By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Jul 10, 2012 02:50 PM EDT
We are only a little over a week away from being able to observe Christopher Nolan's latest cinematic masterpiece "Dark Knight Rises." Many are predicting that the Batman prequel will burst on the motion picture scene in not only a big way, but on a massive historic scale.
Box office experts confidently believe that the Batman franchise will easily topple its current record setting "Dark Knight," which previously solidified an immensely impressive 158.4 million opening weekend bottom line.
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Stacked with a big budget cast many gritty independent filmmakers could only fathom, "Dark Knight Rises" has been built for nothing less than blockbuster grandiose success.
The gruff but always entertaining Christian Bale returns to his Batman role. You will also be treated to the aged beneath his years Liam Neeson (as Ra's Al Gul) and "Warrior" standout Tom Hardy (as Bane). Michael Caine comes back as Alfred along with Morgan Freeman (as Lucius Fox) as well. It's hardly "500 Days Of Summer" as "Inception" actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt debuts (as John Blake) and reunites with Nolan rounding out the cast.
To add to the Batman lover's delight, director Nolan also shot over an hour of footage for the film with IMAX cameras; which were first put in use in motion pictures on "Dark Knight." It is interesting to note that Nolan, who works on his scripts along with his also talented brother Jonathon, was leaning on ending his run on Batman. This was due to his desire to see the series end on at its pinnacle. Fortunately for the Batman universe, that never happened as the Nolans were able to hammer out an equally appealing story.
With groundbreaking assessments comes a groundbreaking responsibility. Hence, many in the movie world are all but guaranteeing Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Director for Nolan, who previously appeared to be snubbed of the awards in "09."
"Dark Knight Rises" is set to open July 20th.
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