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The much buzzed about 6 to 8 minute The Dark Knight Rises: The Prologue is confirmed to show in select IMAX theaters before Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol on December 16, five days before the official Tom Cruise movie release.
News about the prologue (which establishes the Bane character) date back to October, but Warner Brothers did not make any comment about the issue at the time.
According to MTV, when AMC theaters confirmed the (back then) rumors of the prologue showing, their statement was soon retracted.
On November 9th, however, the MPAA rating report included a PG-13 for both The Dark Knight Rises: The Prologue and Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol. The rumors were then officially confirmed.
Only 42 theaters across the country will be showing the much anticipated short because they are the few that can project at 70mm.
“The immersive quality of the image goes beyond any other filmmaking tool available, and in revisiting Gotham, we were determined to shoot even more of the movie in this unique format. Giving the fans an early look at an IMAX sequence is a great way to draw attention to what I believe will be an incredible way to experience our story when it comes out next summer," saidChristopher Nolan, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises director.
Theaters showing the The Dark Knight: The Prologue are listed here.