Dark Knight Rises Prologue Confirmed

Six IMAX minutes to screen before M:I4

It's been leaked previously and retracted again, but there's official confirmation from Warner Bros. that the six-minute Dark Knight Rises prologue will be shown before IMAX screenings of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol later this month. Cough Told you so.

Says Christopher Nolan of the decision: "Our experience on The Dark Knight shooting and projecting IMAX 15 perf 65mm/70mm film was inspiring. 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.”

Those lucky folk in the US will clap their eyes on the prologue when M:I4 lands there on December 16, while over here we'll have nearly a week to dodge the inevitable online blow-by-blows. December 21 is the date to circle if you're in the UK.

The following screens will be showing the footage in the UK: BFI London; the National Media Museum IMAX in Bradford; Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema; and Odeon Manchester IMAX @The Printworks in Manchester. If you need another reason to see Tom Cruise hang off the Burj Khalifa on an IMAX screen, look no further.

The Dark Knight Rises is in cinemas on July 20, 2012.