Dark Knight Rises 'big' for Nolan
The first six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises have been unveiled.
Producer Emma Thomas previewed the prologue in London and said that director Christopher Nolan wants it to be as "big" as possible.
The opening sequence of the third - and final instalment - of Christopher's rebooted Batman trilogy featured an opening speech by Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) before viewers got a glimpse of villain Bane, played by Tom Hardy.
"On The Dark Knight Rises, there were about 20 minutes of film that was shot on native IMAX cameras. In making these movies, Chris is making the experience as big and as immersive as it possibly can be," she said at the BFI IMAX.
"He was trying to get back to the feeling that he had as a kid when he would go and see great, big, entertaining action movies and IMAX is his favourite format. He feels that this is the way he wants people to see the movie in an ideal world."
Emma added: "With this prologue, we want to show people what the experience can be...and we'd love for people to see the film in this way."
Christian Bale reprises his role as the Caped Crusader in the follow-up to The Dark Knight, and is joined by Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard.
The Dark Knight Rises will open in cinemas in July 2012, with the prologue to be shown ahead of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol screenings at IMAX cinemas around the country.