THE DARK KNIGHT RISES to Include Over an Hour of IMAX Footage

UPDATE: Scheduled for theatrical release this summer, The Dark Knight Rises is the third and final film in director Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy and stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway.

The Dark Knight Rises is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar winner Christian Bale again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar winner Michael Caine plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman reprises the role of Lucius Fox. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer.

It was revealed that director Christopher Nolan will include over an hour of 65mm lens footage in his final Batman film, making it the largest use of IMAX filming in the history of Hollywood movies. Nolan first began using IMAX cameras in 2008 for The Dark Knight to great success and has much further expanded the filming style with his third and final movie in the franchise.

UPDATE: The wall Street Journal article was inaccurate in reporting the IMAX footage runtime. The film will feature approximately 40 minutes of IMAX footage.

The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Gary Oldman​, Michael Caine​, Morgan Freeman​, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt​, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard​, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Diego Klattenhoff, Burn Gorman​, Nestor Carbonell, Alon Aboutboul​, Matthew Modine​, Tom Conti, Brett Cullen​, Chris Ellis and Joey King and is scheduled to hit theaters July 20th, 2012.