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?).
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):
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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.).
WARNING! IT CONTAINS EXTENSIVE INFO ON THE PREMISE OF TDKR!!!
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.