In case there were any doubt remaining as to how best to watch The Dark Knight Rises when it arrives next summer, Chris Nolan has revealed that a whopping "45-50 minutes" of the film has been shot using IMAX cameras.
"We shot about twice what we did last time [ on The Dark Knight], at least," said Nolan to Entertainment Weekly . "Last time we were about 25 minutes [ in IMAX ]. Obviously, I haven’t cut [ the rest of The Dark Knight Rises] yet, so I don’t know the exact running time, but I think we’ll be in the 45 to 50 minute range."
"It's basically all the action sequences, and some of the more large-scale other bits of the film that aren’t necessarily action. We even shot some dialogue scenes and some quite intimate dramatic scenes, which we haven’t done before, so some of that will make its way into the film."
Anyone who saw The Dark Knight on an IMAX screen will be able to testify to how much the big-screen technology added to the overall experience, so with double the amount of footage optimised for the format, IMAX is once again the best way to enjoy the film as Nolan intended.
As for whether we might see a film shot entirely in IMAX any time soon, Nolan was sceptical, "unless they could make an IMAX camera that was quiet enough to shoot dialogue scenes." In the meantime, we'll just have to make do with the action sequences. Oh well...