Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'The Dark Knight Rises' Officially Hits

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 18, 2011 4:12 AM
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So interwebs, was it worth the wait? After days of speculation about when it would arrive with trailer descriptions being posted and the spot being leaked to the web early, "The Dark Knight Rises" teaser trailer has finally, officially arrived and it's somewhat underwhelming despite the great premise which casts Bruce Wayne as a reluctant hero, not eager to put on the mask again.

Nearly half of the trailer is made of footage from "Batman Begins" (Bruce Wayne walking up to Ra's village along with a voiceover from that film) and "The Dark Knight" (Jim Gordon smashing the bat signal; a shot of the Batcycle), and is punctuated by some boilerplate text, while the other half features Gary Oldman lying in a hospital bed pleading for Batman's return. And it closes with Batman squaring off against a massive Bane and that's about it. Compared to the teasers for the preceding films, this one is distinctly less memorable -- "The Dark Knight" teaser that was nothing but dialogue is still more thrilling than this one. But these are the days when stills are released before filming begins (please see "The Hunger Games") and campaigns must be started early, but it seems the rush to cobble something together has taken the inspiration about of it.

"The Dark Knight Rises" hits on July 20, 2012. Check out the teaser trailer over at Facebook in HD or below (embed courtesy of RopeOfSilicon). Oh yeah, there's a brand new poster too.

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  • Piotr | July 10, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    Sometimes I like to go back in time with the help of my 'Search' bar and look at posts like this where people were losing their minds over teasers, like, "O-M-G this new Batman movie is going to be off the hook!" And then I realize I'm in the future and I actually saw the thing and it has been months since it came out and I've thought about it zero times since I saw it. It made literally zero impact on my life. "But sometimes you just want to be entertained," say people. Sure, whatever. Sometimes you just want to eat popcorn while Hollywood casually strokes your cock shaft and gives you a gentle and unassuming orgasm. I get it. This movie did not deliver that, though. So, people from the past, be warned. This one is going to disappoint you hardcore. There is only one Heath. Christian can only do so much. The story is all over the place. A little kid grows up in a pit and then doesn't (spoiler). Cat Woman drives a bike. It's like, "What?" Who wrote this damn thing? The internet?

  • misanthrope | July 19, 2011 5:06 AMReply


    no one is bitching? Have you not been paying attention to this thread and the millions of others out there?

    You also bring up the Social Network and John Carter trailers; yet, didn't have a point. What do those trailers have to do with this one? You mention the John Carter didn't give away plot, and the Social Network gave away, so what's your point? The only thing I can think is that you're trying to say this "showed something" (unlike Social Network) and "gave away plot" unlike the other. Is "showing something" in a teaser bad? I can't argue with you that this trailer showed something, but it certainly didn't give away ANY plot points....

    The reason I call it bitching is because it's just that. The music choice was weird because you decided that long ago. Complaining about the blurry image of Bane? You see him completely in focus about 4 seconds later. The monologue was weird? Did you not watch the last film or do you just not remember how it ended?

    My point isn't to say that I'm somehow in love with the trailer. I just don't see the point in dissecting a 2 minute teaser when, at the very least, Nolan gets the benefit of the doubt with this franchise.


    I work at're actually not that far off.

  • rotch | July 19, 2011 2:24 AMReply


    Well, I don't know about millions of threads out there, but this one just expressed their dislike with this particular teaser trailer, stating that the full trailer will probably be great.

    I brought the John Carter and Social Network teasers up because they succeed at something this one just fails: properly tease.

    And I don't think anyone is discrediting Nolan. Of course he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

    I think Kevin describes the general feeling for this teaser perfectly on his post: "“The Dark Knight” teaser that was nothing but dialogue is still more thrilling than this one."

    Why are you taking comments so personally? Do you work in the WB marketing department and get shit when nerds like us don't like some movie advertising and express so in blog comment threads?

  • Faggotbot23 | July 19, 2011 1:27 AMReply

    Cocknockers. Here's the thing, cause of dorks like you, WB is forced to release SOMETHING. Especially since it's your nerd Xmas, Comic-Con, but they just started shooting and don't wanna give away the goods, hence the tease. Film doesn't come out for a year, get over your entitled selves.

  • rotch | July 18, 2011 11:37 AMReply

    I'm tired about people bitching about people bitching over a teaser trailer.

    No one's bitching. There are good teaser trailers that do not give away plot (the recent John Carter), good teaser trailers that don't show anything (the first Social Network teaser), we're just saying if we like it or not.

    This one is really underwhelming even for TEASER TRAILERS. Odd music choice, weird monologue, and a poor, blurry editing filter to show that first image of Bane, which is also kind of lame.

  • misanthrope | July 18, 2011 10:36 AMReply

    can't say that I'm surprised to see people whining and bitching over a TEASER TRAILER. Jesus Christ.

  • carrie | July 18, 2011 9:14 AMReply

    i like the part with Gordon(it's moving) , after,its a few disappointed but it's only a teaser

  • denise | July 18, 2011 9:03 AMReply

    uhhh, what's so enticing about this trailer? This was totally just eh.

  • K West | July 18, 2011 8:17 AMReply

    Trailers awesome. It's a Bane trailer. You see him as a young boy crawling out of a hole. Then you see him as a teenager or a young man in prison doing pushups. Then you finally see him as Bane. Not that convulted. A clear through line. As Wayne and Gordon talk about Evil rising they cut to Bane transforming himself into that Evil. Bane going on a similar journey that Wayne did in Batman Begins.

  • rodie | July 18, 2011 6:30 AMReply

    Wow, Kevin, you're pretty harsh on this, no? I like it better than the TDK teaser. It does have an epic feel to it showing a few shots from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

    Did you other posters not seriously think the final film of the trilogy would feature old footage in this first teaser? TDK's teaser didn't even give us a glimpse of the Joker. It's nice we get three quick shots of Bane (the well, the face close-up and the Batman fighter). Seeing Gordon in the hospital bed having difficulty breathing is heartbreaking and raises so many questions. What an intriguing gut-punch scene to show in a teaser.

    This is MORE than we deserve to see at this point, and I think it is great.

  • Doug | July 18, 2011 6:09 AMReply

    Sorry to point it out, but take away Heath Ledger and these batmans have been a snooze fest.

  • BuntyHoven | July 18, 2011 5:55 AMReply

    What some of you have to consider is that, outside of the internet, a lot of folks don't actually know that there is a Batman sequel coming out next summer. This trailer is more an announcement than a tease - it's grabbing the audience who are there for Harry Potter and just telling them that there's a new Batman film coming out. They could have just included the name of the film and the date and it would have done the job.

    Quit bitching.

  • Alex | July 18, 2011 5:52 AMReply

    The shot of Bane advancing on Batman had me on the edge of my seat in the theater. Also, just noticed this as well, it looks like there is someone in the background of that shot pointing a gun at Batman.

  • Kate | July 18, 2011 5:50 AMReply

    They played this trailer before the showing of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2. I was pretty surprised to see it out this's pretty lacking but I still can't wait to see it.

  • Edward Davis | July 18, 2011 5:37 AMReply

    What the movie is about:

    Well, certainly since we hear the voice of Ra's Al Ghul off the top we can assume that it has NOTHING to do with the picture and he or his minions haven't returned to wreck havoc on Gotham and fulfil their goal of destroying this modern day Rome (set up in filme one) and tying the 3 films together nicely. Certainly not that.

    Also, since Gordon begs on what appears to be his near deathbed, "oh batman must return to save us" and then batman says, "what if we doesn't exist anymore?" we can presume that Batman HASN'T been gone for what could be a long period of time (several years?), but some great evil (Ra's peeps? Bane?) has forced his hand against his own wishes.

    We can deduce its NOT about Batman facing his own personal demons -- he's partly (or fully) responsible for Rachel Dawes and Harvey Dent's death -- and deciding he must put everything aside to save the city and become Batman once again.

    Yeah, you're right Planet, it's a *terrible* teaser trailer that reveals zero plot and will stump even non Batman dorks.

  • Planet | July 18, 2011 5:23 AMReply

    If that's the best teaser you can make, then don't tease.

    Any word on the plot by the way? I'd like to know what this movie is actually about...

  • cirkusfolk | July 18, 2011 5:10 AMReply

    I think it's an ok teaser, especially how it builds to the final scene of Bane going after Batman. I especially like the dialouge chosen for it:

    Jim Gordon: We were in this together, and then you were gone. And now this evil rises. Batman must come back.

    Bruce Wayne: What if he doesn't exist anymore?

    Jim Gordon: He must... he must...

  • Tony | July 18, 2011 4:59 AMReply

    I mean seriously -- what is Warner Bros. nuts??? This is horrible! Half of the trailer consists of clips from other Batman films! Why don't they put a shot of Danny Devito in it for Christ's sake! Also -- they show one fleeting image of Joseph Gordon Levitt and HE LOOKS LIKE COBRA COMMANDER. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

  • Trent. | July 18, 2011 4:54 AMReply

    That looks so great. That scene with Batman with Bane seeming to come towards him is classic.

  • Mr Anonymous | July 18, 2011 4:49 AMReply

    Very underwhelming to say the least. In fact i'd go so far as to say it was boring. I'm sure the trailer proper will be immense.

  • rotch | July 18, 2011 4:41 AMReply

    Well, that was underwhelming, to say the least.

  • Glass | July 18, 2011 4:28 AMReply

    Pretty convoluted for a teaser trailer. I like the idea of chaos truly hitting Gotham, but the trailer fights my expectations I'm sure it'll be a satisfying watch.

  • Cory Everett | July 18, 2011 4:25 AMReply

    Facebook embed doesn't quite do it justice but I literally got goosebumps in the theatre watching this. Cannot wait.

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