Dark Knight Rises Will Have More Than an Hour of IMAX Footage
04.23.12 by Chris
We already knew that parts of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises were shot in IMAX... Now we know just how much of the movie was filmed in the large format.
In a story about the growing IMAX business, The Wall Street Journal reports that Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises will include more than an hour of IMAX footage — the most ever for a Hollywood movie (The Dark Knight included 40 minutes of IMAX footage). The article noted that while other summer movies will be shown in IMAX — The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Men in Black 3, Dark Shadow, and Prometheus — only The Dark Knight Rises was filmed using the large IMAX cameras (the other movies are being converted).
Despite IMAX cameras weighing 90 pounds, being notoriously loud (usually requiring dialogue to be re-recorded later), and only holding three minutes of 70MM film, Nolan dismissed the concerns over shooting on IMAX.
There was a huge irony that we were told it would be too difficult to shoot a Hollywood movie on IMAX when we had this gigantic camera department, grips, electric, hundreds of people working for us. These were cameras that had been to the top of Mount Everest, to the bottom of the ocean and into outer space, but people thought we couldn't make a feature film. It was absurd.
According to the article, Nolan's agreement to direct The Dark Knight was contingent on Warner Bros. allowing him to shoot the film in IMAX. He's been a strong advocate for IMAX, preferring the format over 3-D. In an inteview with the Directors Guild of America, Nolan called IMAX "the best film format that was ever invented."
It's the gold standard and what any other technology has to match up to, but none have, in my opinion.
So does the news that The Dark Knight Rises will have more than an hour of IMAX footage make you want to see the movie in IMAX? Is it worth the higher ticket price?
The Dark Knight Rises was written by Nolan's brother, Jonathan, from an idea conceived by Nolan and David S. Goyer. Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, as do Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Sir Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Nestor Carbonell as the mayor of Gotham City, and Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon. New additions to the cast include Tom Hardy as the villain Bane (pictured above), Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle / Catwoman, Josh Pence as the younger version of Ra's al Ghul (the elder version was played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins), Marion Cotillard as Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as policeman John Blake.