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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises Trailer

Well, I've been putting this off for a few days.  Time to blog my thoughts on the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises.

Christopher Nolan, he who brought us Memento, The Prestige, and most recently, Inception, is back for one last Batman film.  Nolan has said in a few interviews that The Dark Knight Rises is a very definitive end for the trilogy he began with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and I for one think that's a good idea.  If there's one thing I've learned from being raised on Star Wars and Back to the Future, when it comes to a film franchise, 3 is a good number to end with. 

I'm also glad that they chose Bane to be the villain.  Bane was high on my wish list of villains for a Batman film, as he royally got screwed in Batman and Robin.  And besides, in the gritty, realistic take that Nolan has taken for his trilogy, Bane is a good fit....  Much like his introduction in Batman: The Animated Series, I can see Nolan re-imagining Bane as a freakishly strong hitman that the mob has brought in to end the threat of the Batman once and for all. 

But Bane is not the only villain.  It was also announced the Selina Kyle is in the film.  Seline Kyle...but not her official alter-ego, Catwoman.  That really has me intrigued.  Will there just be subtle hints at Kyle's destiny throughout the film, with her donning the trademark cat suit at the end?  Will she be a full-on Catwoman when the film begins?  I really don't know. 

One thing I have liked about the Nolan Batman films is he has successfully juggled the multiple villain conundrum.  It's long been said that multiple villains make for a bad superhero film.  But, you know, in Batman Begins, both Ras-al-Guhl and the Scarecrow got their due.  In The Dark Knight, everyone raved about the Joker, but I was also amazed at how Two-Face was successfully adapted for the big screen.  So it'll be neat to see how they juggle Bane and (maybe) Catwoman. 

So, our cast.  Christian Bale is back as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine is back as Alfred, Gary Oldman returns as Commissioner Gordon, and Morgan Freeman is also back as Lucius Fox.  The new additions include Tom Hardy as Bane.  You probably remember him as the bald guy in Leo's gang in Inception.  Anne Hathaway is Selina Kyle.  And a couple more of Nolan's Inception stars show up:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop, and Marion Cotillard is Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member. 

Christopher Nolan is directing again.  Nolan once again co-wrote with his brother Johnathon and David S. Goyer.

The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, 2012. 

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