Warner Bros has unleashed this new batch of images from Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ This collection highlights some excellent looks at a number of the key newcomers to Nolan’s Batman saga in Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake, and Matthew Modine’s deputy commissioner Peter Foley. The images also provides us with new looks at Christopher Nolan on set, Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne, and both Michael Caine’s Alfred and Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox, who over the course of ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’ have been an integral part of Bruce Wayne and Batman’s inner circle alongside Gary Oldman’s Jim Gordon.

In related news, London’s BFI IMAX cinema announced today that it has now sold 62,300 tickets for ‘The Dark Knight Rises – The IMAX Experience,’ grossing £1,001,300, two days ahead of the film’s opening this Friday. Since tickets went on sale five weeks ago, thousands of Batman fans have been snapping them up to ensure they see the film on Britain’s biggest screen. The figures for both the advance box office gross and the number of tickets sold have beaten the cinema’s previous best-ever advance sales, which were for ‘Avatar’ in December 2009 (£607,000 sales for 47,000 tickets). ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ also broke BFI IMAX records for highest first day sales ever (24,754 tickets, grossing £409,838) and the highest first week sales ever (38,658 tickets, grossing £634,013). Both these records were previously held by ‘Prometheus.’ 43 shows are now sold out, including screenings for early birds at 04.25 and 04.55 this weekend.

Judging by films stunning trailers, its marketing campaign, the first-rate cast, and most importantly; the two previous installments in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight saga, ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight,’ I always expected something rather special from ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ Thankfully I can confirm that it delivers, big time! Based upon the iconic characters appearing in comic books published by 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 film is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer. Check out the production details and official synopsis for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ below the new selection of images. The film lands in cinemas and IMAX from July 20th. You can check out my interviews for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ here: Anne HathawayChristian BaleChristopher NolanGary Oldman and Joseph Gordon-LevittMichael Caine and Morgan Freeman (more still to come). Images source: The Playlist.

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.