OGDEN -- Some movie openings are events. "The Dark Knight Rises," the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, is one of them.
Reserved seating for the film premiering at 11:59 p.m. July 19 at Top of Utah movie theaters is now available online and at area theater locations.
Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at all Megaplex Theatre locations, said Jeff Whipple, advertising, marketing and public relations director with Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres.
With huge blockbuster films, the theater sells reserved seating well in advance of their openings, Whipple said. But with six weeks to go before the latest Batman movie hits the screen, he said, this is probably about as far in advance as the theater will go in selling tickets.
"This is one of those highly anticipated films," Whipple said of "The Dark Knight" series that he places in the same popularity level as the Twilight and Harry Potter series.
It is because of the anticipated popularity of the film that Cinemark Theaters in Ogden, Layton and Farmington are also selling reserved seating for the film, said a Cinemark Theaters representative.
"The Dark Knight Rises" is the follow-up to the 2008 "The Dark Knight," starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger.
Whipple said that particular Batman film became the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time, putting it behind only "Avatar," "Titanic" and the recently released "The Avengers."
Special local premiere parties will be held at Ogden Cinemark and the Megaplex theaters in both Ogden and Centerville before the late-night July 19 screenings.
This particular summer movie season has already generated the blockbuster "The Avengers," with a Spider-Man film set for release around July 4, Whipple said.
"This summer is the summer of superhero movies," he said.
"It will be exciting to see which superhero franchise finishes on top," said Blake Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of Megaplex Theatres.