Christopher Nolan is clearly one of the biggest supporters of IMAX, having shot long portions of The Dark Knight in the format and establishing it as a viable alternative to 3D as a way to get moviegoers into theaters to see something they can't find anywhere else. And we've been promised for a while that the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises would make even more extensive use of the technology, but I don't think anyone realized until now that Nolan would actually be setting records in the process.
As part of a piece on the rise of IMAX in narrative, studio filmmaking, The Wall Street Journal reports that more than an hour of The Dark Knight Rises will be in IMAX, the most IMAX footage ever for any Hollywood feature, and 20 minutes more than we found in The Dark Knight. Of all the features that will show up on IMAX screens this summer, the Batman sequel is the only one actually shot using IMAX cameras-- so take that, Avengers!. The article also includes Nolan dismissing the idea that it would be too difficult to shoot using the bulky IMAX cameras-- and I have to admit, the guy has a point.
"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."
Of course, those cameras didn't really run the risk of Catwoman's stunt double crashing into them on top of Mount Everest, but I suppose every job comes with its own kind of risks.
If you caught the brief preview of The Dark Knight Rises that appeared on IMAX screens back in December, you've already gotten a taste of how well Nolan will be using the format this time, and how immersive that giant screen can be when setting up elaborate action sequences or even introducing you to a villain as intimidating as Bane. And in the wake of Mission: Impossible-- Ghost Protocol, which used IMAX cameras to turn the Burj Khalifa climbing sequence into a roller coaster, we all remember exactly how powerful the effect can be.
The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20. For everything else you need to know about the movie, visit our Blend Film Database.