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    Mountain Dew Aids Dark Knight's Rise

    Partnership deal includes exclusive content, plus a limited-edition can and flavor.

    PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Mountain Dew has formed a partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' forthcoming summer blockbuster, "The Dark Knight Rises" with activations that aim to slake the thirst of Dew and "Dark Knight" fans alike.

    Under the deal, the soft drink brand will unveil exclusive online content and storylines from "The Dark Knight Rises" in advance of the film's July 20th premiere.

    "Mountain Dew is all about fueling passion, and that is what this partnership is based on," noted Brett O'Brien, vice president of marketing for Mountain Dew, a brand of PepsiCo. "You'd be hard-pressed to find more passionate fans than those of Dew and 'The Dark Knight' franchise. Our goal is to offer those fans unique experiences -- from package and product innovation, to exclusive content and access that only Dew and Batman together could provide."

    Additional elements of the 360-degree campaign will include the rollout of Mountain Dew Dark Berry, a limited-edition mixed-berry flavor inspired by Gotham City's hometown crimefighter, which will be available nationwide for eight weeks starting in mid-June. In addition, select 16-ounce cans of Dew will feature the bat symbol in thermochromic ink that transforms to the distinctive green color of the soft drink brand when chilled, available for a limited time from mid-June.

    On June 18, an online destination will launch that gives fans unprecedented access into the world of "The Dark Knight Rises," including exclusive sneak peeks of movie content and storylines; the ability to redeem points earned by entering product codes from 20-ounce and 2-liter bottles, 12- and 24-packs, and fountain cups for Dew or "The Dark Knight Rises" for gear or for sweepstakes entries for a shot at winning exclusive prizes; and the chance to vote to select which of four "Dark Knight" paint schemes will appear on Diet Mountain Dew driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 Chevrolet this season.

    In-store point-of-purchase displays in retailers nationwide, and robust cable, primetime TV, radio and digital advertising, will also launch in June.

    Directed by Christopher Nolan, "The Dark Knight Rises" stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Morgan Freeman. The film is based on Batman characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics.

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