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29 May 2007  |  Written by   |  Source: USA Today

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We all knew The Dark Knight was going to be big, but today come's news that parts of it are going to be re-heally big. Christopher Nolan has said that he's shooting four major sequences in the Imax format, including a bank heist that introduces The Joker, says USA Today

The uber-big screen format will mean that when the movie's released in Imax cinemas these four sequences will fill the whole screen in super-hi-def, rather than that oddly stretched 'n' squished look we're used to from normal movies transferred to the format. It'll also mean that in non-Imax cinemas these sequences appear much clearer – think hi-def versus standard TV.

"There's simply nothing like seeing a movie that way," Nolan told USA Today. "It's more immersive for the audience. I wish I could shoot the entire thing this way...You can't do this on any home theater. Batman has some of the most extraordinary characters in pop culture. We wanted the Joker to have the grandest entrance possible".

Excitingly, USA Today also has two new pics from the movie. Click the thumbnails below to view. Neither is likely to be enough to make you soil your Batman branded Y-fronts, but in one we get a good, albeit, blurred impression of The Joker with green hair and all. The second pic shows a man in a clown mask with another character out of focus in the background. Since the clothes match up with other shots we've seen, this could be The Joker pre-facial mangling or one of his henchmen. What do you think?

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IMAX? I think i may have just come in my pants... oh, no i've just weed myself. again. anyone know a good brand of incontinence pants? More

Posted by phunkyfish at 10:48 on 07 June 2007 | Report This Post

L: jimbo909 Negative on that one. This little blurry production pic I've seen looks very encouraging. The first time I watched Tim Burton's Batman gins didn't seem as good anymore. I still love Jack's version and that great dialogue ("If anyone else calls you beast, I'll rip their lungs out") but I'm ready for a completely different take on The Joker. Nolan won't let us down. Hopefully we'll get a blend of Ceasar Romero's version and Alan Moore's The Killing Joke. More

Posted by IAmMadeOfPoison at 00:46 on 01 June 2007 | Report This Post

Darkverge. You stated that the Joker has to fall into the vat because of Batman. This is true along the lines of the first Batman movie as well as the graphic novel The Killing Joke. However, the first story of Joker falling into the vat of chemicals where he was the criminal known as the Red Hood goes way back, and Batman was not involved. Just FYI. :D I've got the comic somewhere stored. More

Posted by direcrow at 21:54 on 31 May 2007 | Report This Post

I loveBATMAN!! and JOKER is THE BEST baddy!!! I cant WAIT!! XXX More

Posted by dizi90lizi at 18:56 on 31 May 2007 | Report This Post

L: Biggus I know the picture is blurry but the Joker's hair does look a little bouffant. o go for the greasy slicked-back lookuote] Negative on that one. This little blurry production pic I've seen looks very encouraging. The first time I watched Tim Burton's Batman gins didn't seem as good anymore. I still love Jack's version and that great dialogue ("If anyone else calls you beast, I'll rip their lungs out") but I'm ready for a completely different take on The Joker. More

Posted by jimbo909 at 17:41 on 31 May 2007 | Report This Post

Filmfan 2
I have complete confidence in Nolan and everyone involved, that this will be another excellent addition to the Batman universe. As far as I'm concerned, Batman Begins is the best of the series, bar none, and most definitely the best of the superhero genre. I think it would take a might cock-up in judgement for Nolan to go wrong with this, as he's shown with every film that he's made that he is capable of making material that treats the audience with intelligence, as well as entertaining them. More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 12:02 on 31 May 2007 | Report This Post

hell yeah!!!
i was dubious about heath ledger as joker. great actor yes, but joker? but the pics i have seen have just blown me away. i am excited in ways usually only monica bellucci can conjure. as for the acid any reader of the dark knight knows, the joker has no idea who he was or how he came to be how he is. he has many pasts, of which the acid bath is only one (killing joke). but i am getting all geek here. nolan is the man. and anyone that says bale isn't the best bat ever obviously yearns f More

Posted by liamers77 at 21:25 on 30 May 2007 | Report This Post

Joker has to fall into the chemicals because of Batman, otherwise it won't be right. I don't care who he was before, but he's gotta have an "acid bath". But I'm really digging the new creepy look however. More

Posted by darkverge at 15:19 on 30 May 2007 | Report This Post

I know the picture is blurry but the Joker's hair does look a little bouffant. Needs to go for the greasy slicked-back look. More

Posted by Biggus at 09:12 on 30 May 2007 | Report This Post

Hang on, so the screen will suddenly enlarge then go back to normal size after these 4 scenes? That'll be a bit odd, especially for people watching this and haven't a clue that it was deliberate. meh. More

Posted by FragileEvenstar at 05:16 on 30 May 2007 | Report This Post

i think dark night will be good it's the third one u should worry about xmen 3 dissapointing spidey 3 i thought was ok but not everyone else did superman 3 don't go there batman forever was ok part from jim carrey so fingers crossed that nolans third will be good there will be one trust me More

Posted by alimac at 23:11 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

Ok, so look at the two pics on this page - The Joker in the first pic, in the mask doing the bank job, clearly doesn't have white face / black eyes and green hair. The Joker in the second pic (which has been blurred) is wearing the same clothes but DOES have the traditional green hair and red lips like in the teaser pic. So what happens? Does this show that he DOESN'T star the film as the Joker, but DOES leave cards around as h More

Posted by pablohoolio at 20:39 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

I'll definitely catch this at the IMAX so I can see it how it is intended to be seen.   I don't think we can consider this our first proper look at the Joker because,   1) we already had that last week   and 2) You can't see anything from that picture other than the fact he'll have a big red mouth and green hair.   I can appreciate Mr Wayne's concerns about the IMAX experierience, but I take comfort in the fact that Nolan never seems to do anything for a quic More

Posted by mattchoman at 17:50 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

ah! cant wait!
i luv batman begins n i cannot wait 4 the dark knight! i luv comic book movies lik spiderman but so disappointed wiv the recent 1! hopefully Nolan dont go down dat way, hope he maks a rele gd film! bring on 2008! More

Posted by nmaudlin1 at 17:31 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

All i can say is - TRUST NOLAN....he hasn't let us down before!!     More

Posted by Le Tenia at 16:40 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

im just amazed that the article doesnt make a big deal out of our first proper look at the joker! How cool is that! More

Posted by clarkkent at 16:36 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Sweet
I've been looking for a decent film to break my IMAX duck, and seeing as Spidey 3 wasn't shown in this country ay well be the one I make the trip for. More

Posted by pettsy at 13:34 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

Really starting to look forward to this. Definitely going to be heading over to Bradders for the IMAX. More

Posted by Jack'sSmirkinRevenge at 13:15 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

hmmm sexy
the jokers hair reminds me of ceaser romaros take on the clown prince? More

Posted by danbo1138 at 11:25 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

From the two pics it looks a bit like the second one is the Joker with the mask on and then he takes it off later to unveil his messed up face. I only say this cos the suits look similar tho, lol. Great the film has Imax scenes as well. More

Posted by cluesy at 11:06 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

TV show
they were shooting a tv show scene for black knight at my university a couple of weeks ago, which was pretty ocol. Nolan was around too. More

Posted by zappalm at 10:56 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

RE: shooting
the first picture of the blurred Joker? More

Posted by Dave B at 10:04 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

If anyone wants to try to get a sneaky peak of the Dark Knight being filmed, then they appear to be shooting scenes in Farringdon. At least the bottom of St John Street has been closed of for 2 weeks with film trucks, and there's a SWAT style van parked up with Gotham City Police written all over it, so I guess that's what they're doing. Might be 2nd unit stuff though.. More

Posted by gusbuster at 10:01 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

Ou est le pics??? I can't find a link for the clickin'....! More

Posted by drawmyfoot at 09:47 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

I love it! Great! Brilliant! Fantastico!
Then again. I hate it! Boo! Rubbish! Down with this sort of thing! More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 09:37 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

I'm not sure...
I'm not sure about this.. I mean it's great that some sequences are going to be in really good quality, but on the other hand.. I think it might be very annoying to see a movie that's just constantly changing from normal to very good screen quality. It just makes the scenes that don't have the hi-fi less interesting. I mean seeing the movie in great sharpness and then in normal sharpness would be a downhill-experience I suppose. I just don't know. Pics are exciting though! More

Posted by Mr Wayne at 09:19 on 29 May 2007 | Report This Post

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