Digital Spy attended a preview of the prologue today (December 14)... here's five things we learned from The Dark Knight Rises' opening scene.
1. Before the presentation, Dark Knight Rises producer Emma Thomas introduced the footage and emphasised director Christopher Nolan's passion for IMAX. It is, she says, his "format of choice", reminding him of the big-scale action pictures he used to watch when he was a wee lad.
2. The very first words uttered in The Dark Knight Rises are: "I knew Harvey Dent." They're spoken by Gary Oldman's Commissioner Gordon.
3. The six-minute sequence demonstrates Bane's intelligence and formidable physical presence. Tom Hardy's villain gets himself deliberately kidnapped in order to spring a prisoner in a daring mid-air assault. Behind the mask his dialogue is heavily muffled, but we did make out the phrase "the fire rises". As the plane spirals around in mid-air, it's very reminiscent of Inception's tilting corridor scene. Also, The Wire's Aidan Gillen plays a big part in this scene.
4. After the prologue ended, a brief teaser of quick-fire footage screened. What did we see? Batman and Bane's big battle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's cop John Blake wielding a gun, Anne Hathaway's Catwoman in costume and later in what looked like the back of a police car, and Batman's broken cowl.
5. After leaving the screening, we were presented with a black T-shirt carrying the below logo. What could it mean? Fire away with your suggestions in the Facebook comments box below.
The new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is expected to debut this Friday (December 16). The movie opens in cinemas in June 2012.
> The Dark Knight Rises: Bane crushes Batman in new poster
> Christopher Nolan 'emotional over Batman end'