Back in October we learned that a 6 minute prologue to the upcoming sequel film Batman: The Dark Knight Rises would be screened in front of IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Well, M:I 4 won’t hit IMAX theaters publicly until next week but last night, a select group of people were allowed a sneak preview of the Batman prologue. Naturally, details of the Dark Knight Rises prologue have made their way to the Internets. Click below to read some VERY SPOILERY deets about the footage shown in the prologue … I’ll tell you this right now, the 3 main characters of The Dark Knight Rises — the Bat, the Cat and the Beast — are all seen in the prologue footage. Read on …
Thursday night in Universal City, Calif., writer-director Christopher Nolan unveiled the opening six minutes of what is already 2012’s most highly anticipated movie: his third and reportedly final installment of the multi-billion-dollar grossing Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan, who was on hand at the AMC IMAX theater to personally introduce what he calls Dark Knight Rises’ “prologue”, explained that the preview also will be screened before select engagements of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol later this month. But he also cautioned those gathered to temper their expectations of his output: “I’ve barely started to edit the rest of the film. So don’t ask me what happens,” Nolan joked. Per a request by the movie’s distributor, Warner Bros, the bloggers, journalists, and Hollywood insiders assembled for the event agreed to refrain from giving a play-by-play of the action. But from the scant footage we screened, The Daily Beast can reveal several crucial talking points about the future film, most of which center around Batman’s newest super-nemesis, Bane … The Dark Knight Rises prologue begins with a money-for-hostage CIA rendition in which apparent terrorists from some nondescript country make fervid mention of “the man in the mask”—Bane—before trading a mysterious doctor and three masked prisoners for a briefcase full of cash. Onboard a private jet, CIA operatives then attempt to strong-arm their new prisoners into pinpointing Bane’s whereabouts in a scene that establishes two things: A) that Bane is a high-profile person of interest in espionage circles, and B) that he’s done something diabolical we are sure to find out about soon. Surprise! One of the masked hostages is none other than the bald and seriously buff Bane … “Was it your plan to get caught?” a guileless CIA guy asks in the scene. “It was my plan to crash this plane,” Bane replies. And so begins a bravura set piece involving something that’s never depicted on the big screen before: a mid-air plane jacking as exit strategy. Sure enough, another, bigger plane operating under Bane’s auspices swoops in with a squad of specially-trained tactical commandos who proceed to string up the CIA jet on metal cables while tearing across a valley at 10,000 feet and… well, let’s just say the bad guy escapes while neither the Gulfstream nor its Quantico-trained occupants fare too well … once that sequence is over, a one-minute montage of select scenes hints at what else fans of the director’s Christian Bale-starring Batman reboot can expect: there is a crowd of apparent rioters rushing toward a dramatic clash with police, here is the Batmobile being trailed by a futuristic jump-jet on the streets of Gotham, and look, it’s Anne Hathaway as the villainous Catwoman. Then there is a brief insert of Bane and Batman in mid-fist-fight before what looks suspiciously like an Occupy Wall Street demonstration. The final image from this prologue augurs something dark indeed for the Dark Knight: Bane’s clenched fist holding what appears to be Batman’s ripped and battered face mask.
OOOOOOH man, I wanna see this! As I said before, I’m only minorly interested in shelling out the extra bucks to see Mission: Impossible 4 in IMAX but I deffo want to see this prologue for myself so, it looks like I will be shelling out the extra bucks to see M:I 4 in IMAX. I kinda love how the movie studio asked that bloggers/journalists not publish a play-by-play report of the action shown in the Batman prologue and, yet, that’s kinda what we got anyway … not that I’m complaining. This sounds great, to be honest. I read a few tweets last night that flooded the Twitterverse after the prologue was screened and one tweeter made the bold claim that (and I’m paraphrasing) Christopher Nolan has made an even better film than Batman: The Dark Knight. HMMMM. I guess we shall see about that.