the dark Knight Rises batman bat pod The Dark Knight Rises Running Time Confirmed For 164 Minutes 27 Seconds

Long rumoured to clock in at 2 hours and 45 minutes, Christopher Nolan’s hugely-anticipated finale to his Batman trilogy, ’The Dark Knight Rises,’ has been confirmed by the British Board of Film Classification to have a running time of 164 minutes and 27 seconds, a tad over 2 hours and 44 minutes. The two previous installments in Nolan’s Batman saga, ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight,’ had running times of 140 minutes and 152 minutes respectively.  The BBFC also confirm that the film will have, rather unsurprisingly, ”moderate violence.” Another interesting tidbit of information from the BBFC comes in the form of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ cast listing on their website, with Liam Neeson listed. In ‘Batman Begins,’ Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul first acted as a mentor and teacher to Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne, but then became his arch-enemy after Bruce left Ra’s League of Shadows and subsequently became Batman. Speculation online has long pointed towards Neeson cameoing in ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ Based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is set eight years after Batman (Bale) took the fall for Two Face’s crimes in ‘The Dark Knight.’ The film sees the Caped Crusader resurface to protect a city that brands him an enemy as a new terrorist leader, Bane (Tom Hardy), overwhelms Gotham’s finest.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Adam Rodriguez and Rob Brown co-star. The screenplay for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer. Once the credits started to roll after the final scene in ‘The Dark Knight’ – the visually stunning montage scene featuring Jim Gordon’s (Gary Oldman) epic “he’s the hero Gotham deserves” monologue, capped off with that last beautiful shot of Christian Bale’s Batman on his Bat-pod going off in the distance – a third instalment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series has been sitting gloriously and comfortably at the top of my “most anticipated film” list. The release of that film is now less than a month away, arriving in cinemas and IMAX on July 20th. Check out the official synopsis and production details for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ below.

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

Behind the scenes, “The Dark Knight Rises” reunites the director with several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the “The Dark Knight.” The creative team includes director of photography Wally Pfister, who recently won an Oscar® for his work on Nolan’s “Inception”; production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). In addition, Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars® for the effects in “Inception,” supervised the visual and special effects, respectively. The music is composed by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”).

In helming the film, Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX® cameras even more extensively than he did on “The Dark Knight,” which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX cameras. The locations span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Slated for release beginning July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.