'The Dark Knight Rises' trailer is here, gritty(Read article summary)
Batman returning: Bane (Tom Hardy) unleashes an unprecedented reign of terror against Gotham City in the first full-length trailer for director Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises.'
Warner Bros. has provided several movie bloggers and entertainment journalists with an exclusive first look at theÂ Dark Knight RisesÂ prologueÂ in all its IMAX glory; as you might imagine, early reactions to the footage have been overwhelmingly positive, with the exception of one (minor) complaint: Tom Hardy as Bane is somewhat difficult to understand when he speaks, due to the muffling effect ofÂ his life-preserving mask.
Sadly, you may still struggle to understand the muscular villain all too well in the newly-released full-length trailer forÂ The Dark Knight RisesÂ - though, the rest of the second theatrical promo is so impressively ominous and (for lack of a better word) epic in tone that you probably wonât care.
Reactions to the originalÂ Dark Knight RisesÂ teaser trailerÂ were decidedly mixed; not only because there was very little actual footage from the film on display (shootingÂ hadÂ just barely commenced, at the time of its release) but also because it felt like a clumsily-structured âannouncementâ promo, more than an actual theatrical preview. If nothing else, the new trailer for director Christopher NolanâsÂ BatmanÂ trilogy concluder should not attract similar criticisms.
No point in delaying any further â check out the official new trailer forÂ The Dark Knight RisesÂ below:
Among the highlights of this newÂ Dark Knight RisesÂ trailer are:
- Some simple exposition suggesting that Gotham City is (at the filmâs beginning) âpeaceful,â eight years after The Jokerâs reign of terror inÂ The Dark Knight.
- An early look at how Anne Hathawayâs Selina Kyle serves as a femme fatale to Christian Baleâs Bruce Wayne (albeit, without her Catwoman suit) and hints about her possibly being connected to Bane. (?)
- The appearance of new technology like theÂ Batwing and Baneâs mystery deviceÂ in (awe-inspiring) action.
- Brief glances at the filmâs various new side players, like cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard).
- Foreboding imagery of Bruce Wayne as he walks around with a cane â not to mention, lies bruised and battered beneath a triumphant Bane.
- Allusions to Baneâs prison background andÂ his intention to âbreakâ Batman, in all meanings of the term.
Overall, this newÂ Dark Knight RisesÂ promo not only marks an improvement on its predecessor; it also does an excellent job of teasing the filmâs apocalyptic atmosphere, grand-scale set pieces, and thematic elements (ex. charactersâ use of masks looks to become all the more prominent a motif, this time around).
In addition, this new footage also makes the threequel look like a stylistic marriage ofBatman Beginsâ gritty, yet still recognizably comic book-rooted design and the more straight-forward ârealisticâ aesthetic ofÂ The Dark Knight. Thatâs all the more appropriate, seeing howÂ Dark Knight RisesÂ aims to bring Nolanâs Caped Crusader trilogy full-circle â as should be reflected in both the filmâs visual structure and narrative layout.
The Dark Knight RisesÂ starsÂ Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata and Nestor Carbonell.
It willÂ open in regular and IMAX theaters around the U.S. on July 20th, 2012.