Almost exactly four years ago, moviegoers who bought a ticket to the IMAX presentations of I Am Legend were treated to a first look at the opening bank heist prologue of The Dark Knight – and, more specifically, its main villain, Heath Ledger’s mad anarchist, the Joker. Next week, starting Dec. 16, ticket buyers to select IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol will enjoy a similar presentation of the opening seven minutes of The Dark Knight Rises – and, more specifically, its mysterious new villain, Tom Hardy’s creepy masked hulk, Bane.
It is easily the most anticipated movie preview of the holiday season, and EW, along with a gaggle of Los Angeles journalists, got a sneak peek at the footage Thursday night at an event hosted by director Christopher Nolan. I have been sworn to secrecy on most of the details of what I’ve seen until the general public can check out the prologue too. But my colleague Jeff Jensen and I did get a chance to speak with Nolan afterwards about the sequence and the advantages and the challenges of shooting in the IMAX format. One thing is definitely clear: Any concern that Nolan would be daunted by topping The Dark Knight‘s scope and scale will be eradicated after audiences get a look at what he has in store for The Dark Knight Rises. Check out my general thoughts on the preview, as well as Jeff and my interview with Nolan, below. READ FULL STORY