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Trailer Watch: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Goes HD

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 18, 2011 at 12:02PM

The teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is taking the last word of its title literally. The only scene that stands above the rest in the teaser (posted below) rises up into a blindingly white sky, as stalks of skyscrapers crumble to the street below leaving an outline (can you imagine) of the shape of a menacing bat. It's the same image as the recent teaser poster.
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The teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is taking the last word of its title literally. The only scene that stands above the rest in the teaser (posted below) rises up into a blindingly white sky, as stalks of skyscrapers crumble to the street below leaving an outline (can you imagine) of the shape of a menacing bat. It's the same image as the recent teaser poster.

This shot of disturbing urban destruction doesn’t have much to compete with—some of the scenes in this trailer have been patched together from the previous two films, while the others involve Gary Oldman crumpled in a hospital bed, pleading for Batman's return. The teaser certainly teases, as the voice of Liam Neeson intones: "If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, then you become something else entirely, a legend."

Beginning with roiling blue plumes of fire behind the Warner Bros. logo, the color palette is dark, blue and stormy, and it's a safe bet that the same will be true of the movie. The Dark Knight Rises, the third and final film in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Legend, brings back throaty Christian Bale as Batman. Warners will release the film in summer 2012.


This article is related to: First Look, Franchises, Headliners, Studios, Video, Batman, Christian Bale, Warner Bros./New Line, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.