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Dark Knight set to rise again?

This weekend will finally see the release of one of the most anticipated movies of 2012, perhaps even of the last few years. "The Dark Knight Rises" concludes the epic story of the revamped Batman franchise, started nearly a decade ago by writer-director Christopher Nolan. He and the cast were in London on Wednesday (July 18) for the film's European premiere, where even Britain's Prince Harry couldn't escape the Batman buzz. According to ticket tracker, 2003's "Batman Begins" grossed 372 million U.S. dollars in global box office sales, with 2008's "The Dark Knight" raking in more than one billion dollars, becoming the first comic book adaptation to do so. But this year's "Marvel's Avengers" has already made 1.5 billion dollars worldwide at only 11 weeks in the cinema, meaning it could have the potential for even higher earnings. So does Nolan feel the pressure of surpassing the Dark Knight and Avengers in sales? SOUNDBITE: Christopher Nolan, Director, saying: "I don't think you can really think about that kind of pressure. The pressure we feel is to give the audience a reason to come back to Gotham City. So we've set out to tell the conclusion to our story and we did the best job we know how." For Christian Bale, who wears the batsuit one last time in the film, he said the end is bittersweet. SOUNDBITE: Christian Bale, Plays Batman And Bruce Wayne, saying (English): "Chris said to me 'Never expect to make more than one at a time and we should make them independent.' So we got to do one, then two, then wow we got to do three." "The Dark Knight Rises" sees new arch-rivals introduced including the terrifying Bane, played by Tom Hardy and Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway. Nolan also brings over his cast members from "Inception," Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Returning are Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, and Michael Caine as Alfred. Audiences will have to wait until after the film's release date on Friday (July 20) to see if the "Dark Knight" can rise to the top of the box office charts again. Cindy Martin, Reuters

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