UPDATED: 8 new images. Following yesterday’s IMAX poster for ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ Yahoo! Movies has unleashed this new IMAX TV spot for Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to his Batman trilogy. The TV spot highlights some great new shots from the film alongside a number of fresh snippets of dialogue from Tom Hardy’s Bane and Christian Bale’s Batman. 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 just two weeks away, arriving in cinemas and IMAX on July 20th.

In related news, Empire has published a rather excellent interview with Gary Oldman for ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ Oldman is an actor so good he doesn’t pull you out of the story and make you think, “Wow, that Gary Oldman sure is awesome,” the entire time. It’s more of a case of, “Wow, that Stansfield character was great in ‘Leon.’ He fits whatever role he plays so perfectly. He’s the epitome of a flexible, adaptable, and versatile actor, portraying such wide-ranging and unforgettable roles as Harry Potter’s beloved godfather, Sirius Black, Dracula, Beethoven, Lee Harvey Oswald, Zorg, Sid Vicious, and John le Carré’s ultimate spy, George Smiley, in an Oscar-nominated performance. For Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ Oldman returns to the role of Gotham City’s top cop and Batman’s crime-fighting ally, Commissioner Jim Gordon, alongside series regulars in Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine’s Alfred, and Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox.

Discussing his first meeting with Christopher Nolan about playing Jim Gordon, Gary Oldman revealed,“I never had a meeting with him about Jim Gordon. We’d met for a cup of coffee at the 101 Café in Hollywood and he was talking about his reinterpretation of Batman and his life through the comic and where it had travelled, really. From Tim Burton to… absolute shite. I mean, the last movie, whatever it was in the franchise, the early franchise with Mr Freeze, they should take that can of film and blow it up! Chris admired and was a fan of the comic and the original conception of Batman, which was darker. So that was basically the pitch, he was saying, ‘I’m going to reinterpret it, I’m going to try and base it more in reality, there will be explanations’. I thought it sounded fantastic. Then they came in with a villain. And I was at that point where you say, “Oh. I can’t do that anymore”. I really felt I’d played all the notes that I could in terms of villains.”

The Oscar-nominated actor also shed some light on his experience working with the likes of Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Tom Hardy on ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ “Christian… I’ve never really talked to him about it. I’ve always really got to the set and I mean he’s always ready. I just noticed with Tom that he sort of has to bounce it around a bit. And of course Michael! There was one scene [on The Dark Knight Rises] where Michael, Michael Caine, had to get very emotional and it’s almost heart-breaking, it’s almost too painful to watch. And he came in, take one: Got it. Take two: Got it. Take three: Nailed it. I mean it was like watching a masterclass in acting. I said to Christian at the time, “That is how it’s fucking done.” Just seeing it. No messing.” 

For the full interview head on over to Empire. Look out for my own interviews for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ shortly! Based upon characters appearing in comic books published by the good folks over at DC Comics, ‘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.  Check out the official synopsis and production details for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ below the new IMAX TV spot.

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.