see the trilogy on July 19th in IMAX or digital. We’re an hour and fifteen minutes to an IMAX but wonder if it is truly worth it for the three films in one evening. Any recommendations? Thanks!

    • I`ll bet they run it on AMC (channel), you can save that money to see DKR again …lol

      • They have BB and TDK OnDemand so I’m just going to pay the $7 the night before I see TDKR.
        I plan on see TDKR twice on opening weekend. Call me a Nolanite, fan boy or whatever but I know for a fact that I’m going to be so excited during the 1st viewing that parts of the film will gloss over me. So a 2nd watch will be mandatory…

  12. Hathaway looks so f*$#ing hot !

  13. Awesome!

    BTW “It began” is an IMAX marketing ploy.

    batman begins was filmed with imax camera and debuted in IMAX and was one of the largest grossing IMAX films

    now, it will “end” in IMAX.

  14. I feel so relieved! I was so amped to see this, but some, even on here, kept bringing up the 3rd movie curse in regard to Spider-man 3. It kinda had me worried a bit. So hearing this news of early reactions is AWESOME!! I think Nolan’s done it. He created the an amazing Batman trilogy.

  15. Saying I’m a big Christopher Nolan fan and consider him one of the best working filmmakers today has been a sure fire way to get myself verbally crucified on forums and blogs before, but I risk it here. He’s excellent.

  16. SFlare…

    You don’t have to worry about attacks on THIS thread at THIS moment because the comments seem to be maintaining an air of positivity.

    I wholeheartedly agree about Nolan and his films…I do NOT think he Heaven-sent; I simply enjoy his passion, his talent, and his vision. Also, his films are just damned enjoyable. :)

    • Lol, Who IS Heaven sent?

      • Heh-heh…

        Exactly…but with all of the mud-slinging that has previously occurred (on BOTH sides) in the whole “Nolanite” debate, I thought it prudent to clarify that I am not one. ;)

  17. who on screenrants is reviewing the DKR? and will they be seeing it in imax?

  18. How was Anne Hathaway? Without revealing spoilers on Selina Kyle. Does she make an awesome Catwoman?

    • She delivers an oscar worthy performance

  19. I have a feeling those guys who watched the movie could be making it up. I thought Bane and Batman are fighting in Bane’s secret hideout.

  20. He he i see your name is Michael as well

  21. Damn. I wanted Batman to die. I hope you both are lying.

    • Me too.
      If he doesn´t die I will feel disappointed.
      Michael and Naiknat: Please don´t tell me thjat Bruce ends up with Selina,at the end. PLEASE!
      I can´t think about a worse ending than that.
      Please,tell me it´s not the ending.

      • Spoilers will be deleted i can see my other post was so i will not tell you anymore other than this movie kicks serious ass. One of the best movies ever. I am totally serious about that statement.

        Best ending to a trilogy in a long time. It really is mindblowing how good it is.

        Trust me.

        • Is there a way we could get the spoilers from you via email?

  22. Anyone who drops Dark Knight Rises spoilers prior to the film opening will be put on auto-moderation.



    • Best of decisions
      Worst of decisions
      My head hurts SO MUCH!!