The Dark Knight Rises: New Trailer

Well, after a weekend of it being bootlegged, the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has been officially released and it’s looking awesome. Catwomen’s there, and she’s one of the iconic bat-characters, but it’s the presence of Bane that casts an ominous shadow over the whole thing (if you don’t know your comics, well, let’s just say the first time Bane met Bats, final score was one-nil to the bad guy).

But for me, the most affecting moment was Alfred’s confession – that although he cares for Bruce as if he were his own son, he failed to protect him. Batman’s crusade against crime has always felt like it’s going to end badly – one day, some second rate mugger is going to get off a lucky shot – and Alfred knows it. And he’s cursing himself for empowering Bruce’s noble self-destruction.

It’s interesting that Dark Knight Rises is being marketed as a definitive conclusion to the Christopher Nolan bat-trilogy. It’s possible that there’ll be a happy ending but the doom-laden atmosphere of that trailer makes that look unlikely. By their nature, American superheroes don’t tend to have a beginning, middle and end – they exist within a serial narrative that always sees another villain hiding in the shadows. Will this be true of Bale’s Batman? Or is Bruce about to lose his war on crime? Looks like we’ll find out next summer…


2 thoughts on “The Dark Knight Rises: New Trailer

  1. CMrok93

    Personally, I think it looks bloody brilliant. What I love about this trailer is the fact that it shows you just enough to keep you hooked, but not enough to spoil the story. Who is Bane (Tom Hardy)? And why is he attempting to destroy Gotham City? Where has Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) been for eight years and what has actually brought him back to Gotham. Was it Gordon, Bane or something else? All I know is, that come next Summer, I’ll be at the front of the queue for ‘TDKR’!

    1. matthewhyde Post author

      I think it’s interesting that we don’t see much of Batman at all. I’m starting to think this might be closer to Bane’s first appearence in the comics than I initially thought. But yeah, it looks fantastic!


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