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There is no question that Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise has struck a fantastic balance between adept storytelling and jaw-dropping spectacle. While we can not yet comment on the storytelling quality of 'The Dark Knight Rises,' it sure seems as if the film is upping the ante on spectacle. In a recent interview with /Film, Nolan revealed that the latest installment in the Caped Crusader saga will feature 50 minutes of IMAX footage. For comparison sake, 'The Dark Knight' only featured about 26 minutes of IMAX footage. Nolan claims to have shot as much of the film as he possibly could with IMAX cameras; clearly a fan of the medium. We will be able to get a small, 7-minute taste of what nearly an hour of 'The Dark Knight Rises' will look like when the prologue plays before the 70mm IMAX screenings of 'Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol' starting next Friday.
Is Nolan going overboard with the IMAX stuff? There are going to be those on both sides of the fence on this. Frankly, and this may border on fanboyish, I trust Nolan implicitly. His Batman films are not only well directed, but also immaculately shot. He's not the kind of director who is going to jeopardize the visual integrity of his film in service of a gimmick. If he believes the film benefits from the 50 minutes of IMAX footage, then it probably does. Honestly I'm just happy that 'The Dark Knight Rises' isn't going to be in 3D, something that's becoming boringly ubiquitous anymore. The other sigh of relief here is that when I initially read the headlines for this story, for an instant, I thought they were planning to present 50 minutes of IMAX footage as a preview before some other film. I know it's absurd thought to have even for a moment, but given the preponderance of films releasing multiple clips online leading up to the release, how far removed are we from the days when entire acts of a film are used as its marketing?
What do you guys think? Are you planning on seeing 'The Dark Knight Rises' in IMAX? Do you think 50 minutes is excessive?