Dark Knight early rises: Batman fans sell out IMAX Cineworld Sheffield screening at 5am

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HOLY alarm clocks! Hundreds of batty Batman fans had an early rise to be amongst the first to see The Dark Knight Rises - with a Cineworld Sheffield sold out screening at 5am.

And many made it a knight to remember dressed as Batman characters, including the Caped Crusader, Robin, The Joker, Riddler, Poison Ivy, Harlequin and others.

Holly bat suit: World Of Superheroes boss Steve Eye with the �1,500 Dark Knight Rises replica Batman outfit.

Holly bat suit: World Of Superheroes boss Steve Eye with the �1,500 Dark Knight Rises replica Batman outfit.

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World Of Superheroes comic business boss Steve Eyre stole the show - with this £1,500 replica, pictured right, of the Batman suit worn by action hero Christian Bale in the film.

A mystery pal donned the outfit as Steve invited other Batman fans to pose for photos alongside in the cinema foyer.

Early rises: Batman fans turned up in costume to watch the 5am first screening of The Dark Knight Rises at Cineworld Sheffield.

Early rises: Batman fans turned up in costume to watch the 5am first screening of The Dark Knight Rises at Cineworld Sheffield.

Now Steve, of Sheffield, is offering to use it to help local charities with fund-raising appearance requests via his web site at www.worldofsuperheroes.com.

He said: “We do charity work. If we can help we will.

“But we’re not saying who is our man behind the mask. Like in the film his identity is a secret, to protect his nearest and dearest.”

Tim Smithies, aged 45, and Jake, 17, sat through the two previous films and the latest blockbuster in an all-night epic at Cineworld Sheffield.

Jake said: “We’re huge fans of Batman so we had to do this. The ending in the new film topped them all.”

Cineworld worker Andrew Kennedy, 25, took the night off to watch the latest film dressed as the Joker with girlfriend Eleanor Jackson, 25, as Harlequin. She said: “It’s been fantastic. Great fun.”

Becky Perren, aged 30, of Crookes, turned up as Poison Ivy, with brother Andrew, 26, also as the Joker. She said: “I’m really glad we got out of bed and made the effort. The new film is brilliant.”

Dressed as the dynamic duo were pals Chris Knapp, 32, from Walkley, as Batman, and James Hamilton, 28, of Derbyshire, as Robin.

Chris said: “We decided to have a laugh. It was great to see lots of other people turning up in costume as well.”

Andy Meakin, of Cineworld Sheffield, said: “We had almost 500 at 5am. Screenings for this are are selling out fast.”

For screening details and tickets, to see The Dark Knight Rises and other films at Cineworld Sheffield, visit www.cineworld.co.uk.

HERE’S WHAT OTHER FANS THOUGHT OF THE DARK KNIGHT RISES:

Ben Halliwell, 25, of Sheffield: “It was absolutely amazing. The best one of the series. I’m a massive fan of Batman and I’m gob-smacked. It was better than the Avengers or Spider-man. I want to see it again.”

Holly Eyre, 20, of Sheffield: “Oh wow. I absolutely loved it. Christian Bale has been a great Batman, even if the voice was a little over done. But that was his take on it. A great series of films. Amazing.”

Tim Smithies, 45, of Sheffield: “We did an all-nighter - we sat through both previous films which were shown before the latest, which was epic, a fitting end to the trilogy. I’ve been a Batman fan since I was a kid.”

Tom Waller, 26, of Sheffield: “You’ve got to go see it. It was brilliant. It really was worth getting up for in the middle of the night to see it. I wouldn’t have missed this for anything. A great film - don’t miss it.”

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