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The Dark Knight Rises: Latest Batman Trailer Leaks

Submitted by on December 18, 2011 – 11:49 am13 Comments
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Forget the IMAX “prologue.” The new theatrical trailer for The Dark Knight Rises truly left me more excited for the film than ever. I caught it in the theater before Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, but now a few copies have leaked to the internet and (as of Saturday night), hadn’t been taken down yet. My jaw literally dropped as Christopher Nolan teased audiences with gritty and stunning visuals, and comic book action disguising ambitious storytelling. With the trailer, Nolan suddenly brings into focus a socially relevant storyline, suggesting that the true protagonists of the trilogy all along were Gotham City itself and its citizens.

(SPOILERS AHEAD)

While Tom Hardy‘s Bane has been getting most of the attention so far, Anne Hathaway‘s Selina Kyle gets more attention here. She is seen dancing with Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) at some luxurious party, and whispers in his ear that “a storm is coming.”

“You’re all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us,” she purrs.

And suddenly, ensuing scenes of public rioting, Bane’s talk of “liberation,” and the acknowledgement that Nolan considered using Occupy Wall Street demonstrators as extras, all begin to make some sense. Is Dark Knight Rises the consummation of the tale of Gotham tearing itself apart at the seams? Will Gothamites finally fight back against crime, inequality, and corruption, but with unintended consequences? Both previous films showed villains trying to tip Gotham over the edge, and push its citizens to unleash an inner ugliness that would destroy the city from the inside. Will battle finally occur, just as Batman himself fights for his own inner conviction?

Bonus awesome moments: The football player unaware of the destruction behind him; Anne Hathaway sitting at a mirror being just as unsettling as all the explosions; Bruce Wayne in what appears to be a prison designed by M.C. Escher. Why?

Bootlegging is bad, bad, bad, but the trailer is in theaters now, and it must get an official online release sometime soon.

Have you seen it? What did you think?

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