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Scalpers Hope You'll Pay $150 For 'The Dark Knight Rises,' Does This New TV Spot Make The Case?

by Edward Davis
June 15, 2012 5:43 PM
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Dark Knight Rises, Scalpers

Ah, vermin-like opportunists. They're everywhere, and perhaps Bane, Selina Kyle and The League Of Shadows would appreciate the idea of scalpers feeding off the weak, the desperate, the impetuous, and the hopeless. Tickets for "The Dark Knight Rises" went on sale earlier this week, and of course, the first midnight screenings sold out immediately. But if you must, must, must see the very first public screenings of the film in IMAX on midnight July 19th, leading into July 20th, the date of release, evidently scalpers are selling them on eBay and Craigslist for an 80% mark-up, landing the price on average around $150.

Frankly, if you have that much disposable cash and you're that desperate to see the movie FIRST, I wish you would have told this writer a few weeks ago. I would have bought out as much as my credit card could afford. I mean, this is just horrible. Meanwhile, a new TV spot has arrived with glimpses of new footage, echoing some of the recent themes in the film: "Get me back in the game," Bruce Wayne wanting to leave retirement and put on the bat suit, "it'll liven up in a minute, trust me," Selina Kyle hinting at the calm before the storm that's about to hit Gotham, and much, much more.

Starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman and more, "The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters July 20th. New TV Spot below. [ScreenCrush/BatmanNews]

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  • Batman Fan | June 16, 2012 3:16 PMReply

    Wow. I'm shocked that a site such as this would link to a despicable site like "Batman-News." The proprietor of this site regularly runs spoilers and will post illicit and illegally-leaked pictures, music, and information. He's a scumbag, plain and simple.

  • Oogle monster | June 15, 2012 9:28 PMReply

    They are really keeping Cotillard hidden, huh?

  • AS | June 15, 2012 9:04 PMReply

    I'll never understand the draw of the midnight showing. By the time the movie gets out it will be 3:00 a.m. I'd be pretty tired by then and who wants to start dozing off during The Dark Knight Rises??? No thank you, I purchased my IMAX tickets for the 12:45 showing on Friday.

  • Free | June 17, 2012 8:05 PM

    So far, I've been to 4 midnight screenings, and I can tell you exactly why you go: the energy. If there's a great buzz in the crowd, it's so wonderful to be apart of that, experiencing the same thing with everyone. I would add that based on the four films I saw -- The Dark Knight, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2, The Avengers and Prometheus -- comic book films are the best bet. The crowd is the most amped up. They laugh at the right times and really respond in a way that makes you think, "This was fun." It's a young person's game, though, so if you consider yourself too old to appreciate it, you just might be.

  • Huffy | June 16, 2012 12:00 PM

    I've only been to two: There Will be Blood and Enter the Void. The former was an incredible experience and the later just made me pissed that I went there instead of a bar. But driving home at 3 AM and trying to absorb TWBB was really special and I honestly don't think I'd have the same experience if I had seen in during the day, which is when I usually see films to avoid crowds. So it depends. For fanboyish things like this I imagine that there are real comradery that would elevate the experience. Personally I'm not into Batman enough to go through it but I can understand why people do.

  • Nolan | June 15, 2012 8:07 PMReply

    I stood in line for like, 1 1/2 to 2 days back when the PS3 came out. I somehow managed to resell mine before people realized that they weren't all that hard to get--ended up getting $2500. I didn't feel bad for the guy who bought it--he was driving an $80k car and obviously just had a kid who desperately wanted it.

    But movie tickets? Come on, dudes.

  • triguous | June 15, 2012 7:14 PMReply

    I'd be willing to pay $150 to have The Dark Knight Rises on blu-ray right now.

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