For months we had been beleaguered by numerous versions of The Dark Knight Rises teasers and trailers, all of them fake until this weekend.
Then, the real thing appeared in front of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It took a couple of days for Warner Bros. to get the trailer posted online, while we all waded through a thousand bootlegs, but it finally hit their Facebook page yesterday afternoon. If you haven't seen it yet here it is (if you have seen it, here it is again):
It looks nice, but as all teasers, it doesn’t look like all that much yet really.
Some of the sights and sounds here are even recycled clips from the previous two Batman films under Nolan.
A lot of fans have made a big deal about the quick clip of Bruce Wayne exercising in prison, thinking that this means he will somehow be incarcerated during the film.
This clip is not from The Dark Knight Rises, however, it's from the opening scenes of the first Nolan Batman film. Also, several scenes of Wayne and the batcave are from the first two, and the heavy line, spoken by Liam Neeson, who played Ras in the first film, is from the first film.
In fact, it seems like the only clips from the new film here are the images of Gary Oldmanin a hospital bed, a whispered conversation which seems to take place there, and some brief looks at Bane. Everything else is recycled or promo visuals.
That whispered conversation, however, does give us some clue as to the film's subplot. It seems that the Batman has retired from crime-fighting as the opening of the film, and must try to figure out if Batman is still needed in Gotham, or in Bruce Wayne. Of course, we already know how that conflict must turn out.
We don't get to see much more of Bane's costume than we've already seen. We get to see the mask, and it looks pretty much as expected, as all of the characters costumes in this trilogy have taken their cues from the comics. Surprisingly, Bane does not look particularly menacing.
Disapointingly, there is no visuals at all of Anne Hathaway, nor is there any sound of her voice. Out of all the characters in this film, I’m most interested to find out more about how Catwoman is going to look and sound. I keep visualizing Hathaway in the role, and while hot, I can’t help but layer on the awkward, and sometimes clumsy characters she often has played in the past, so I just chuckle to myself when I see, in my mind’s eye, her slinky, sexy, tighty-fitted form tumbling off of a rooftop, eyes wide, arms windmilling.
I’m certain that none of that will be in the film, but I can’t help myself. Hathaway is just too much the goofball.