‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy IMAX Engagement Sold Out in LA and NYC Almost Immediately (Exclusive)

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‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy Returning to IMAX Screens in 70mm for Special Engagement

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Batman is coming back to the big screen — and to the biggest of screens.

All three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films starring Christian Bale, a.k.a. “The Dark Knight” trilogy, are returning to IMAX screens and on 70mm film for a five-city, special engagement starting at the end of the month, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein announced Tuesday.

The first stop on the tour will take place on March 30 at the Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood. Warner Bros. will screen 2005’s “Batman Begins,” 2008’s “The Dark Knight” and 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises” back-to-back-to-back. Then between the second and third films, Nolan will join the audience for a moderated Q&A discussion on the movies.

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On April 13, the trilogy will screen at AMC Lincoln Square in New York City and AMC Metreon in San Francisco, followed by Cinesphere Ontario Place, Toronto, and IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, on April 20. Each of the subsequent screenings will be accompanied by the footage of Nolan’s Los Angeles Q&A.

The films will screen on IMAX 70mm in all five cities. Nolan used IMAX cameras to shoot both “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

“Christopher Nolan broke new ground with the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy, and this is a rare chance for today’s audiences to experience these extraordinary films as they were meant to be seen,” Goldstein said in a statement. “To have the added privilege of hearing Chris’s insights firsthand makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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Both “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” each grossed over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office.

Tickets for all events will go on sale Wednesday at 9 a.m. PT, and moviegoers who acquire tickets for all three films will receive a lanyard and special “Dark Knight” trilogy collectible.

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New Christopher Nolan Imax Film Set for Summer 2020 Release

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Warner Bros. has dated an untitled “Christopher Nolan Event Film” for July 17, 2020, at which time the film will be released on IMAX.

The slot replaces something previously called an “untitled WB Event Film” on the Warner Bros. slate. There are no details beyond that. The date also comes one week before the release of an untitled DC film from Warner Bros that is currently slated for July, 24, 2020.

Nolan’s last film, 2017’s “Dunkirk,” was also with Warner Bros. It won three Oscars, was nominated for Best Picture and grossed $526 million worldwide. Although a hefty amount, it was his fourth highest grossing film, behind “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Inception.”

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“Dunkirk” was also released in IMAX and in 70mm in one of the widest such releases for the wider film format, and Nolan has been one of the last directors clinging to film stock over digital. As a result, IMAX in its Q3 that year posted massive earnings on the back of “Dunkirk’s” success on the larger screens both domestically and abroad.

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Christopher Nolan Is Trying to Make Sure His Movies Won’t Look Weird on TV

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Producer/director Christopher Nolan is on a mission to improve your television-viewing pleasure.

Have you ever been to a super store and noticed that a movie being played on a demo 4K TV looks kinda weird? Like it’s being played at 1.5x speed? That’s because of a TV setting called “motion smoothing.” Put simply, it’s a mode added to TVs to remove the motion blur that comes with high-definition presentation… and Nolan is one among many filmmakers who dislike what it does to their films so much that they’re doing something about it.

Earlier this week, Nolan, who is co-head of the Directors Guild of America’s Creative Rights Committee, sent an email to DGA members announcing that he, fellow co-head Jonathan Moslow, and “There Will Be Blood” director Paul Thomas Anderson are reaching out to TV manufacturers to make it easier to turn off motion smoothing on TVs.

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“Many of you have seen your work appear on television screens looking different from the way you actually finished it. Modern televisions have extraordinary technical capabilities, and it is important that we harness these new technologies to ensure that the home viewer sees our work presented as closely as possible to our original creative intentions,” reads the letter.

Motion smoothing is done by adding fake frames between the ones that are processed from TV broadcast signals, giving a crisper presentation and a frame rate of 60 frames per second. For sports, this is great because it makes it easier to keep track of the action as it unfolds. But for movies, which are still filmed at 24 frames per second, motion smoothing removes the cinematic feel, making them look like soap operas by “speeding up” the presentation.

This has teed off many directors and cinematographers in Hollywood, from Nolan to Christopher McQuarrie to “Handmaid’s Tale” director Reed Morano.

Been at it for years. Sux. https://t.co/MCFLQHCsPh

– Reed Morano, A.S.C. (@reedmorano) October 5, 2017

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So why not just turn off the setting when playing a movie? Well, easier said than done. Turning off motion framing — which is the default setting on many TVs — can be very complicated and vary depending on the TV. On some TVs, it’s not even called motion smoothing. It might be called “frame interpolation” or “motion liquidity” instead.

Now, in the DGA letter, Nolan says that plans are being made to create a dialogue between filmmakers and TV companies to remove those roadblocks. The letter, which was obtained by /Film, includes a survey asking directors how they’d like motion smoothing and other presentation settings to be changed, including whether they’d like a button toggling motion smoothing to be added to remote controls.

So fear not, cinephiles. The days of digging into the Stygian depths of your TVs settings to remove the “soap opera effect” may soon be a thing of the past. Hopefully.

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