Operation Early Bird Continues <i>Dark Knight Rises</i> Viral Campaign

The legend of Dr. Leonid Pavel continues to grow. Earlier this week a few fictional documents were released explaining that the character played by Alon Abotabul in The Dark Knight Rises is a nuclear physicist looking for extradition to America with the help of an undisclosed militia.

But, as you might expect, that's not all. Yesterday Fire Rises, a Twitter account that's posted all kinds of Dark Knight Rises links in the past, sent out a simple message with the "firerises" hashtag and the supposed CIA file image to the right. As you can see, this continues the story of Pavel, stating that Operative FO439 will be leading the team to extradite the scientist. The document even goes so far as to name the mission Operation Early Bird.

An online search for "Operation Early Bird" uncovers operationearlybird.com, a website featuring a countdown clock ticking down to 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Keep your eyes peeled to see what happens there. This might be the first official wide-release footage from the film, if it turns out to feature video.

In the meantime, check out Comic Book Resources' report from the special screening of the opening sequence of The Dark Knight Rises, which will be shown in select IMAX theaters with Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol.

Opening July 20, director Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale as Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

UPDATE: As visitors to OperationEarlyBird.com may have discovered -- at least if heavy traffic hasn't brought down the website -- the clock ticked down to map showing locations in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom for special advance screenings on Tuesday of The Dark Knight Rises prologue. Fans must register through Gofobo.com for their passes.

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