There are a lot of big blockbusters coming out this year, but the biggest of all is "The Dark Knight Rises" — and we mean that quite literally, as according to The Wall Street Journal, Christopher Nolan has announced that over an hour of the film was shot using IMAX technology.
Face it: Normal theaters just can't contain the power of Christian Bale's Batman.
Once upon a time, of course, IMAX was reserved for science museum shorts about the amazing world of microbes or Earth Day specials featuring families of endangered wildebeests. But Nolan himself changed all that thanks to the huge success of 2008's "The Dark Knight" at IMAX theaters, validating his belief that the extra hassle of filming with the bulky IMAX cameras is more than worth the effort.
"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," Nolan said. "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."
So just how dedicated to IMAX is Nolan? Not only did he film more than an hour of "The Dark Knight Rises" in IMAX format — over 20 minutes more than "The Dark Knight" had and more than any other major feature film to date — he actually made shooting in IMAX one of the conditions of filming the movie at all. No IMAX? No "Dark Knight Rises."
"You will see a crisper image," Nolan promises. Crisper and much, much larger. We wouldn't want to see the biggest blockbuster of the year any other way.