'Dark Knight' Takes IMAX Flight
At least four sequences, including the introduction of the Joker, will be shot for IMAX
While it has become common for standard 35mm features to be remastered for the extra-large screen after-the-fact, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the sequel to "Batman Begins" will become the first major feature shot even partially with IMAX cameras.
The trade paper is saying that four scenes from "The Dark Knight" will be shot with the IMAX format and those scenes will simply be integrated into the rest of the 35mm feature.
Although principal photography on "The Dark Knight" is only just beginning, the first IMAX-shot sequences, featuring the introduction of Heath Ledger's Joker, were shot last month in Chicago.
"The Dark Knight" is set to premiere day-and-date in IMAX and regular format theaters on July 18, 2008. In non-IMAX theaters, the IMAX-shot segments will be retrofitted to the 35mm format and will just appear crisper-than-usual.
Warner Bros. has previously broken IMAX box office records with a variety of offerings including the "Harry Potter" films and this spring's "300."
"The Dark Knight" features "Batman Begins" stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman along with new franchise additions Ledger, Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gyllenhaal.