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May 01, 2012

‘Dark Knight Rises’ trailer: Bat flight, Cat fights, Gotham falls

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The newest trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” reveals the scale of the film – collapsing bridges, street riots, and that familar football-field calamity — but the most intriguing moments belong to franchise newcomers Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt,  Marion Cotillard and the baneful Tom Hardy.

Although a portion of the trailer, which runs 2 minutes and 19 seconds, is comprised of footage from the six-minute preview released in December, it’s the most that tight-lipped co-writer and director Christopher Nolan has revealed about the third and final installment in his epic Batman trilogy, which began with “Batman Begins” in 2005 and continued with 2008′s “The Dark Knight,” winning two Oscars.

The trailer opens with Selina Kyle’s voice over a soft, eerie piano, telling Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), “There’s a storm coming.” When he remarks that she seems as if she is looking forward to it, Hathaway seems to channel breathy Marilyn Monroe or Hedy Lamarr as she murmurs back, “I’m adaptable.”

The trailer also shows a beleaguered Gotham in the clutches of chaos, with exploding bridges, sidewalk mobs, and wide-eyed children watching the bedlam from behind windows. Meanwhile, a  battered Bruce Wayne is held captive by masked terrorist Bane (Hardy), who calls himself “Gotham’s reckoning” and promises Wayne a punishment “more severe” than death.

The action ramps up, giving fans a glimpse of Hathaway–  in full kitty gear — roundhouse-kicking a baddie, a flying vehicle that’s been added to the Bat-fleet, and a steamy kiss between Wayne and Miranda Tate, the Cotillard character who represents a new mysterious figure in the big picture of Nolan’s unfolding mythology. Also memorable is a fleeting scene between John Blake (Gordon-Levitt) and a child who chalks Batman’s symbol on the pavement.

The film, which hits theaters July 20, is expected to challenge box office records. Check out the trailer above and let us know what you think in the comments.

– Noelene Clark

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