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On Thursday, a mysterious website called Operation Early Bird popped up online with a countdown. The info was posted courtesy of @TheFireRises, a Twitter account linked to 'The Dark Knight Rises.' It's all part of the viral marketing campaign of the next 'Batman' sequel and earlier Friday, at 1 p.m. EDT, the countdown on the Early Bird website ended. So, what did it reveal?

A giant map that gives fans early screening information about the six-minute prologue that's scheduled to play in front of 'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol.' However, there's a catch: In order to get the tickets, you will have to enter coordinates currently being played over on TheDarkKnightRises.com. After that, you will be able to book tickets to see the prologue on Dec. 13, three days before 'Mission: Impossible' hits IMAX theaters.

Just a heads up, the Operation Early Bird site is currently down, likely due to the enormous amount of traffic heading there now. So if you want your prologue tickets, you may have to have to be patient.

The full 'Dark Knight Rises' will hit theaters on July 20, 2012.

[via CinemaBlend and ComingSoon]

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