Okay, the first real, non-teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises premiered online yesterday, and new villain Bane, played by Tom Hardy, has one line in said trailer. He does considerably more talking in the Bane-centric prologue that preceded IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol at 42 North American locations starting last Friday.
While the hyperbole about the action in the prologue and the football-field-exploding trailer began pretty much immediately, complaints that Bane's speech is utterly incomprehensible caught on just as quickly. It was a recurring theme in reports from the IMAX prologue, but now that everybody and their grandmother has seen the Dark Knight Rises trailer, it's a huge topic of discussion. But guess what? Christopher Nolan doesn't intend to change Bane's voice in any substantial way.
Cutting right to the chase, the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is now online, and it is a doozy. The trailer premiered in theaters on Friday, when it was attached to prints of the new Warner Bros. sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and naturally, poor quality bootlegs started showing up almost immediately.
Now, though, the WB has put the whole thing online in official form, so you can revel in this well-constructed glimpse at Christopher Nolan's Bat-finale in crisp, clean high definition, just the way Nolan himself would prefer it. Besides seeing the few really huge moments here in as spiffy a format as possible, I imagine many fans will be parsing through the whole thing frame by frame for clues, in which case they can get started right now.
You may be aware that next summer, The Dark Knight Rises will close out the much-loved trilogy that managed to bring Batman back to cinematic prominence even in the wake of this and this. Just in case you're not already anxiously fidgeting with anticipation over Christopher Nolan's series conclusion, Warner Bros has debuted a brand spanking new teaser poster for the film, following the initial Bat-teaser released back in July. This one is rather ominous, and not simply because of a tagline proclaiming, "The Legend Ends." Mostly because of the implication that Bane, the bad guy played by Tom Hardy, repeats his comic book feat of physically breaking Batman.
Despite the fact that the vast majority of the movie going public is already primed to see the film, yesterday saw the first real escalation in the viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight Rises. Following in the footsteps of The Dark Knight, the final entry in Christopher Nolan's epic Batman trilogy is providing fans with an augmented reality game that rewards playing along. Yesterday saw the release of a few faux-CIA documents relating to a figure by the name of Dr. Leonid Pavel. Today, we have yet another such document, and this one leads to an event codenamed "Operation Early Bird." What is Operation Early Bird? When does it go down? Read on, folks. Read on.
At this point, Warner Bros could probably take it easy on marketing The Dark Knight Rises. Anticipation for the film is already such that the campaign could consist exclusively of sandwich boards on vagrants and the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy would still earn a kajillion dollars on opening day. Nonetheless, its predecessor The Dark Knight was masterfully marketed, so the this sequel's marketing is guaranteed to hit the same basic beats. That 2008 effort incorporated an elaborate viral component which, up until now, has not been so directly repeated for The Dark Knight Rises, but that would appear to have changed today. Yep, the viral game is afoot, Bat fans.
What will the Batcave, Bruce Wayne's subterranean hangout, look like in The Dark Knight Rises? After Wayne Manor was burned down in Batman Begins, both the ancestral mansion and the guano-covered sat out The Dark Knight in favor of a Gotham penthouse and a nondescript underground bunker. With Wayne Manor making a comeback, though, we've known for some time that the new sequel would also contain some new and improved Batcave action. While a previous rumor suggested that a Romanian salt mine will make for a substantially more spacy, cavernous cave, there's been no indication that Christoher Nolan and company actually spent any time in Romania. Now there's a new rumored description of the cave asserting that it will look very much like it did the last time we saw it.
Thanks for staying tuned, Bat-fans, as there's now an official list of IMAX theaters where you'll be able to see the first six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises on a jumbo screen near you this month. As you may have heard, the conclusion of Christopher Nolan's crazy-popular Batman trilogy is arriving in theaters next summer. As you may have also heard, a six minute prologue introducing the villainous Bane, played by Tom Hardy, will precede selected showings of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol when it arrives on IMAX screens this December 16th. Like The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, the fourth Mission: Impossible features sequences shot with IMAX cameras, so Warner Bros and Paramount teamed up for a bit of mutally beneficial cross-pollination.
A week ago, director Christopher Nolan dropped some fairly big story information on The Dark Knight Rises, along with a crop of images that we saw as pretty low-quality scans, but today we've got some bigger, cleaner, cooler versions of the aforementioned images. So now you can get a better look at Christian Bale once again rocking the bat-armor on his batpod and in chilly-looking Gotham City. The big show here, though, is definitely Tom Hardy's Bane, who is striking a pose, standing atop a Tumbler besmirching Harvey Dent's good name, and seemingly shouting "Come at me, bro!" at an exhausted-looking Dark Knight. Oh, and there's even a new behind the scenes picture of Nolan (C-Note, as he's known on the streets of Gotham) with one of those bulky, loud, and expensive IMAX cameras of which he is so fond.
On Monday, the internet was thrown into a royal tizzy when it was revealed (spoilers, I guess) that The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of Christopher Nolan's Bat-saga, will take place a full eight years after the second film, The Dark Knight. The unexpected tends to cause a whole lot of nervousness amongst eager fans, but it's an interesting choice. Batman Begins showed Bruce Wayne taking up his Bat-mantle, The Dark Knight had him accepting that it isn't a short-term kind of gig, and now The Dark Knight Rises will take him somewhere entirely new and different. Though he doesn't go into specifics, Christian Bale has briefly discussed Bruce, Batman, and his three-film journey.
For months and months, the principal source of news relating to The Dark Knight Rises had to be blurry set photos from any of the cities doubling for Gotham in the last Bat-sequel, but now production is all over, the release date is about seven months away, and Warner Bros is ready to start properly spoonfeeding already-frenzied fans. The latest print issue of Empire magazine contains the most extensive official information on The Dark Knight Rises, dropping a gaggle of non-set photo stills and heretofore unknown story details from Christopher Nolan, costume designer Lindy Hemming, and Tom Hardy, whose villainous Bane faces off against Christian Bale's Batman. If you're spoiler-phobic, skip over the text that follows, but if not, feel free to get some salient story points, including the film's unexpected timeframe.