‘Dark Knight Rises’ Prologue To Play Before ‘Mission: Impossible 4′ IMAX [Updated]

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dark knight rises mission impossible Dark Knight Rises Prologue To Play Before Mission: Impossible 4 IMAX [Updated]

[UPDATE: The Dark Knight Rises preview WILL be attached to Mission: Impossible 4 IMAX. Details below.]

Remember how Warner Bros. screened the opening sequence of The Dark Knight in front of I Am Legend, way back in Winter 2007? Well, rumor has it that the studio may employ a similar strategy with The Dark Knight Rises.

I Am Legend was both a Warner Bros. production and one of the highest-profile releases of the 2007 holiday season. However, even though the studio has its own tentpole pic due to hit theaters in December 2011 (see: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), eight six minutes worth of Dark Knight Rises footage will reportedly be attached to another distributor’s film.

“trusted theater (read: exhibitor) source” for /Film has informed the site that the Dark Knight Rises opening sequence/prologue will be attached to IMAX prints of Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. From a purely technical perspective, that actually makes sense – seeing how both director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy finale and filmmaker Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible flick were partially shot using IMAX cameras. So the two stand to benefit greatly from being screened in the format.

This also reads as a mutually-beneficial collaboration between Warner Bros. and Paramount, for several reasons:

  1. Ghost Protocol is positioned to become one of the highest-grossing releases during the upcoming holiday season – which means lots of exposure for The Dark Knight Rises.
  2. More people would be inclined to check out the new Mission: Impossible in IMAX – if only for an early chance to glance Dark Knight Rises‘ opening, which cinematographer Wally Pfister has promised “will blow your mind” - and thus increase revenue for Paramount.
  3. Dark Knight Rises and Ghost Protocol will very much appeal to the same lucrative, blockbuster-action-loving demographic of moviegoers. Thus, anticipation for Nolan’s last Caped Crusader flick would only be heightened by this move… because there’s not enough interest in the film already, right? icon wink Dark Knight Rises Prologue To Play Before Mission: Impossible 4 IMAX [Updated]

/Film has already contacted Warner Bros. about this RUMOR, but the studio declined to comment. Bear in mind that their reluctance to speak doesn’t guarantee this story is true. However, if it is in fact false, then Warner executives are gambling that there won’t be any significant backlash from excited moviegoers who get ultra-pumped and plan to see Ghost Protocol on the IMAX screen – only to find out (at some point) that they’ve been misled.

UPDATE: AMC Theaters has confirmed that 6-minutes of The Dark Knight Rises will be screened before IMAX prints of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. HOWEVER: the preview will only be attached to 70mm IMAX screens, and not digital screens.

Feel free to share your thoughts about what the Dark Knight Rises prologue will encompass (ex. Bane orchestrating a mass prison breakout, a la “Knightfall”?) in the comments section of this article.


The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Trailer

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opens in IMAX theaters around the U.S. on December 16th. It will then hit regular theaters five days later on the 21st.

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

Source: /Film

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  1. That picture next to DKR poster looks like Superman: Earth one

    • or Prototype……

  2. this would be supremely awesome. although i personally already plan on seeing both movies in IMAX regardless lol

  3. Well, I guess I WILL be seeing MI now after all.

    • My thoughts exactly

  4. Perhaps it will begin with the prison break (as mentioned above) and segue quickly into the breaking of the bat (unlikely, I know, but it would leave alot of room for development afterwords.)

  5. so this is the ploy to get people to go see Mission Impossible 4 eh…lame.

    • MI 4 needs all the help it can get. but im not taking the bait

    • Pretty sure that Mission Impossible 4 doesn’t need any marketing ploys. It’ll hold its own.

  6. how about just a trailer? i don’t need to see/ruin the beginning of the movie knowing i have to wait a few more months to actually see it. i get the pr move but i don’t like it.

  7. lol so I guess I’ll see some other movie and then ticket hop into the MI theater to watch the six minutes, and then promptly leave :P

  8. I’m with that idea lol

  9. I’ll catch it on youtube or any trailer site.

  10. one of those people in theatre for the TDKR prologue first, movie second, overpriced $7 slushee third <<< this guy

  11. Wanted to go see MI:GP anyway. Makes me want to see it even more. Sawyer FTW. Hopefully this rumor turns out to be true.

  12. I’m temped

  13. I assume they will introduce Bane like they did with The Joker but I doubt hope they don’t show the prison break. I can see the scene shot at Heinz Field being used. I’m sure there were alot of aerial shots and explosions filmed that will look great in IMAX. And it really wouldn’t give away to much about the story.

  14. I’m seeing mi4 anyway soo yeah it would be pretty kool to add it in

  15. whaaaaat, i have to see mission impossible 4? I didn’t even know there was a 2nd and 3rd. lol

  16. will it leak online?

    • Most definitely. That’s why there’s no reason to see Mission Impossible just for this.

  17. i was pumped for MI4 but even more so now, everyone who says there gunna leave after the bat preview is lying like hell

    • That was one of my first thoughts when I read this story. It seemed odd since Sherlock Holmes comes out five days before MI4. Why would WB give one of their direct competitors extra help at the box office?

      Unfortunately, Sherlock Holmes is not in IMAX. Part of me wants to go to an IMAX showing of MI4 (a movie I was most likely to see anyway) but the other part of me wants to wait until July 20 and just get the whole package.

      If I were a betting man, I’d say the full length TDKR trailer will be attached to Sherlock Holmes. That makes the most sense since both are WB productions.

  18. great, cause I want to go see MI4

  19. Batman Begins – Destroy Gotham
    TDK – Corrupt Gotham
    TDKR – Cotrol Gotham

    Ra’s Al Ghul – Mentor
    The Joker – Opposite
    Bane – Equal or better…

  20. The first ten minutes of MI:2 was enough for me to NEVER watch those movies. Two crashing cars spinning out of control while Tom Cruise and the girl stare lustfully at eachother, hair blowing in the wind. Too much. That could have been in the Austin Powers parody. I’ll see the DKR footage online, thanks.

    • that scene was definitely awful, but it was more a testament to john woo’s style than anything. MI3 was much smarter and controlled (thank Abrams for that) and ghost protocol will probably be along the same lines since brad bird is directing (his three animated films are all great). don’t be so fast to toss out the whole series just because Woo injected his own brand of cinematic absurdity into it.

  21. MI:2 was a lot better than what people think. Yes John Woo overdosed on his filming techniques at times, but it was a lot more exciting that the 1st film. Agreed that MI:3 is the superior of the trilogy.

    Whilst I’m not overly enthused about Ghost Protocol – i’m sure that it will give Tom Cruise his first $100 million domestic box office hit for a while.

  22. So… I could see MI4, or… I’ll wait for someone to go in and record the TDKR scene and put it on YouTube so I can save money.

  23. I read somewhere that Bane was gonna break Batman’s back early in the film LOL. Yeah apparently Bane is the “suprise” at the end of the tunnle Joker was talking about in Dark Knight. Sounds pretty crazy to me.