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'Dark Knight Rises' midnight showings already sold out - for July

Screenshot from "The Dark Knight Rises" trailer.

Want to go to a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," which opens July 20? Well you should have thought of that sooner, as midnight screenings are already selling out.

The IMAX version of the film has already sold out its midnight screening at the AMC Loews Universal City cineplex, Deadline Hollywood reports. Same for the AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater in New York City. However, there are still IMAX tickets available at the Rave IMAX on L.A.'s Westside, but I'd get over there to get some, like, now.

Of course, there's still plenty of time to add more showings, but with a limited number of IMAX theaters, the chance to see the film in glorious IMAX is legitimately limited.

I admit experiencing a brief panic when I saw this and considering buying tickets now, then emailing friends and trying to lock them into a moviegoing experience six months from now, assuming we're still friends at that point. Then I decided to stop being crazy and decided I could wait.


New Batman film 'The Dark Knight Rises' begins social media viral campaign

The folks behind the last Batman film, "The Dark Knight," conducted an extensive viral marketing campaign to promote the movie. They're back at it in the hype leading to the final part of the trilogy being released next year, "The Dark Knight Rises."

Through backwards audio files and a secret Twitter account, clues led to this image of villain Bane, played by actor Tom Hardy:

The latest in the puzzle could be this grainy video footage of a breakout from Gotham City's home for the criminally insane, Arkham Asylum. Rumor is that they're fan-made videos and not official, but DC Comics' official Twitter account sent out the link, helping to fuel the possibility that they're legitimate.

In the most famous DC Comics storyline involving the villain Bane, Bane broke out all of the other supervillains from Arkham Asylum to wear Batman down before breaking his back and putting him in a wheelchair. (Since it's comics, this was, of course, temporary.) Whether that remains to be how things play out in the movie is yet to be seen, but you can get a peak at a potential future in these videos.