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Trailer Watch: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Goes HD

by Maggie Lange
July 18, 2011 12:02 PM
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Thompson on Hollywood

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.


  • sp | July 19, 2011 6:56 AMReply

    Damn, you can't please everybody.

  • Jake | July 19, 2011 6:30 AMReply

    I agree Nino. Another thing: It's medically insane for the studio to call this a conclusion to the Dark Knight Legend. If the film makes $1 billion wwide, they'll only want to make more. The comic books spans millions of issues. Also, WB has yet to even try to adapt the legendary "The Dark Knight Returns" from Frank Miller...they've always been inspired by the comic-book in their films, but never had the guts to make it for fear that it will repulse audiences.

  • Nino | July 19, 2011 6:23 AMReply

    I really think this is a horrible teaser trailer. It's funny -- sometimes, Warner Bros. REALLY gets it right in their marketing, i.e. the line of posters for Potter 8, Due Date--even something like Suckerpunch was amazing. But this is sooo lazy. I get it that they want to keep a secret, but then half the trailer is old footage, and then when we finally see Gordon-Levitt: HE LOOKS LIKE COBRA COMMANDER. I know -- blame the costume designer.

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