Fans who are planning on buying tickets for AMC’s upcoming Batman marathon in anticipation of “The Dark Knight Rises” are in for a special treat. Apparently that marathon is going to be screened in IMAX, with “Batman Begins” being post-converted to the format.
Variety has the news about the conversion. Both “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” were filmed in IMAX, with a good hour of “The Dark Knight Rises'” running time being shot in the format. “Batman Begins” was shown in IMAX theaters back when it was released in 2005, but it was shot on regular film. This will be its first time in digital IMAX.
Though this will drive more ticket sales for AMC, we also have a feeling that this change for “Batman Begins” was director Christopher Nolan’s idea. He’s a big fan of IMAX, and has been its defender time after time. In an interview back in April, Nolan explained why he is such an avid fan of IMAX over 3D.
“I prefer the big canvas, looking up at an enormous screen and at an image that feels larger than life. When you treat that stereoscopically, and we’ve tried a lot of tests, you shrink the size so the image becomes a much smaller window in front of you. So the effect of it, and the relationship of the image to the audience, has to be very carefully considered. And I feel that in the initial wave to embrace it, that wasn’t considered in the slightest,” he said. “I think IMAX is the best film format that was ever invented.”
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