New Teaser Poster for The Dark Knight Rises; Director Christopher Nolan Discusses the Extended Prologue
12.10.11 by Ryan
Warner Bros. has released a new teaser poster for director Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, as anticipation is rising (ahem) over the extended prologue to the movie that will accompany the release of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol on Dec. 16th in select 70mm IMAX prints.
Earlier this week, several outlets were shown the seven-minute prologue, which centers on villain Bane (Tom Hardy, just like the poster, which claims "the Legend Ends" and depicts Bane walking away from Batman's cowl. Reportedly, the prologue takes place mostly in an airplane, and features Aidan Gillen (The Wire, Game of Thrones) in an unspecified role. After the screening of the prologue, Nolan told EW that he was excited for the public to see the footage.
I am excited about it. I’m only nervous about it in that the rest of the film isn’t finished yet, so we’re still in the evolving creative process. I wouldn’t want the reactions to skew that. We try to work in a vacuum a little bit. It’s always different in the editing room. There’s a lot of discovery and a long process of rediscovery.
According to the report, the prologue jumps right into the action, and Nolan was asked if that was a conscious decision.
You know, I probably haven’t thought it through intellectually, if you like. My feeling, particularly on an action film, is you want to be thrown into a situation that somehow takes your breath away early in the film. I think rhythmically — you know, I view these films as pieces of music — if you start with a bit of a bang, it buys you more time to then calmly move into the story and the characters. We have a lot of characters in this film, a lot of people to introduce, a lot of catching up to do with the audience. So I think it was important to really throw something big on screen and then take our time.
Despite the sound issues that accompany using IMAX cameras, Nolan has preferred the format over 3-D, and makes his preference clear by only revealing the prologue in IMAX theaters. Nolan says that The Dark Knight Rises will have about "45 to 50 minute[s]" of footage in IMAX, as opposed to about 25 minutes in The Dark Knight. "Basically all the actions sequences, and some of the more large-scale other bits of the film that aren’t necessarily action," said Nolan of what was shot in IMAX. "We even shot some dialogue scenes and some quite intimate dramatic scenes, which we haven’t done before. And so some of that will make its way into the film."
To learn more, fans will have to head to certain IMAX theaters on the 16th (see a list of theaters here). Until then, enjoy the poster below.