Teaser Trailer for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

     July 18, 2011

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Judging by the box office, most of you may have seen the first teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises attached to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 this past weekend. But if you haven’t, or if you want to see it again (you do), the trailer has been officially released online. The teaser is made up of footage from Christopher Nolan’s first two entries in the franchise intercut with a tiny bit of new footage, including a couple of shots of Tom Hardy as Bane and a Lieutenant Gordon monologue.

It’s not really much, but I’m all for staying in the dark as long as possible. In essence, this is an announcement teaser letting everyone know that Nolan’s Batman trilogy ends next year, and it’s gonna be intense/bad ass/super cool. In that respect, this teaser trailer is a great success. Hit the jump to watch it yourself. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20th, 2012.

Click over to the official Dark Knight Rises Facebook page to watch the trailer in HD.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy,

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.

Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

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  • gorgo

    Impressive teaser! In Nolan We Trust !

    • slm

      Nolan did great with the first 2. Sad to say, this is going to be the flopper. he’s ending it so he can start the franchise up again in 2-3yrs, when did that become a good idea? and why does bane look like an S&M bear, ready to “attack” batman. Joker is batmans equal for anyone who is pre 90′s or someone who doesn’t know the series. James Franco could do the Joker, or give us the Riddler (not the Shoemaker one) he would be a believable bad guy. This is a good way to loose fans.

  • Nick

    Whos the guy in the background in the bane vs batman sequence?

    • Jorge

      Wondering the same ever since this trailer leaked internet a week ago. Or may be its just a statue, because if you closely look at the scene, that image does not move. Anyhow, AWSOME TEASER!!!

    • PatLang

      My guess, and this is from purely observation, is that it might be the cop character that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing. I don’t know as much as everyone else, but it’s just observation.

      • turtle

        hope the posters come out quickly..looking forward 2 anne hathways catwoman

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  • junierizzle

    I think I just came.

  • Jarvis

    So…judging by the images in the trailer…Gordon now knows that Bruce is the Batman? Because the cat sitting across from his hospital bed looks to be clad in Bruce’s suit & tie get up.

  • AS

    @junierizzle I got thrown out of Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 for violently masturbating during the preview!

    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai

      Clean up! Aisles 6 and 9!

      • PatLang

        Haha! I just watched Memento last night and got the punchline of that joke.

  • Mike Cruz

    I wonder who’s standing behind Bats when he’s getting the shit kicked out of him…

    • Al

      probably just one of Bane’s henchmen

  • ES

    Unimpressive trailer, but still good to see new footage. Can anyone tell me what exactly gordon says in the bed?? I caught a few words, but alot of it i can’t make out.

    • Dragun

      Ra’s al Ghul: If you make yourself more than just a man. If you devout yourself to be ideal. And you become something else entirely. A legend Mr. Wayne… A Legend!

      Jim Gordon: [lying in a hospital bed] We were in this together, and then you were gone. And now this evil rises. Batman must come back.
      Bruce Wayne: What if he doesn’t exist anymore?
      Jim Gordon: He must… he must…

    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai

      Gordon says: We were in this together. Then you were gone. Now this evil rises. The Batman must come back.
      Then Bruce Wayne says, What if he doesn’t exist anymore?
      Gordon replies: He must. He must.

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  • Salfie

    I’ve been thinking that Bane’s mask kind of looks like a breathing apparatus of sorts. I wonder if they’re going to make the “venom” drug into a sort of breathable mist. Anyone else have thoughts on this?

    • Jerkreel

      Good possibility. The whole tube system may have worked in the other interpretations of Bane. The idea of having it in this movie seems weird, I mean that was kind of his weak spot. All Bats had to do is reach around his head and pull the plug.

      • Salfie

        Yeah, definitely. I’m interested to see Nolan’s take on the character. Also, I think I’d read somewhere that Tom Hardy got his weight up to 198lbs for his role as Bane, and that just seemed rather slight to me. I think I’d heard that Christian Bale weighed somewhere on the order of 225lbs for Batman. I’m thinking they’ll probably have to employ some camera tricks to make him more intimidating, right? If they keep him as is surely he can’t “break the bat”.

    • junierizzle

      I’m kind of concerned about Hardy’s performance with this mask on. I hope it doesn’t look as silly as Willem Defoe did in the talking scenes in Spider-Man.

      • Jazzy Jace

        @ Salfie: Although Bale got up to 225Ibs for BB, he was branded Fat man and made to lose some. So I’m guessing maybe 200Ibs?

  • Sid

    Nolan sucks ass… they need to let Frank Miller take a crack at the next Batman re-boot, cause it was his Dark Knight graphic novel that started it all.. as far as comic books in general making enough noise in the mainstream to make it to the movies.. and have the kind of phenomenal appeal they now finally have on such a large scale. I don’t think any filmmaker has cracked this nut yet.. the way the diehard Batman fans want to see it. Until then, I am afraid beyond that one brilliant performance from the late Ledger, that all the other Batman movies , yes, including Burton’s, were so bad it’s laughable.

    • corey

      dude have you ever seen the spirit i wouldn’t let frank miller near a camera

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        I don’t normally cry during movies because I’m a double hard bastard but that film nearly brought me to tears…. of sheer boredom.

    • junierizzle

      Took the word right out of my mouth Corey.

    • sense 11

      Dude, put down the crack pipe and that dvd of Batman and Robin. Its affecting your brain functions

  • Bring out the GIMP

    Good trailer, its great to see a little recap of the first 2 rolled into one, just as a reminder, especially as Begins was years ago now.

    I notice Batman is sporting his Dark Knight outfit in this clip. Shame, as I would have loved to see him end up in something more traditional. (The Arkham Asylum suit in particular is perfection.) Then again, maybe Bats gets his whooping in this scene and then develops a better suit for a final battle with more Bane-Poof properties.

    Cant wait to see this, especially the new gadgets, batcopter and Batcave (hopefully a new designed Batmobile too.

    Also hope the dialogue is better here and Bales voice. Also I hope the fight scenes are filmed better with better choreography too.

    • PatLang

      And Lucius said that the Dark Knight suit would be good against cats. They cast Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle and she mentions Catwoman on Oprah following the Oscars. It would be a shame to have the suit change again if it wasn’t leading to something.

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  • Nick Hart

    who is it doing pushups in a prison cell? when i saw the bootleg i assumed it was bane but here it looks like they have hair and maybe even a beard. is that bane before he breaks out? or does bruce possibly get arrested for something?

    and who is the person that looks like they’re tied up/hanging in the background in the last shot?

    and is the shot of someone climbing up a tunnel from batman begins or is that something new? looks bigger than the hole bruce fell down

    ahhh so many questions great teaser

    • Speshlk37

      I believe it’s the well Bruce fell down when he was younger, not a tunnel. And as for the push-ups in the cell, Bruce had a beard when he was in that prison camp at the beginning of Batman Begins so I think it was just unused footage from the first movie.

      • Nick Hart

        that looks completely different from the cell bruce was in though, looks like a regular holding cell. besides what would be the point of using unused footage from batman begins? why use footage that isnt in ANY of the movies

      • sense 11

        I’m probably wrong but I think its a shot from Bruce training at the temple in Batman Begins. Looks just like it

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  • Snapperhead


    The teasers for the first two were so good. This is not.
    I’m a little worried now.

    • junierizzle

      I agree that this teaser isn’t as good as The Dark Knight teaser but I still think it’s awesome.

      Plus the TDK teaser had all the Joker hype surrounding it. Tom Hardy doesn’t have to follow any pressure like that. The movie as a whole of course has pressure on it but not the trailer.

      Look at this way, maybe it’s good it didn’t blow you away……

    • corey

      Dont worry they have only been shooting for 3 months this was obviously thrown together for fans to get them riled up. Expect a better trailer in december.

      • JohnTravolta

        Exactly. Its clear from this one here that they didnt have much to show…they dont want to show much. Its just an announcement….Come to think about it – its still a whole friggin year to go! give them a few months…maybe around nov-dec they’ll come up with a proper trailer – & I m sure it’ll blow our minds !

  • Michael

    Gordon is actually a Commissioner now, not a Lieutenant, as stated in the article.

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  • Jake

    FUCK YEAH! i have doubts that it can top The Dark Knight because it doesn’t have Heath Ledger but damn, i’m excited to see if it can!

  • Dood

    Who is that on the hospital bed speaking about Batman?

    Bane looks awesome…Looks like Batman will indeed get that broken back via a Bane ass-kicking.

    I really hope it goes out with a bang.

    • Michael

      It’s Commissioner Gordon.

  • Harry

    Christopher Nolan: “I GOT THIS SHIT”

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  • zootcatchy

    im not a fan of nolan batman movies, neither im a fan of nolan. but i wanna see hardy in this. hardy can grace any movie with his presence.

    • Richard

      Really? Nolan has a perfect track record and is one of the most respected directors of this generation. What do you dislike about his films/directing?

      • Scott

        Richard, you suck too much Nolan dick. Relax. He’s not as good as you paint him to be and trust me, A LOT of people hate that guy and his movies. A lot!

        I also don’t like him, and I’ve never liked him actually. Just because he has a few clearly insane internet fans who can’t stop repeating “In Nolan we Trust” (lol), doesn’t mean he’s actually a good director. Try to keep that in mind.

  • sense 11

    Is that Hugo strange behind Batman, seems to be pointing a gun at batman

  • dylan

    yes, not sure what to think of gordon in hospital, but i love the fact that bruce is telling him who he is

  • James

    Batman looks nervous as hell against Bane in the trailer.

  • Tmo

    I love how all you moron’s were bashing this teaser when Collider first reported about it in written form. Now that its actually true and its out you guys are on your knees. Yeah its a good teaser, yeah TDKR will be a good movie but there is no possible way anyone can outdo Ledger’s performance. Sadly I also do not believe this movie will overtake Mr. Potters new record due to the fact that it doesn’t have “The Ledger Factor.” Sorry fanboys get off your knees this isn’t a GREAT teaser its just merely a good one.

  • the DUDE

    Begins and TDK were Bat-perfection!
    The way they were SUPPOSED to be done.
    Not Jack dancing around to Prince songs, or Louie DePalma in a shitty tux with flippers. And don’t even mention the Schumacher tragedies. Mr. Freeze?!? LOL
    Nolan knows what he’s doing. Dark Knight exceeded EVERYONE’S expectations. And I believe this one will too.

    • sense 11

      Agreed Sir, truer words have never speen spoken.

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  • Randy

    Well, we can all be assured that Nolan won’t resurrect ‘Ras’ from the Lazarus Pit, so might as well come to the conclusion that Marion will play Talia, who as the official description states “a Wayne Enterprises board member ‘eager’ to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham.”, and then double cross him in the final act. Bane will not be a stand alone and I’m sure Talia definitely holds his reins. Like any story, the villains will all die and Batman and Catwoman will live happily ever after, jumping off rooftops till one day he wakes up and finds she pulled a long-con as well.

  • rxn

    Can not wait. 2012 needs to get here already.

    • Water Tigress

      Appreciate what has been offered..2012 won’t come, it is supposed to be end of the world.. nah.. just kidding..hee hee.

  • migz13

    I haven’t seen the video yet and I’m already spazzing!!!!

  • migz13

    Gyah!! Looks awesome! Just bits and pieces of footage but I’m stoked!
    Looking forward to that Batman/Bane showdown!!

  • jesse

    correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the first teaser for “The Dark Knight” was just audio? The awesome “teaser” we all saw with the truck flip and plenty o’ Joker footage was months later right?

    I’m guessing that’s what will happen with this marketing too… just more geared toward Catwoman being revealed.

    Makes sense seeing how both the Joker and Catwoman have been “iconically” portrayed before and should be revealed in a bigger way. Bane has been portrayed before too… but… well it’s not that difficult to improve on that.

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  • Tyler

    Some of you are the biggest idiots ever.
    Like this guy “this is not.Im worried now”. why the hell are you worried? theyve only been shooting for about a month, they didnt have much. and frank miller? fucking idiot.

    And for god sake, its gordon in the bed, is it really that hard to get?

  • plainview

    thr Avengers’ teaser pawns this!(it has leaked in the net).

    Nolan better up his game, cause this teaser doesn’t do anything to alot of fans(and i’m more of a Nolan fan, than a fan of the Marvel incarnation this past few years.)

    on the bright side, the fact that Nolan hasn’t really shown anything yet is a plus because it means there are more to come. “The opening scene will blow your mind” – DP Wally Pfister

    The Avengers feels like a JJ Abrams film. a fun summer pop corn flick done to the highest form of Hollywood Craftsmanship. TDKR feels like it’s going for the different direction(as Nolan’s summer movie). but also done to the Highest form of hollywood craftsmanship.

    i’ll bring popcorn to the Avengers, and enjoy it for what it is. by contrast i’ll bring a coffee to TDKR, and treat it as i treat the Godfather.

  • Reggie

    I’m no Nolan fanatic but I gotta give props to the guy for actually turning a comic book hero into a real dramatic character without compromising the core comic book elements that we fans expect. I really dig the vibe in this very brief trailer looks like Batman has retired and Bruce has settled into being himself and liking it apparently. Meanwhile a new threat has emerged that Gordon who has assumed the role of Gotham’s protector has been gravely injured by. Leaving Gordon to plead with Bruce to bring Batman back to help him fight this foe. The question is can Bruce be Batman again to take care of this threat and then go back to his life or is being Batman all too consuming and once he’s back he’s back for good. After all it’s a thankless job being Batman especially after the events of the Dark Knight where he was the only one who really sacrificed everything and had to make an impossible choice at the end. I got a feeling this one will be just as good if not better.

  • Salfie

    I don’t really understand the people that feel that they need to see the Avengers OR The Dark Knight Rises. I love comics and am interested in seeing them brought to film in general. I’m looking forward to both movies. They’re both attempting to do something different and shouldn’t be seen as competing. I think the fans of these properties win.

  • Corey

    I think Bane’s gonna be even more a threat to Batman than the Joker was. The Joker could only take down Batman psychologically and couldn’t take him down in a physical fight. Bane has the potential to do both cause he’s a cunning and devious villain as well as has the physical prowess to take him down in a fight like he does in the comics. I think Chris Nolan and Tom Hardy are going to make Bane as memorable and as great a villain as Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. We’ll just have to wait and see how Anne Hathaway approaches Catwoman in the upcoming trailers.

  • M4TTH3W

    MATARLO! MATARLO! BANE! BANE! (“Kill Him, Kill him, Bane! Bane!”)

    I’m assuming the people chanting are members of the League of Shadows watching BANE and Batman fight.

  • seabass

    for a teaser trailer, this is ace. Lots of big characters crammed into this film and i expect there will be lots of twists with them. im very curious to see how it all plans out.

    Bane looks cool and that last shot between him and batman is going to be an epic fight!

    • Water Tigress

      Mr. Bale won an Oscar for boxing film The Fighter – he would have honed some fighting skills back then, no? Then he went to China to film an epic film, he would have picked up more fighting skills from a nation of people that are pre-eminent when it comes to art of war.. Also, this is Nolan’s third time helming Batman film..he could improve on his former Batman films BB and TDK. And the trailer? I think it was incredibly clever and very very naughty indeed, to offer just a hint of what is comng.. and frustrating fans around the world, ramping up the excitement and anticipation.. I am betting TDKR will gross 1 Billion at box office in 2012..

  • GH

    Oscar® winner Christian Bale…YES!

  • Terry

    It looks good so far but I pry to God cat women isn’t cheesy! Please lord I hope Ann Hathawayt doesn’t come across as some hokey, wide eyed middle American tart. I want raw shit!!!

  • Tracy

    I’ve been a batman fan since cold cereal & cartoons on Saturday mornings. But I’m utterly disappointed with this trailer. It doesn’t appear that they’ll be able to surpass or even match what Heath Ledger gave us (it is one hell of a challenge though). It seems like we’re back to the simplicity of good guys and bad guys. I could seriously cry.

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  • Elliot

    As an old school fan of DC and Marvel comics, I, always, get concerned that movie directors will lose sight of the appeal of these comic heros to satisfy a wider, uninformed, constituency. Will Nolan end this epic on a high note with the Bat and the Cat, physically, able to take on more Gotham villains? Or will Nolan make the same mistake that others have and destroy the ideal to satisfy his new age interpretation of the Dark Knight? I, anxiously, await the movie, but fear for the end of the journey. Something tells me I am going to be disappointed.

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