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"The Dark Knight Rises" prologue to hit theaters

A poster for "The Dark Knight Rises." Warner Bros.

(CBS) Christopher Nolan is giving fans a sneak peak at his upcoming Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

A six-minute prologue of the film will be shown at select IMAX theaters before screenings on "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the prologue has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA, and was shot with the same kind of IMAX film that Nolan used for key action sequences in the movie.

The prologue reportedly consists of the first six minutes of "The Dark Knight Rises," and introduces Tom Hardy as the villain Bane.

"Giving the fans an early look at an IMAX sequence is a great way to draw attention to what I believe will be an incredible way to experience our story when it comes out next summer," Nolan said in a statement.

The clip will be shown at 42 IMAX theaters in the U.S. and Canada, beginning Dec. 16 (you can find the full list here). "The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters on July 20, 2012.

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