‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Prologue Gets PG-13 Rating

This six-minute glimpse at Christopher Nolan’s superhero sequel will feature ’some violence.’

The Dark Knight Rises six-minute prologue gets PG-13 rating
The Dark Knight Rises six-minute prologue gets PG-13 rating
Last month, Warner Bros. confirmed it will attach a six-minute prologue of The Dark Knight Rises to 70 MM IMAX prints of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol starting December 16. Today the MPAA announced it will give the prologue a PG-13 rating, for "some violence."

The report from October also indicated the prologue will not screen on all IMAX digital screens, only 70 MM IMAX screens. Of course, this rating doesn't automatically mean The Dark Knight Rises in its entirety will be rated PG-13. However, since Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were both PG-13, it seems incredibly likely that The Dark Knight Rises will be released with the PG-13 rating.

Christopher Nolan is directing The Dark Knight Rises, which is still shooting in New York City. Warner Bros. used the same tactic four years ago, when it attached a prologue of The Dark Knight to prints of I Am Legend in December 2007.

The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012 and stars Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

Sources: Box Office Mojo

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  1. ROFLitschristian

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Oh no dude. I was being sarcastic because they had to rate the prologue on its own.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  2. Nicholaus XX

    @ROFLitschristian -- You really think so? I love R-rated films, personally. I like how there is nearly no limit. Since when do they rate prologues? I thought they would just tag it a red-band trailer or say it's appropriate for all audiences.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  3. ROFLitschristian


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  4. Pjwolsker

    @jayaottley hey i checked my email and i didnt get it.. its cool if you havent did it. i just thought you meant in your earlier post you just sent it

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  5. Mynam3is

    PG-13, cannot say I expected PG or R, unless Bane in the prologue is able to take off Batman's mask and profusely beat his face to a pulp with gore galore. That would be a rather quick movie though...

    3 years agoby @mynam3isFlag

  6. Sean

    I had a feeling this would happen because of the previous movies, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  7. Ghostman

    @jayaottley I'm interested about these so called "director's cut" versions of BB and TDK....give some detail in what will be new, like say some more Scare Crow and more footage of Two-Face in TDK?

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  8. Pjwolsker

    @jayaottley huh interesting.. i cant wait to find out how liam neeson comes back.. thats gonna be nuts

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  9. Jay.A.Ottley

    @pjwolsker There may be a reference / easter egg to him,but he isn't in the film

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  10. Pjwolsker

    @jayaottley is it true hugo strange is in this? i thought i remember reading something about a mad scientist in it

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  11. Jay.A.Ottley


    Ahhh well Nolan has already provided us the answer... Batman's legs get fractured. Because Batman can still stand for fight sequences later on within the film and Bruce Wayne can still walk even though at some part within the movie he needs the assistance of a cane

    In which allows Bruce Wayne to use the excuse of saving the Mayor from TDK as an excuse of why is legs are fractured, remember when he crashed his Lambo into the car in TDK

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  12. Jay.A.Ottley

    @corey I agree, he is more the type to use the illusion of the imagination of what you thought you see but did not see... Its how he got around the controversy of Joker always using a knife.

    But there is an apparent hearsay that there will be a director's boxset which will feature director's cuts to all 3 films...I guess were just have to wait and see

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  13. Pjwolsker

    @jayaottley ha i give up

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  14. Jimthar

    thats just one more reason for me to see MI:4 in theaters.

    3 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  15. Corey W.

    @jayaottley I don't even think there will be a Director's Cut. Nolan isn't about gore, language, and sex when it comes to his Batman films.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  16. Jay.A.Ottley

    @pjwolsker Then you used logic over fan orgasm, lol

    Because thinking logically... How could Bruce Wayne walk if Batman's back gets broken?

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  17. skywise

    @shuabert i agree it is brilliant but i find myself skipping to heth Ledger's parts...they are absolutly wonderful.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  18. moviegeek

    Nolan has proven that his Batman films are intense enough without the gore of an R-rating. I'm looking forward to seeing this intro on the big screen.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  19. Pjwolsker

    well there is footage of heath ledger that hasnt been seen before.. it would be cool to check some of that out if they did a directors cut

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  20. Josh

    I don't want a director's cut of The Dark Knight. That movie is nearly perfect to me.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  21. Pjwolsker

    @jayaottley in that case i dont think his back will get broken cause that what most people would get from that.. im guessing an ambush/trap of some kind

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  22. Jay.A.Ottley

    @pjwolsker Let's just say, Bane shows that the Bat can be broken, but use your logic and don't take that little hint in the wrong context.

    @ghostman fairly agree but the ASA have define it in what provocation it lies within and well the closest it comes to is sexual

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  23. Ghostman

    @jayaottley@thaphoenix At least it's not as bad as the Tom Ford perfume ad:


    Now that, i can see banned in UK.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  24. Pjwolsker

    @jayaottley ha im guessing Bane f's someone up big time

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  25. Ghostman

    @jayaottley@thaphoenix Let's just call it 'edgy' and 'provocative' nothing sexual, just suggestive.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  26. Tha Phoenix

    @jayaottley Maybe it's only a matter of time till it's banned in the US, too? :)

    3 years agoby @thaphoenixFlag

  27. Jay.A.Ottley

    @thaphoenix In which all of that would fall under the definition of sexually provocative in terms of the ASA banning regulations

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  28. Tha Phoenix

    @jayaottley@ghostman That ad was banned because Dakota looks a bit young - and the image she portrays is one of a 'Lolita'. I, myself, found it offensive when I first saw it a few months ago, and I'm one of those people who is rarely bothered about media/ads etc. :)

    3 years agoby @thaphoenixFlag

  29. Jay.A.Ottley

    @pjwolsker The opening sequence which is these 6 minutes is bone cracking ;)

    Got the email as well, will send you the script in a sec, dude

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

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