A feature at Company Town | LA Times on rising tensions between Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers reveals that The Dark Knight Rises is expected to cost “at least” $250M:
“While Legendary was a 50/50 partner on 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and sold 16 million DVDs, the film financing and production company has for months been trying to secure a similar ownership stake in the sequel. The film, which like the last two Batman pictures will be directed by Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, is expected to cost at least $250 million to produce.”
For comparison purposes, “Batman Begins” (2005) had a reported budget of $150M and “The Dark Knight” (2008) had a reported budget of $185M.
The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to hit conventional and IMAX theaters on July 20, 2012.