Watch a 13-Minute DARK KNIGHT RISES TV Special

     July 7, 2012


“The choice has to be made: Is Batman going to return?”  The choice was always clear externally after The Dark Knight earned a billion dollars.  The decision is more difficult for Bruce Wayne in the universe of the movies, as Christian Bale points out in a new 13-minute TV special for The Dark Knight Rises.  The featurette covers a lot of ground, enough to prepare you for all 2 hours and 45 minutes of the movie.  In addition to Bale, they talk to co-stars Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well director Christopher Nolan and other behind-the-scenes crew members.

We have published a lot on The Dark Knight Rises, but this is the single most comprehensive source of information you’re likely to see before the release on July 20.  This is not for those who want to go in fresh, but for the rest of you, hit the jump to watch.

Around 2:50, we see Nolan touching up a chalk drawing of the bat symbol on top of a skyscraper.  I get so much pleasure from that image.

Official synopsis:


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

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) 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(R) winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R) 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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  • Harry

    I will not watch this. I will not watch this. I will not watch this. I will not watch…anymore after this one.

    • Eric Nixon

      They’re really making it hard, aren’t they? Fortunately, it’s mostly re-cut footage from all of the trailers and TV spots, interlaced with interviews. It’s pretty spoiler free unless you’re wanting to avoid any and all footage.

  • Hunter

    Every time I try to play it it stops at 10:24. I’ve tried a couple times and clicked out of my browser and waited a bit.

  • drod

    Amazing…Nuff’ Said.


    eh, it doesn’t seem to want to work my end…thank god, i was thinking i might regret spoiling some things.

    Will i go and try find it on youtube, most likely :)

  • Dannyboy3030

    Ohh man! I’m almost positive that Batman at least gets his back broken.

  • wha..wha..what?

    Jizz… in.. my… pants

  • Jake

    Just bought my IMAX tickets, god this is going to be the longest two weeks that I can remember

  • Proud scientologist

    That guy said “alot of the film takes place underground” hmmmmmm, i think Alfred dies in this one which brings to mind that scene wear Bruce yells NO!

    • AlexHeyNa

      A lot of it takes place underground because there’s the Batcave, Bane’s underground tunnel system, and the underground prison. The scene where Bruce yells is in the prison. I’m thinking Bane (or one of his mercenaries) kills his friend from the trailer (the one that says “rise” like Darth Sidious). I don’t believe that’s when Alfred dies.

      I do, however, firmly believe Alfred will die somewhere in the movie. NOT BRUCE OR BATMAN.

  • Joe

    Guys, you all realise in just a couple days time we’re gonna be watching not just the best Comic book movie but one of the best movies…period, right?

    At a pre-screening of TDKR for media, they gave it a STANDING OVATION saying it deserves the Best Picture Oscar.

  • headshot

    I shat bricks :/

  • calvincrack

    oh. my. goodness. it looks like Nolan has directed an epic of historic proportions.

  • dropthatwand

    This made a fan girl’s week. Definitely the movie of the year! Thank you so much.

  • Ric

    awesome! looking forward to the final chapter of batman

  • Shaun

    Any doubts I had about this one, from the first couple of trailers back last year, are long, long gone. This looks incredible, and no one should worry about spoilers. There really aren’t any here. But this looks EPIC.

    I’m so excited about this, and I’m glad I have my midnight tickets! My only regret is that there is no true IMAX in my city, in spite of being in a fairly large, major city. Gonna be a couple of weeks later until I can see this movie the way it was truly meant to be seen.

  • calvincrack


    yeah, out in LA there are a lot of IMAX pretenders. and they charge you the same price and everything. But there are a couple legitimate ones, Universal Citywalk and RAVE to be specific. i HATE that they slap the imax name on a large regular theater and dupe people into thinking they’re really seeing it in that format.

  • enzofloc

    If it only half lives up to all the claims being made it should be quite an event.

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  • Jahanzeb

    Not watching it no matter what happens. I promise to myself.

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