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Last night, the third “Dark Knight Rises” trailer hit the web after a massive viral marketing campaign was unleashed earlier in the day. Warner Bros. asked fans to collect graffiti tags scattered across the world to reveal frames from the new trailer. What probably should have taken days was finished last night, and the unlocked trailer left us stunned.
We don’t see Batman until nearly the 1:30 mark, and it doesn’t even feel strange. It’s an exciting rush of adrenaline to the bloodstream.
So much gets revealed regarding characters and plot points in the nearly 2:30 minute trailer. Pair this with info learned from yesterday’s viral campaign and its a doozy to process. Thankfully, we’ve broken it down for your viewing pleasure.
We knew the summer blockbuster was going to be epic, but is it possible that the film may be better than its predecessor, “The Dark Knight”? We hope so.
One thing’s for sure. There’s a storm coming and we’re looking forward to it.
Haven’t seen the trailer yet? Watch it here.
Back in November, an image of Bane holding a photo of Harvey Dent surfaced online, dispelling any thoughts that the villainous Two-Face may have survived his fall at the end of the last film.
As recently as late last year, some fans were still suggesting Harvey Dent's Two-Face may still be alive. We get it, we thought he may have survived the fall, too. (After all, his coin did land heads up, and, we all know, the bad guy never really dies. Look at Ra's al Ghul.)
Either way, the viral campaign put all rumours to rest yesterday with an announcement of 'Harvey Dent Day,' a day to celebrate Gotham's fallen hero.
According to documents released on thedarkknightrises.com yesterday, Batman's wanted for first degree murder of Dent, kidnapping the Gordon family, resisting arrest, aggravated assault of a peace office (15 counts) and criminal possession of a weapon. (Does the batarang count as a weapon? Perhaps, the grappling hook. On second thought, it's probably the guns in the now non-existant batpod.)
Got all of that? Good. Onto the trailer!
A lot of Gotham will be blown to bits in 'The Dark Knight Rises.'
It's no surprise we see two bridges begin to collapse simultaneously.
In December, a few people received bits of viral marketing with Bane's elaborate five-strike zone plan of attack on Gotham. One of the targets on his list? You got it--bridges.
If you have eagle eyes, you spotted our favourite unaging 'Lost' character, Nestor Carbonell, who plays Mayor Anthony Garcia in Nolan's trilogy.
It's always tough to gage Catwoman's role because she often plays Batman's (sort-of) girlfriend.
We still wouldn't suggest she's walking a straight and narrow path; however, we have to wonder, what has Bane done to her that has her so frightened?
After the reveal of Nolan's second trailer for 'The Dark Knight,' A LOT of fans complained they couldn't understand a word Bane uttered.
Initially, Nolan claimed he wasn't going to retouch Bane's unintelligible banter. From the looks (and sounds) of this third trailer, it looks like he's had a change of heart. Not only does the main villain sound clearer; however, the Caped Crusader himself sounds more like the Batman from the first film.
Could you have imagined a film where not one, but two of the leads voices were garbled? (YouTube would have had a field day with that.)
In case you still missed what Bane uttered at the beginning of the trailer, he says, 'I'm Gotham's reckoning.'
We've seen this prior, but it's still rather troublesome to see Alfred (Michael Cane) dragged against his will from Wayne manor. We fear to think of what will happen to Bruce's butler once he's in their clutches.
We don't care what Nolan says. There's no way Cotillard is not playing Talia Al Ghul. No sooner than the actress joined the 'Dark Knight Rises' cast, did rumours swirl she would play the daughter of Ra's Al Ghul from Nolan's 'Batman Begins.' The resemblance is near uncanny.
Nolan naturally flat out denied Cotillard's role as anything but minor. She was revealed as Miranda Tate, a character not even known to the DC universe or Batman storyline described as, 'a Wayne Industries board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father's philanthropic endeavours for Gotham.' No one bought that.
The previous shot showing Tate getting romantically intimate with Wayne suggests she's much more than a nobody considering Batman's only real love interests were Selina Kyle (Catwoman) and Talia al Ghul.
If you remember, Nolan originally attempted denying any news of Liam Neeson playing Batman's nemesis. Rather, Neeson was to play the role of Henri Ducard. He went so far to throw fans off track, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter reported actor Ken Watanabe as Ra's Al Ghul. Of course, it was later revealed Ducard was none other than the unaging assassin.
Therefore, it wouldn't be unreasonable to imagine the unknown Tate turning out to be a different character. Now, with word Neeson is returning in 'The Dark Knight Rises,' it's seeming more likely that his daughter may also be on screen.
In addition, Cotillard was recently photographed on set wearing outfits reflecting those of the Eastern descent of Ducard from the first film.
Still not convinced?
Joey King was confirmed to play a young Talia al Ghul. Boom.
When Joseph Gordon Levitt was announced as John Blake, another no-name character from the DC universe, all fingers pointed the actor as Batman's secret sidekick, Dick Grayson a.k.a. Robin.
We know what you're thinking, Levitt's character's a cop. Grayson's family was part of the circus. True; however, for a time he was also a part of the Bludhaven Police Department.
OK, but, Nolan has voiced numerous times he would never bring Robin to the big screen.
Well, he never mentioned Nightwing--the superhero Dick Grayson eventually becomes after Robin. Plus, in one story arc, Grayson even picks up Batman's mantel for a time after the original dark knight is considered dead.
Bottom line: 'Blake' just seems far too invested in Wayne's life to be a simpleton cop.
Speculation suggested the film would take a page from the popular comic, Knightfall, where Bane cripples Batman. After a behind-the-scenes image surfaced where it appeared Bane actor Tom Hardy may be practicing a move resembling just that, fans were buzzing.
Cut to the trailer: Bane victoriously holds up a broken bat mask in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment before casting it aside in the water. The brief image is hauntingly reminiscent of the teaser poster showing Bane's backside walking away from Batman's iconic mask.
After seeing a bloodied and beaten Bruce Wayne in the trailer, does this suggest the end of Gotham's knight?
The best lines in the trailer hands down:
Catwoman: 'My mother warned me about getting into cars with strange men.'
Batman: 'This isn't a car.'
We end the trailer watching Batman's latest toy--The Bat--transform and take to the skies, forcing every fanboy to go batty.
What's more? We can probably expect to see our Caped Crusader launched from the vehicle at some point during the film.
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