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The first Dark Knight Rises press screening results in a standing ovation and spoiler filled social media posts

07.06.2012

The first press/critics screening of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES happened earlier today and resulted in a standing ovation. The posts coming from those in attendance are overwhelmingly positive. Here are some of those reactions that are hitting Twitter and Facebook pages. WARNING: Some of these posts contain minor spoilers for the film. I will try and post those at the bottom of the story and will warn you again before you get there. But please don't whine that I ruined anything for you. This first few are spoiler free.

From The Dark Knight Rises Hype Facebook group: As far as audience reaction, there were only 40-50 ppl in attendance (mostly critics), but there was applause and I leaned over and shook Michael Uslan's hand and congratulated him when his name appeared in the credits. I, myself, cried twice...once out of sadness and once out of pure geeky uncontrollable happiness.

@marcogennuso: Vince just saw Dark Knight Rises at a press screening & says: "Wow. Quite speechless at the moment....TDKR was everything I wanted it to be"

@TomMcAuliffe: Just finished the screening of Dark Knight Rises...so much awesome...can't wait to see it again. And again. and "9 out of 10 for me. I'd put Amazing Spider-Man at a 7.5 and Avengers at an 8.5"

Tom McAuliffe again: "To your original question - there are things I criticize in every film, but this one measures high on many measures. There will be some surprises but not big ones, the beauty of the film is how well it tells the story. Tom Hardy was incredible as Bane, the storyline was fantastic. I think the Joker is far more iconic than Bane, with more memorable quotes, but this story was great, including Bane's origin. Godfather 3 never happened. Xmen 3 & Spider-Man 3 were awful, this film was the perfect final chapter in the trilogy."

Now, this next one contains specific spoilers for the film. If you truly want nothing ruined, stop reading NOW.

Facebook user KnightOfTheFall: Bane, whilst nowhere near as impressive as Joker, was an excellent choice for a bad guy. This guy is pure malevolence. There is a particularly violent moment which involves bane and a poor wall street dude. It's something all parents need to be aware of before taking kids. Selina was great and Hathaway nailed the character and made her own interpretation but there are many little traits from past origins that come into play. JGL is not robin nor does he appear in the suit. He is just an idealistic beat cop. Nothing more. His character is handled and written well. Bale was excellent as Batman and finally, The Bat Voice, is done with justice. It's not as forced as it was previously. Action scenes were excellent and truly make this move epic. The last 20 minutes with Batman and Bane are some of the finest fight scenes I've ever seen in a superhero movie. The camera is pulled back and slowed down to show the blows.

(UPDATE: A source wishing to remain anonymous e-mailed regarding this last review and claims it is completely off-base.  Since I have no way of verifying either KnightOfTheFall or this anonymous source, I will leave them both here.  Two man entah, one man leave!)

So, there you have it. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES sounds like it is shaping up to be everything we want the conclusion of Nolan's Batman trilogy to be.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES screens for the rest of us on July 20th (14 days!).

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Extra Tidbit: For spoiler-free interactive TDKR fun, check out Nokia's new 3D map of Gotham City. You can zoom in and unlock content while seeing what Nolan's interpretation of Bruce Wayne's hometown looks like. Click here to Explore Gotham City.

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11:06PM on 07/08/2012
I can see this either at my normal digital theater which is 5 min away or take an hour drive for a 14 dollar IMAX version.....decisions decisions...
I can see this either at my normal digital theater which is 5 min away or take an hour drive for a 14 dollar IMAX version.....decisions decisions...
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7:46PM on 07/08/2012

God damn...

I can't wait for this!
I wish I could've gotten advanced IMAX tickets, but regardless...
And here. We. GO!
I can't wait for this!
I wish I could've gotten advanced IMAX tickets, but regardless...
And here. We. GO!
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8:37AM on 07/08/2012

In order for this to be the definitive BATMAN series......

.....it HAS to contain Robin at some point. I'm sure that TDKR will be just as good, if not better than TDK, and every other incarnation of BATMAN before it (except the animated series. There's no topping that shit) but ROBIN is too big a part of the mythos to just leave out. Nolan knows this. I guarantee there will be at least some small mention of a circus, or of the Flying Graysons. Watch.
.....it HAS to contain Robin at some point. I'm sure that TDKR will be just as good, if not better than TDK, and every other incarnation of BATMAN before it (except the animated series. There's no topping that shit) but ROBIN is too big a part of the mythos to just leave out. Nolan knows this. I guarantee there will be at least some small mention of a circus, or of the Flying Graysons. Watch.
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11:44AM on 07/08/2012
Robin is too big a part of the crummy Batman mythos, much like Manbat. Watch.
Robin is too big a part of the crummy Batman mythos, much like Manbat. Watch.
7:57AM on 07/08/2012

Regarding the so-called spoiler

It's not a spoiler. Nolan has said for years that Robin won't be in his movies. Bale has said for years that Robin won't be in this series of movies. No one should have expected JGL to be Robin. It's not a spoiler that he's not Robin. A bunch of over-excited speculating nerds on the internet hoping for Robin ending up wrong doesn't mean it's a spoiler.
It's not a spoiler. Nolan has said for years that Robin won't be in his movies. Bale has said for years that Robin won't be in this series of movies. No one should have expected JGL to be Robin. It's not a spoiler that he's not Robin. A bunch of over-excited speculating nerds on the internet hoping for Robin ending up wrong doesn't mean it's a spoiler.
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11:06AM on 07/07/2012

Got my ticket.

DId my research to find the closest REAL Imax (70mm film w/ proper aspect ratio). Have 2 center seats, 5th row on july 26th. Going to have to cover my ears, close my eyes, and yell "LALALALALALALALALA!!!" for a few days.
DId my research to find the closest REAL Imax (70mm film w/ proper aspect ratio). Have 2 center seats, 5th row on july 26th. Going to have to cover my ears, close my eyes, and yell "LALALALALALALALALA!!!" for a few days.
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9:23AM on 07/07/2012

TDKR is King

This will literally obliterate the box office. I'm pretty sure every theater opening weekend is already sold out! This will become the highest grossing movie of all time and it will be awhile before anything can take its spot. I'm calling it!
This will literally obliterate the box office. I'm pretty sure every theater opening weekend is already sold out! This will become the highest grossing movie of all time and it will be awhile before anything can take its spot. I'm calling it!
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8:08AM on 07/07/2012
I don't think I've ever been that excited for any movie. Not in the last 10 years.
I don't think I've ever been that excited for any movie. Not in the last 10 years.
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4:15AM on 07/07/2012

django is right

This film is shaping up to be incredible cant wait. and i thought avengers was overrated to DJANGO i rate john carter better.
This film is shaping up to be incredible cant wait. and i thought avengers was overrated to DJANGO i rate john carter better.
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5:12AM on 07/07/2012
What you just wrote doesn't make much sense, just sayin', not trying to be a jerk, but yeah, again, doesn't make much sense.
What you just wrote doesn't make much sense, just sayin', not trying to be a jerk, but yeah, again, doesn't make much sense.
7:09AM on 07/07/2012
john matrix i got to agree it doesnt make much sense after reading it back. All I meant was I cant wait for batman and i agree with DJANGO below about avengers which i rate below john carter. hope that makes a bit of sense
john matrix i got to agree it doesnt make much sense after reading it back. All I meant was I cant wait for batman and i agree with DJANGO below about avengers which i rate below john carter. hope that makes a bit of sense
4:15PM on 07/07/2012
oooh, hahaha, sorry, now I get it (sorta). I just didn't realize it was in reply to the previous post from DJANGO!! My bad!
oooh, hahaha, sorry, now I get it (sorta). I just didn't realize it was in reply to the previous post from DJANGO!! My bad!
10:21PM on 07/08/2012
I third the overratedness of Avengers. Awesome movie but probably not even top 5 in superhero movies in my book. A lot of action and funny one liners but lacking the emotion that movies like Dark Knight and X-Men: First Class deliver.
I third the overratedness of Avengers. Awesome movie but probably not even top 5 in superhero movies in my book. A lot of action and funny one liners but lacking the emotion that movies like Dark Knight and X-Men: First Class deliver.
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10:00PM on 07/06/2012

standin ovation

is it true that it got standing ovation after test screening also. Am sure this will b better than The Avengers which i think is over-rated,i liked it but it didnt live upto the praise,IMO
is it true that it got standing ovation after test screening also. Am sure this will b better than The Avengers which i think is over-rated,i liked it but it didnt live upto the praise,IMO
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5:15AM on 07/07/2012
A lot of movies get standing ovation you know. Piranha 3D (the first one. well, the remake) got a standing ovation at the press screening I attended
A lot of movies get standing ovation you know. Piranha 3D (the first one. well, the remake) got a standing ovation at the press screening I attended
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10:00PM on 07/06/2012

standin ovation

is it true that it got standing ovation after test screening also. Am sure this will b better than The Avengers which i think is over-rated,i liked it but it didnt live upto the praise,IMO
is it true that it got standing ovation after test screening also. Am sure this will b better than The Avengers which i think is over-rated,i liked it but it didnt live upto the praise,IMO
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9:56PM on 07/06/2012

Ohhhh Doctor!

I so can not wait for this film any longer. My excitement is really starting to hit me now. I have held it back for far to long. I'm so aroused right now. It's the pleats. The pleats in the pants from the pants store.
I so can not wait for this film any longer. My excitement is really starting to hit me now. I have held it back for far to long. I'm so aroused right now. It's the pleats. The pleats in the pants from the pants store.
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8:56PM on 07/06/2012
Hype train leaving the station in 3... 2... 1...
And I'm fully on board. goddamn it.
Hype train leaving the station in 3... 2... 1...
And I'm fully on board. goddamn it.
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8:00PM on 07/06/2012
Warner Bros and DC: "You donīt owe these people anymore, youīve given them everything"
Christoper Nolan: "Not everything... Not yet."
Warner Bros and DC: "You donīt owe these people anymore, youīve given them everything"
Christoper Nolan: "Not everything... Not yet."
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7:57PM on 07/06/2012
Warner Bros and DC: "You donīt owe these people anymore, youīve given them everything"
Christoper Nolan: "Not everything... Not yet."
Warner Bros and DC: "You donīt owe these people anymore, youīve given them everything"
Christoper Nolan: "Not everything... Not yet."
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7:50PM on 07/06/2012
Are we really supposed to be surprised? In Nolan We Trust.
Are we really supposed to be surprised? In Nolan We Trust.
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5:32PM on 07/06/2012
Hell yes! Nolan has broken the Part 3 curse! Can't wait to see this.
Hell yes! Nolan has broken the Part 3 curse! Can't wait to see this.
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5:27PM on 07/06/2012
Not that it doesnt always, but has to feel pretty good to be Christopher Nolan right now
Not that it doesnt always, but has to feel pretty good to be Christopher Nolan right now
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5:12PM on 07/06/2012
Okay, enough of Avengers (and Prometheus)! HEEERE COMES TDKR!!!
Okay, enough of Avengers (and Prometheus)! HEEERE COMES TDKR!!!
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5:00PM on 07/06/2012
Honestly, I expected nothing less from Nolan. Can't wait to see this on IMAX!
Honestly, I expected nothing less from Nolan. Can't wait to see this on IMAX!
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5:00PM on 07/06/2012
Alex Maidy from ADP? A former co-worker of mine writes for joblo?
Alex Maidy from ADP? A former co-worker of mine writes for joblo?
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4:59PM on 07/06/2012
Alex Maidy from ADP? A former co-worker of mine writes for joblo?
Alex Maidy from ADP? A former co-worker of mine writes for joblo?
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4:59PM on 07/06/2012
Not that it doesnt always, but has to feel pretty good to be Christopher Nolan right now
Not that it doesnt always, but has to feel pretty good to be Christopher Nolan right now
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