To Warner Bros. Entertainment & Shooting Stars LLC,
The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most, if not the most anticipated movie release for 2012. It has been decided by you, that the audience of the Middle East will be denied seeing the film until August 16, when Ramadan has ended. While many may wait to see the film after the Holy Month has finished, there are an equal proportion of Batman fans, if not more, who would hit the cinema for a July 20 release. We are those fans, and here is our argument.
Batman: The Dark Knight grossed USD 2.8 million in the UAE when it was released in 2008 and is one of the Middle East’s all-time top 10 grossing films. For fans who have been tremendously dedicated to this franchise from Batman Begins, it is ridiculous that we should have to wait an entire month for what could become one of the Middle East’s favourite movies of all time.
Going to the cinema is a collective experience and this is not limited to the people in the cinema with you. With any highly anticipated release, there is a global fervour and excitement that is truly a wonderful thing to be a part of. Citizens of the Middle East will be counting down just like the rest of the world and by the time it comes to D-Day in this part of the world, it will be yesterday’s news, the spoilers will be unavoidable and pirated versions of the movie will have popped up all over the internet.
We want to be a part of The Dark Knight Rises in real time. We want to be able to talk about it with our friends from all over the world. We want to join the conversation and the celebration assertively. This is the end of an era, let us celebrate it with the rest of the world.
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