Riding high on a wave of critical and public acclaim, Warner Bros. is seemingly going all out to grab some gold for The Dark Knight. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is planning to re-release the comic-book epic in IMAX cinemas in January, the height of Academy Awards voting season.

The move will fuel speculation that the studio hopes to win a posthumous gong for Heath Ledger, as well as attempting to grab all the other big prizes. Warners domestic distribution president Dan Fellman has acknowledged that there are plans afoot to reach a deal with IMAX executives but it’s uncertain if The Dark Knight also will reappear in regular cinemas at the same time.

Despite the mooted cinematic resurgence, the DVD and Blu-ray releases are still due to hit stores in December.