Here it is, the new Dark Knight Rises trailer. Please do check it out here and tell your friends about it. C’mon, you know you want to. My reactions are below the video.
What you saw
The trailer opens in Heinz Field where the Pittsburgh Steelers play and we see multiple shots as to how it was used, especially for the big wow factor when Bane (Tom Hardy) detonates the field from under a live football game. A boy is singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” while Alfred (Michael Caine) talks to Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) about failing to take care of him. Gotham City is in that transition period of when Batman was declared an outlaw (as we recall how The Dark Knight ended) and the political unrest in the city is mounting.
Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) is seen sharing a dance with Wayne where she whispers and warns him in his ear to “You think this going to last. There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches,” because he has lived so large and left so little for the rest of Gotham. Meanwhile, Bane is leading a revolution, a prison breakout, and an act of terrorism. Standing over Wayne, Bane tells him, “When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die.”
Then we see a quick montage of clips that include seeing Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), Gotham City Cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and we see the Tumbler, Tumbler-Tanks and the Bat-Wing/Bat-Plane. GCPD looks as it their moving in on some type of operative mission but are walking into a big trap. Some of them are repelling into a giant well that reminds one of the well Bruce fell down as a child in Batman Begins and eventually became the Bat Cave. The camera pans up skyscrapers and the image of the bat is seen in the open sky, mirroring the first official theatrical poster for The Dark Knight Rises.
You can also view The Dark Knight Rises Trailer #1 here:
What’s keen is to see how all of that leaked footage and raw footage that made its way to the internet the last six months, looks when it’s in its final edit. So my first reaction is that Hathaway looks as if she made to look like a Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween) drawing, down to the big shiny lipstick! She’s also wearing a mask while dancing with Bruce but it it just one of many for Catwoman, or is she at a Wayne-sponsored masquerade ball? In case you haven’t heard it, that isn’t Bane on auto-tuned, that is Bane speaking through his mouthpiece. It is a bit hard to make out clearly what he’s saying on first pass. I wonder if he’ll have subtitles when he talks. I’m a little mixed on the choice to garble Hardy’s voice. This is the first time we’ve seen either talk in character, unless of course you caught the Dark Knight Rises prologue this past week.
As the inmates chant, Wayne comes out of a cell that appears to be Arkham Asylum where a fellow inmate tells him that the chant means “rise.” I’m not sure if Wayne was admitted into the Asylum or if he’s undercover, but Arkham looks like something out of an M.C. Escher illustration. In other words, it’s cool.
The colors and palettes all look like trademark Christopher Nolan warm ambers and cold greens that he used in Inception. There are several shots that are shot wide, look at the screen shots we’ve included here. The picture is shot real wide and that should look magnificent on a massive IMAX screen, Nolan’s preferred method of viewing the film since much of the film have been shot on IMAX film. Share your thoughts below!