This month marks the 80th anniversary of the creation of the Caped Crusader, Gotham’s watchful protector, Batman. In March of 1939, creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger presented the Dark Knight in his first ever publication, Detective Comics #27. Since then, the fierce vigilante has been a prominent figure in the world of comic books, television and film adaptations.
In honor of the 80th anniversary, Warner Bros. is returning Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy to IMAX theaters in a limited number of special locations nationwide. Kicking off the anniversary celebration on March 30th, the Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood, California will be playing all three films (2005’s Batman Begins, 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises) back-to-back-to-back. Before the second and third films, there will be interludes in which Nolan himself will be present for special Q&A sessions regarding the trilogy. Then, on April 13th, the trilogy will play at AMC Lincoln Square in New York City and AMC Metreon in San Francisco, followed by a final showing on April 20th at Cinesphere Ontario Place, Toronto, and IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis. The April 13th and April 20th showings will contain the footage of Nolan’s Q&A sessions in Los Angeles.
Jeff Goldstein, the President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros., had this to say regarding the trilogy’s return:
“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. To have the added privilege of hearing Chris’s insights firsthand makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Nolan’s depiction of Batman, which he conjured up with his brother Jonathan and David S. Goyer and features Christian Bale in the title role, resurrected the Batman franchise and revolutionized the superhero film genre. It earned two Academy Awards (including Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight) and raked in $2.5 billion at the box office. It remains a staple in the genre to this day and is considered one of Nolan’s masterpiece works.
Tickets for the events go on sale beginning Wednesday, March 13th at 9am PDT.
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