Hoping to keep The Dark Knight fresh in the minds of Oscar voters, Warner Bros. plans to rerelease the blockbuster in January, the height of the Academy Awards voting season.
It looks as if the movie will hit IMAX screens, but it’s uncertain whether it will appear in conventional theaters.
While the rerelease could serve as a reminder to Academy members — Heath Ledger’s performance, in particular, has been deemed Oscar-worthy — it also would push The Dark Knight closer to Titanic‘s record $600 million domestic haul. To date, the Batman sequel has earned $512 million domestically and $440 million internationally.
But, as The Hollywood Reporter points out, the odds of passing Titanic are slim: The Dark Knight comes out in DVD in December, which is sure to curb interest in the rerelease.