"The Dark Knight Rises" will not arrive in the U.S. theaters until July 20, but already the midnight screening tickets of the highly anticipated superhero film were sold out more than half a year in advance. It is reported that the tickets in New York have been sold, while in some other big cities, it is said that they will soon be sold out as well.
The tickets for "The Dark Knight Rises" IMAX screening have reportedly gone on sale since December following the film's six-minute prologue played before "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol". According to a quick search on Fandango, those tickets were available in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
A spokesperson for Fandango explained to Entertainment Weekly that "it's usual for movie tickets to go on sale this far in advance". Before "The Dark Knight Rises", big films like "Avatar" were also selling tickets around four months in advance. Still, selling out tickets more than six months in advance was something that even "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" film series didn't do.
Warner Bros. Pictures hasn't made any comment on why it decided to sell the midnight IMAX tickets for the Caped Crusader film early.
"The Dark Knight Rises" will be the final installment of the Batman trilogy from director Christopher Nolan. It will take place eight years after the Harvey Dent case in "The Dark Knight". Terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, as well as forcing Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Dent's crimes.
Christian Bale will reprise his role as the lead superhero, while Tom Hardy tackles the part of supervillain Bane. They are joined by Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake.