The Dark Knight Rises is not due out in theaters until July 2012, but the prologue has leaked. The first six minutes of the movie is now available for your viewing pleasure.

Needless to say, the scene is intense. MTV's review of the six-minute teaser included fans saying it will make your jaw drop. This should come as no surprise. The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most highly anticipated films for the summer box office season. It is the final installment for Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, featuring Tom Hardy as the villain Bane.

Nolan admitted that he got a bit teary-eyed when shooting the last scenes of the film. I tend not to be too emotional on the set, I find that doesn't help me do my job, the writer-director said to The Los Angeles Times. But you definitely get a little lump in your throat thinking that, 'OK, this is going to be the last time we're going to be doing this.' It's been quite a journey. Hopefully, reflecting that journey - by all of us who made the films - in the three films together will make it so they have a real span to them, some real heft.

The six-minute clip appears to have been recorded during a private screening. As part of a marketing campaign for The Dark Knight Rises, studios allowed some eager fans to view the first six minutes of the film Wednesday. The prologue was screened at IMAX theaters. The prologue has also been scheduled to play during the previews of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol at select 70mm IMAX locations, according to Film Drunk.

Another recent leak was an official teaser poster.

The Dark Knight Rises poster, entitled The Legend Ends, features a back shot of the villain Baine, portrayed by Tom Hardy. Batman's shattered mask is pictured in the foreground, as if the antagonist had just conquered the superhero.

Rain pours down in the scene, which is particularly striking with black, white and gray hues. The shadowy poster is an alluring view of what will be The Dark Knight Rises, starring Hardy, Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, leaving many to speculate about the fate of the characters.

Other cast members include Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard.

What do you think of the first six minutes? Leave your feedback in the comments section below.

UPDATE: The video has been taken down from hosting sites after requests from Warner Bros. reports The Gothamist.