Watch ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ premiere live on NME.COM tonight (July 18)

Christopher Nolan's epic is released into cinemas on Friday (July 20)

The Dark Knight Rises premieres in London tonight (July 18) and you can watch it live on NME.COM.

The premiere, which takes place at the Empire in Leicester Square, starts at 5.15pm (BST) and you can watch all the action in the video player at the bottom of the page.

The film’s stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and director Christopher Nolan are all due to attend the premiere and you can expect to see interviews with all of them.

The Dark Knight Rises has been lavished with praise in the first wave of reviews by film critics.

UK movie magazines Total Film and Empire both awarded The Dark Knight Rises top marks of five stars. The former called the eagerly-anticipated Batman sequel a “smart, stirring spectacle”, while the latter declared it “superhero filmmaking on an unprecedented scale”.

US industry bible The Hollywood Reporter was similarly positive, saying: “This last instalment of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish.” Variety was just as impressed, predicting that “global box office domination awaits”.

Meanwhile, entertainment portal IGN wrote that “Christopher Nolan and his team have delivered the grandest, most emotional and superheroic chapter in their Batman saga”.

Film website Indiewire delivered a more cautious “B” rating, but decided that the film “remains viscerally satisfying even when the story falters”.

The positive reviews from film critics chimes with delighted early reactions from movie bloggers. Last week it was reported that The Dark Knight Rises had received a standing ovation at a preview screening.