'The Dark Knight Rises' rating, running time confirmed

The BBFC awards the 'Batman' sequel a 12A rating for 'moderate violence'

'The Dark Knight Rises' rating, running time confirmed

The Dark Knight Rises has received a 12A rating from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

The Batman sequel received the rating because it "contains moderate violence", the BBFC website confirmed. Both previous Batman films from director Christopher Nolan, 2005's Batman Begins and 2008's The Dark Knight, were also awarded 12A ratings.

The BBFC also confirmed that The Dark Knight Rises will be the longest of Nolan's three Batman films. It clocks in at 164 minutes – 12 minutes longer than The Dark Knight and 24 minutes longer than Batman Begins.

The Dark Knight Rises, once again starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, is intended to be the final instalment in Nolan's Batman trilogy. The sequel takes place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight and introduces the character of Selina Kyle – aka Catwoman – played by Anne Hathaway.

Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman have reprised their roles from previous instalments, while the film also features appearances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Liam Neeson, Juno Temple and Marion Cotillard.

The Dark Knight Rises opens in the UK and US on July 20. Watch the latest trailer for the film below.

Video: The Dark Knight Rises - Trailer 3

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