Many fans have been waiting to see a trailer for The Dark Knight Rises which effectively encapsulates the epic thematic nature of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy finale, showcases its majestic action sequences and set pieces - and, even throws in some light-hearted moments, meant to offer viewers a chance to catch their breath (without feeling forced or out of place). Suffice it to say: that day has come.
Nokia has released a trailer for Dark Knight Rises, and it really is the best of both worlds. Everything fans loved about the third theatrical promo and the first TV spots for the film, are mixed together here. Put frankly: if this preview doesn't get you pumped to see Nolan's last Batman movie, nothing will.
The latest promo for Dark Knight Rises offer the most alluring taste of Bane's (Tom Hardy) blitzkrieg campaign against the citizens of Gotham City - including, its shadowy guardian, Batman (Christian Bale), who's been semi-retired for nearly eight years, following his defeat of The Joker. Under-prepared and overwhelmed by the sheer might of Bane and his forces, our hero finds himself exiled from his homeland.
With the assistance of old comrades like Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) and Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine) - plus, a shaky alliance struck with the mysterious crook Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) - Bruce Wayne attempts to fully resurrect his identity as the Caped Crusader... and stage a last-ditch effort to take Bane down, once and for all.
Avengers proved to offer loads of unmitigated fun, while next month's Amazing Spider-Man has potential to also be a great addition to the superhero pantheon. However, there's a weightiness to everything in Dark Knight Rises that its comic book peers simply do not possess. Perhaps that's due to the unmatched grittiness of the street battles staged in Nolan's film - or the emotional-resonance inherent to a climactic chapter in the grim legend of Bruce Wayne. Either way, TDKR is poised to pack quite the emotional punch, while delivering all the awe-inspiring spectacle we've been anticipating for several months (years?) now.
The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marion Cotillard. It is of course directed by Christopher Nolan, based on a screenplay he co-penned with Jonathan Nolan (working from a story co-conceived by Davis S. Goyer).
The Dark Knight Rises in theaters around the U.S. on July 20th, 2012.