‘Dark Knight Rises’ Rough Cut Running Time & Comic-Con Rumors [UPDATED]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 21st, 2012 at 12:18 pm,

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[UPDATE: The supposed DKR rough cut running time has been revealed as a hoax.]

The public’s Bat-mania has been in a state of remission for the past few months, allowing Christopher Nolan and his filmmaking crew some time to quietly commence with post-production duties on The Dark Knight Rises. It’s a sharp turnabout from the end of 2011, when the fervently anticipated blockbuster was making headlines on an almost daily basis, in part thanks to the unveiling of an ominous official poster, the IMAX premiere of the film’s prologue (complete with controversial sound mixing), and the release of a full-length trailer that is mostly just a glorified teaser.

A recently-released Dark Knight Rises plot synopsis shed a bit more light on the film’s storyline, while also (slowly) re-igniting the masses’ interest in seeing Christian Bale as Batman, facing off against the brutal tactics of animalistic terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy). Thanks to the announcement of the movie’s preliminary running time, we have an even better of just how much craziness will be going down in this flick.

Nolan reportedly screened a rough cut of The Dark Knight Rises for the head honchos over at Warner Bros. last week, which will afford the filmmaker plenty of time to incorporate any worthwhile feedback from his bosses and refine the final product as he sees fit. While the studio executives’ general response is being kept firmly under wraps for now, MTV has scooped up the following intriguing nugget of information.

“… ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is real and finished, presumably in the form of a four-hour rough cut. There’s no official word on the reaction to the [early studio] screening, as of yet.”

So, apparently Nolan’s early cut of Dark Knight Rises is massive, even in an age where blockbusters running upwards of 2.5-3 hours in length are frequently among the biggest box office hits of any year (see: Avatar, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, etc.). For comparative purposes, it should be pointed out that the running times for Nolan’s previous Batman movies are 140 minutes (Batman Begins) and 152 minutes (The Dark Knight).

UPDATE: As mentioned before (since this article was written) it’s now been clarified that the length of Nolan’s rough cut for TDKR is unknown – and that aspect of MTV‘s report was meant to be taken as a joke.

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Dark Knight Rises also marks a break in tradition from its predecessors, due to its theatrical release date arriving after this year’s San Diego Comic-Con festivities take place. That’s lead to speculation that Nolan and certain members of the film’s cast could be putting in an unprecedented appearance at the event.

There’s a chance Nolan could appear at San Diego Comic-Con this year. It would be the first time ever for the director, since his previous two Batman movies debuted before the convention. This time around, Batman will rise the week after SDCC, so speculation has already begun that Nolan could make his final bow at the geekiest of all gatherings.

As much excitement as there undoubtedly is for Nolan and Co. to put in a Comic-Con appearance, the bigger news is that he and his editing team will be quite busy chopping Dark Knight Rises down to size over the next few months. Joss Whedon’s first cut of The Avengers was an hour shorter than Nolan’s TDKR rough cut, which puts into perspective the sheer amount of narrative ground to be covered (and action set pieces to be featured) in the Batman threequel.

The Dark Knight Rises features a cast which includes Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Juno Temple, among several others. Suffice it to say, their respective on-screen counterparts look to get the fair share of screen time when the film hits regular and IMAX theaters around the U.S. on July 20th, 2012.

Source: MTV

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  1. I think we’re all missing the point. How do I get a job watching these rough cuts? Because that’s half of an eight hour work day spent watching a movie, and I could get used to that.

    • Count me in for that job interview! ;)

    • Well, one way would be to start a movie studio, and be ready to dump $500MM into a movie like this. That will get you some pre-screening privileges.

      • 500MM? Is that 500 M&Ms?

  2. “UPDATE: The supposed DKR rough cut running time has been revealed as a hoax.” — Jokes are supposed to be funny or clever.
    Darn you Kevin Sullivan! (writer of the article about DKR’s run time) ;)

  3. just split the movie two give us fan boys what we want, ( the whole inchilada ), if the movie is done right, I don’t mine spending the money to see them.

    • split the movie in two.

  4. Way to yell “Movie!” in a crowded firehouse, MTV.

  5. Doesnt Nolan always say everything he shoots goes into the movie? His movies on DVD never have any extended scenes or deleted ones

    • I’ve heard that he ends up shooting only what he knows will end up in the film, and that only about 10 minutes was cut from The Dark Knight, which is pretty good. Joss Whedon said he’d end up cutting almost 30-45 minutes from The Avengers.

  6. WAAAA WAAA WAAA, I wanna see all the footage, not just the movie. Dead set babies. Enjoy what your given you idiots.

  7. Yo, I hope Batman wasn’t retired for that whole eight years. Batman is supposed to be who Bruce Wayne really is at heart, not that crazy thing Bruce Wayne did for a year. I’ll be really bummed out if that’s the route Nolan took.

    • I’m inclined to agree. Really, if you analyze it, Bruce should have Robin and be in the Justice League by now. The film appears to take place 9-10 years in to Batman’s vigilante goings-on.

  8. @manny – a 3 hour ‘bat-fest’ you couldn’t come up with a better phrase if you tried LOL!

    • @ryaneco—> it was either bat-flick or bat-tacular lol.

  9. Anybody else have a feeling this movie is going to suck?

    • I think a lot of people know in their minds, not that it’s going to suck, but that it can’t be good(enough).

  10. Between the title, the trailer and every pic I’ve seen I’m a little concerned. Don’t get me wrong I love Nolan as much s the next guy (big fan of all his movies besides insomnia) I just feel like its going to suck.

    • Everything so far was done in TDK. Bane smuggles himself as one of his men, he lets himself get caught, he does something like the Hong Kong stunt. It’s like a hack writer got TDK and said, I’ll just do what they did, and my movie will have to be a phenomenon, too. It will be a movie, at any rate…
      The dialogue has all been pretty bad. OWS looks like a forgotten trend now and TDKR could be in danger of dating itself with uncurrent-eventsy references. I’m referring to Catwoman’s dialogue with Bruce and Bane’s lines at the stadium. Then that line about Gordon being a war hero in peacetime… What? We don’t have Veteran’s Day parades?
      I’m concerned most about the plot. Why build what looks like a doomsday bomb if you’re in Gotham to start a revolution, or vice-versa. When previews and such don’t answer these questions and answer them well, it seems like they’re hiding something.
      Hoping for a good movie, but prepared for the third movie curse….

    • I don’t think it’s going to suck, but at the same time, I get where you’re coming from. So far, all the promo stuff (pics, trailers, etc.) just didn’t do it for me.
      That said, I think the movie will be very good (if not great), but I seriously doubt TDKR will be better than TDK and I’m positive it won’t make more money than it’s predecessor either.

  11. A 4 hour rough cut, even if that was the case, is not extremely excessive for a film. Many a 2 hour flick have had similar berths.

    Wouldn’t expect it of Nolan though. Nolan usually knows the film he wants to make before camera’s roll from what I have read.

    I expect a rough cut of 2.75hr – 3.25hr would have been more likely, shaved down for a 2.5hr final product.

    It’s gotta be longer than TDK. For one it seems it is going to have a much larger scope (i.e. the taking of Gotham) and also I am expecting more backstory treatment for the new main players, compared to the intentional absence of Joker’s back story in the last one.

  12. As far as the film goes, I really expect it to completely compliment the first two installments.

    Pretty simple if you ask me -
    If you adored the first two, you will adore this one.
    If not, then chances are you are not going to like it.
    Comparing TDK to TDKR seems as pointless as comparing the Lord of the Rings films against each other.

  13. I really dont have a problem with a 8 year gap in between TDKR and TDK, if the Rumors or true that they are borrowing bits from KnightFall, No Man Land, and The Dark Knight Returns, TDKR, in frank millers story, Batman comes out of an 10 year Retirement and gets back into action when Gotham City is Being attack By mutants and Question the so called re-formed Harvey Dent and accidently Awakes an nearly coma-like joker,who awakes from his many years lock up in arkham after watching an tv of batman sightings and goes on a huge killing spree.

  14. Wish they would make an animated version of TDKR. I would love to see Frank Miller’s art style come to life that way. Would be so epic.

  15. .A 4 hour Batman movie would be awesome

  16. 4 hours… sounds epic. In IMAX? Opening night? Hell yeah! I’m up for it.