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We all know that the teaser trailer for Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins will be running before The Dark Knight (that’s a lot of Christian Bale for one night), but until now we didn’t know what footage would be featured in the trailer.

Ain’t It Cool was given the lowdown on the trailer from a spy who attended a marketing focus group. I can’t imagine that they have much footage in the can for this, as they have only been shooting for a few weeks, but it’ll be interesting to see what sort of visuals McG will be presenting.

What follows includes spoilers for the trailer (if there is such a thing as “spoiling” a trailer).

This is what the scooper sent AICN:

“It opens with footage of people out in every day life. Christian Bale voiceover IS
something like:

“I always knew it would happen”…

Than a pause…

“They told me I could stop it.”

The same people begin looking to the sky….

“That I could save us”.

Looks of horror come across their faces as he says,

“They were wrong”.

Music rises as we cut to black for a second. The Terminator theme starts, with the duh duh,
duh, duh, duh.

NEXT SUMMER appears on the screen…

We get a quick shot looking out over a sunny desert, and then a shot of Bale, in badass commando uniform
and very recognizably the same guy who plays Batman, being lowered into a huge bunker
of weapons.


rolls across, and we get mixed clips from inside one of the survivor bunkers as seen in Terminator 1 – but they look more concentration campish; very crowded, shots of Bale walking with a large crowd. And then the word…


The music quickly rises as we get shot of a huge truck racing down a high way, a shot or two of a helicopter flying mixed with more close ups of the actors when Bale whispers, “They’re coming”.

It all goes quiet.

Massive drums blare the beginning of the theme (again) but this time much louder, more pumped up, as we get a metallic silver T that morphs into a 4.

We then get the big money shot of the trailer. Its Bale on a motorcycle with some girl on the back.
They speed through a door of what looks like a warehouse toward us. As soon as they
pass the screen, a huge terminator on wheels, a lot like the one they battle in the
first one, smashes through the wall, chasing them. It looks awesome.

It then says:

Memorial Day 2009.”

It sounds quite interesting, however I’ll have to see it before I pass any judgement (day?) on this.

Bale seems to be a very, very busy man these days and he also appears to be taking the action franchise route to career stability. Between this and Batman he must have a secure future for about he next 10 years. Heck, he could even squeeze in a sequel to Nottingham – if he wanted.

On a side note, there a few words of remembrance for Stan Winston on the official site for the film.

More details on Terminator as we get them.

Source: AICN