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Watch: Trailer For Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' Hints At A Dark & Epic Final Conclusion To The Batman Saga

by The Playlist
December 19, 2011 1:21 PM
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The Dark Knight Rises, The Legend Ends

Yes, you may have seen a cruddy version of Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" trailer a few days ago, the third and final film in his epic Batman trilogy, or the big-screen version in front of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," but if you struggled to hear and see what it all was about, behold the beautiful, high-definition version that is not only incredibly impressive, but looks wickedly ominous and striking. The wonderful thing that Nolan does with all his trailers is make the stakes of his films look incredibly high, as in do-or-die, and "The Dark Knight Rises" looks no different. This looks dark with deep and powerful consequences around every corner. It appears that some kind of army is rising and it's something that neither Batman nor Gotham has ever faced.

Scored, at least intially, to a haunting rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," the title might include 'rises,' but it looks like it's going to get very dark before then; as Anne Hathaway's Selena Kyle says, "There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne." We've got first looks at much of the cast, hints of the epic scope (this looks like the first comic book movie for the era of the 99%), and a big money shot of a football field being sunk to the ground (the one moment that seems a bit jarring, perhaps alongside the sci-fi-ish flying craft thought to be the Bat-Copter. But in Nolan we trust, right?)

We're sure it'll all be picked over and analyzed for months ahead, but this is a pretty damn enticing look at a movie that's anticipated by comic book geeks and film fans alike. Starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine, “The Dark Knight Rises” arrives in theaters on July 20, 2012. Watch below, or in HD over at Apple

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  • Connor | December 20, 2011 10:49 AMReply

    Can't wait. Bit dissapointing but In Nolan I Trust.

  • Oz | December 20, 2011 5:55 AMReply

    Relax everyone! the film isn't even edited yet, not to mention sound mixed and CGI'd. Bane's voice will be clear and growly, and the field collapsing won't look like simple After Effects.

  • nik | December 20, 2011 12:43 AMReply

    @Mike coz it's true?

  • nik | December 20, 2011 12:43 AM


  • Lincoln | December 19, 2011 10:37 PMReply

    I'm really hoping they fix Hardy's dialogue before release. It's not terrible, but I can see it being hard to understand him for an entire movie. Punch the volume up, just a little, maybe.

  • ASFan | December 19, 2011 7:42 PMReply

    At least the collapsing football field CGI looked more finished than any of the Green Lantern CGI in that first trailer, or in the movie for that matter.

    Chilling dialogue from Hathaway and Bane. They're really going darker than The Dark Knight for this one.

  • Kevin | December 19, 2011 7:02 PMReply

    2 things: That home invasion sequence looked fucking terrifying. That football field collapsing/exploding looked like unfinished CGI.

  • Nik Grape | December 19, 2011 5:35 PMReply

    Looks epic and Bane looks/sounds badass. Can't wait. Here's hoping it's better than the overrated TDK..

  • Max | December 19, 2011 11:48 PM

    "Here's hoping it's better than the overrated TDK.."

    I will never understand why people insist on saying garbage like that.

  • Glass | December 19, 2011 3:57 PMReply

    LOL at the football field blowing up and turning into a sinkhole. It's pretty insane how much they dialed into the OWS themes when they were pretty close to finishing shooting this when that movement was starting. I'm ever-excited for this movie, but man, they are not doing a stellar job with these trailers like they did with Dark Knight. Caush-opt.

  • SLS | December 19, 2011 2:29 PMReply

    Is it just me or is Bale using a cane at 1:37? If so that leads me to believe that the whole initial encounter with Bane beating him all to hell will be early on in the film. Hopefully what we're seeing is a lot of material from the earlier scenes.

  • cory | December 19, 2011 1:56 PMReply

    Love. This.

  • rotch | December 19, 2011 1:52 PMReply

    Damn, I wish that felt more like a Batman movie.
    I have a weird feeling this will suck.

  • DB | December 19, 2011 1:50 PMReply

    Hines Ward? Really?

    I hate how Gotham was obviously Chicago in the first movie and is now obviously Pittsburgh. Gotham seems like 3 different cities in all 3 movies, wish they would've made the city somewhat consistent throughout the series considering how important a role the city plays.

    Also, was that a caricature of Michael Caine?

    Other than those two nitpicks, looks good, impressive trailer.

  • bunty | December 19, 2011 1:38 PMReply

    WTF is this slow roll-out for? Everyone's posting links to the site on Twitter and FB, but only half the people who click on it can actually view the trailer. What a silly waste of time. I want to see it now!! YOU ARE TEARING ME APART, LISA.

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