What The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Tells Us

By now, everyone, their mother and Osama bin Laden (can’t make that crack anymore) has seen the teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, judging by the hundreds of millions of dollars Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 earned over the weekend. Oh, and the fact that it’s Tuesday and the trailer for the new Batman movie was released Monday morning.

If you haven’t watched the teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, however, watch it now:

Our thoughts?

I am more pumped than ever for this movie. It doesn’t have to be better than The Dark Knight (that’s a tough act to follow), but it’s hard to deny that Christopher Nolan is up to the task. The teaser does a great job of doing what it’s supposed to do – tease us.

It’s a bit rough around the edges – the trailer starts rather suddenly (even without the DC Comics logo) – but given the small amount of new footage seen in the previews, that’s small potatoes. Here’s what we know:

Batman has retired

A near-dead Jim Gordon insists to Bruce Wayne that the Batman must return – which means that, after the events of The Dark Knight, he disappeared for good.

Jim Gordon could die

The police commissioner and sole Batman ally isn’t in very good shape in this movie. Given that this is the “conclusion” to The Dark Knight trilogy, all bets are off. Gordon, a mainstay in the comics, could be killed off. Hell, for that matter…

Batman could die

It’s hard to imagine that even Christopher Nolan would kill off Batman, but it’s not inconceivable. At the very least, given that this movie is the “conclusion”, we could see Batman permanently crippled. After all, there is only one villain to have broken the Bat, and that’s Bane. Speaking of…

Bane is a badass

We only see two brief moments of Bane (Tom Hardy) in the trailer, but the shot of Batman stepping back defensively as Bane looms before him tells us everything we need to know: Bane is going to be a massive physical threat to the hero.

The League of Assassins?

In the comics, Bane breaks out the prisoners of Arkham to exhaust Batman before snapping his spine. Some have suspected that the chanting heard in the previews is coming from the inmates. Another rumor – which is much more likely – is that the chanting belongs to The League of Assassins, who act under the orders of Ra’s al Ghul.

Ra’s died in the first one, but in the comics he’s immortal. The mantle could have been passed to another person, perhaps his daughter Talia – rumored to be played by Marion Cottilard.

Liam Neeson’s rumored presence on the set adds weight to this theory, along with his [recycled] voice over work for the trailer and the reused footage from Batman Begins.

Batman is in for a world of hurt

If The League of Assassins rumor turns out to be true, this means Batman is going to have his hands full. Bane is a formidable foe by himself, but The League of Assassins complicates things. And then there’s Catwoman…

And one final question…

Who is that standing behind Batman as Bane approaches?

By Erik Samdahl
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