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Batman Sequel Gets IMAX Treatment

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Batman The Dark Knight
USA Today reports that Batman: The Dark Knight will have a number of scenes shot with IMAX camera equipment, which will give those scenes significantly better quality than the rest of the film. In addition to these scenes looking better in normal theaters, they'll be screened in IMAX theaters without having to be stretched or distorted to fill the entire screen -- you'll be able to see them in all of their original glory.

If they actually decide to screen these scenes in IMAX theaters, that is, I don't know if that's planned or not. There are only 280 IMAX theaters in all the world, with typical screen sizes of 72 feet wide by 52 feet high, and only about a third of those even show theatrical films, so says USA.

Nolan will shoot four action sequences — including the introduction of the Joker, played by Heath Ledger. "There's simply nothing like seeing a movie that way," Nolan says. "It's more immersive for the audience. I wish I could shoot the entire thing this way."

There are two low-resolution pictures provided with the story, one is a still from the film, and the other is a shot of the production - both featuring Hedger as The Joker.

This news in and of itself really doesn't mean much of anything, it's just studios and directors playing with really expensive toys just because they can. I don't know if the entire movie will be remastered for IMAX or not, but if it is, it won't be for a long time, so again, this is probably just more for fun and publicity than anything.

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