'Dark Knight' trilogy returns to IMAX screens in honor of Batman's 80th anniversary

Fans looking for a cinematic celebration of the 80th anniversary of Batman's first appearance in comics will get a chance to revisit director Christopher Nolan's seminal big-screen trilogy when it actually returns to a really, really big screen.

Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy—Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)—is coming to IMAX theaters for one marathon screening in just five cities in the U.S. Canada. 

The director will appear at the first screening, set for Saturday, March 30, at Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood, for a moderated talk about the movies, which star Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

"Christopher Nolan broke new ground with the 'Dark Knight' Trilogy, and this is a rare chance for today’s audiences to experience these extraordinary films as they were meant to be seen," Warner Bros. Pictures' Jeff Goldstein said. "To have the added privilege of hearing Chris's insights firsthand makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

The films, in IMAX 70-millimeter format, will screen at AMC Lincoln Square in New York City and AMC Metreon in San Francisco on Saturday, April 13, and Cinesphere Ontario Place in Toronto and IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 20. Video of Nolan's Q&A will be replayed at those screenings.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 13, at 12 p.m. EDT.

Batman first appeared in Detective Comics No. 27 in 1939. Bob Kane and Bill Finger are credited with creating the character.