Wait for Dark Knight heating up

20:48, Jun 18 2012

A month before the highly anticipated final instalment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, hits the big screen a TV spot has been released.

Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman while Anne Hathway makes her debut as Selina Kyle, also know as Catwoman and Tom Hardy will star as the villainous Bane.

Gary Oldman also returns as Commissioner Gordon, Michael Caine is back as Alfred, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard also star in the film.

Cinemas around the country are bracing themselves for keen fans and have opened ticket sales from this week. As well as 12.01am sessions, some locations will be running with sessions back to back over opening day.

The Dark Knight is set to open in NZ theatres on July 19.