THE DARK KNIGHT RISES New TV Spot Highlights Humor and Reveals a Previously Unreleased Cameo; Also, a Hilarious New Fan-Made Poster

     July 10, 2012


The Dark Knight Rises is quickly approaching and with it comes a marketing blast that features Batman’s (Christian Bale) vulnerability, Catwoman’s (Anne Hathaway) ambiguity and Bane’s (Tom Hardy) destructive rampage.  The latest TV spot chooses to highlight the humor in the film, showing a scene between Bale’s Bruce Wayne and a doctor who rattles off the degree of damage that Mr. Wayne has done to his body.  The dialogue in the scene alone may have elicited some laughs, but the actor who gets a cameo as the doctor really sells it.

The Dark Knight Rises, also starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard, opens July 20th in IMAX.  Hit the jump to check out the new TV spot, along with a clever fan-made poster.

Check out this new TV spot from The Dark Knight Rises (via The Playlist):

That looks like none other than Reno 911′s Thomas Lennon in a fantastic cameo.  Would have been nice to save it for the feature, but I’m hoping they kept a few lines of his dialogue back.  And for those of you who love superhero mashups, here’s a fan-made poster featuring a fictional duel between Marvel and DC mainstays:


Here’s the official synopsis for The Dark Knight Rises:

the-dark-knight-rises-imax-posterWarner 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.

Be sure to check out a ton of info from The Dark Knight Rises set visit, including:

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  • Mikey Filmz

    Always will remember him most from the scene where he kissed Paul Rudd in ” I LOVE YOU MAN ” lol

    • Cpt. Hindsight

      Really? That’s what you remember him for most of all? U might as well of said you’ll remember him for being the writer of Night at the Museum. He shall ALWAYS be Lt. Jim Dangle of the Reno sheriffs dept. Shit, even his Party Down episode is a 1000 times better than ANYTHING in I Love U, Man.

  • EBo Rises

    Spider-man sux. TDKR best superhero movie of the summer. DC wins

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  • Doug

    Lennon was also in Memento as a doctor who performs tests on Sandy Jenkins

    • Anthony

      Sandy Jenkins?! Wtf?! SAMMY JANKIS!

      • Doug

        Yeah, I realized that as soon as it was posted and I was going to try to worry about it and try to make a change, but then I said fuck it and made a sandwich instead

      • Doug

        Yeah I realized that but instead of worrying about it or trying to make an edit, but then I decided to make a sandwich and drink a Dr. Pepper, so I apologize for my negligence.

    • Dave Trumbore

      Nice catch! Completely forgot about that!

  • D

    Dangle. It’s good to see him pop up in this. He’s funny in everything he does, even when he plays it straight.


  • AlexHeyNa

    Screw Reno 911. Lennon wrote the greatest book on Screenwriting I’ve ever read.

  • paul tracy

    there’s been some troubling one-liners in this film. I hope it doesn’t go too far down that hole.

    ~ p

    • Chris138

      It seems like it has about as many one-liners as the first two films. What’s the big deal? This is about a grown man who dressed up as a Bat and wears a cape, after all.

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  • paul tracy

    Am I the only one that worries how off-tone this feels? I know it’s just a tiny bit of comic relief, but this grade of comic relief feels out of place, perhaps in the wrong movie. anyone?

    ~ p

    • Chris138

      Dude, it’ll be fine. Reviews for this movie have been overwhelmingly positive, and I’m pretty sure there haven’t been any complaints over the tone being wrong. There’s no reason to get worried over some TV spots trying to throw in some humor to lighten things up for 30 seconds.

      • paul tracy

        i agree. and there’s “not a big deal” being thrown, just minor concerns. again, i know it’s just a brief tv spot, I just wanted to get an opinion in there. Nolan just creates some pretty heavy non-just-a-bat-in-a-costume themes, so it’s different in his world if his world suddenly feels too jokey.

        ~ p

  • inorossi

    is that Wil Estes from blue bloods series? (the police officer who ponted the gun towards Batman)

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  • Jahanzeb

    Big lolz for the poster. Very creative and funny.

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