Filming wrapped on the epic seven month long shoot for The Dark Knight Rises very late last night in New York City and director Christopher Nolan has completed production on his final Batman movie. This sadly may also be the last time Christian Bale, Gary Oldman and the rest of Nolan’s impressive ensemble portray these iconic Batman characters which they have now all become so synonymous with.

Can we really imagine another Co missioner Gordon at this point than Oldman?

Shooting began on The Dark Knight Rises in India back in May and Nolan has travelled to a further two continents to tell his tale, filming the majority of The Dark Knight Rises in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, London and New York City.

From the leaked photo’s and videos we’ve seen come through on an almost daily basis, Chris Nolan is clearly wanting to go out with a bang on this final film and a production of such enormous scale has been hinted at. We already know over 1,000 extras worked on this movie, the majority for some mammoth sized scenes in NYC. But as much fun as it has been trying to unravel the mysteries of The Dark Knight Rises, the real fun begins now.

Now that filming is over, Warner Bros will soon be turning their attention to marketing the hell out of this film they have spent a fortune making. We already expect next month to see both a six minute opening prologue to the film and also a full length trailer. Strangely both are expected to be released December 16th, the prologue attached to IMAX only prints of Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol and the full length trailer with Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows.

I would also expect another teaser poster before the year is out and perhaps some more official stills. We’ve only had three so far…

And then it’ll be the New Year before you know it and then July won’t feel too far away at all. You’ve probably already thought this seven month shoot has flown by…. well by the time the New Year comes around you’ll only have seven months to wait until the film itself is released on July 20th, 2012.

Enjoy the anticipation and love every minute of it. The Batman film series may never get this good ever again.

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This article was first posted on November 14, 2011