‘Dark Knight Rises’: The Bat, the Rat and the Cat

July 19, 2011 | 6:59 a.m.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” has claimed the top weekend opening ever (in unadjusted gross), but could “The Dark Knight Rises” wrest that crown from the boy who lived?  For now, the franchises are working together (yes, Warner Bros. knows what it’s doing) as select “Harry Potter” audiences were treated to a grim “DKR” teaser trailer with Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) imploring an off-camera Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) to again don the mask of Gotham’s haunted hero. The trailer also shows the city skyline raining masonry and glass amid some new disaster. The most compelling image is the vision of Bane ascending a deep, dark pipe to the streets — the villain has the mien of sinewy vermin with a S&M inhaler for a snout. We don’t see the Catwoman but, well, there’s plenty of time for that.  Here’s the teaser — tell us what you think:

— Geoff Boucher


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22 Responses to ‘Dark Knight Rises’: The Bat, the Rat and the Cat

  1. VanLingleMungo says:

    Dark, primal fear images, life hissing through Gordon's lips like air escaping from a balloon, the impending impact with Something Evil…and all in a 90 second trailer. Nolan has not lost his ability to communicate through imagery. Next summer we'll figure out he's offering a story worth the telling or whether it's just another wasted journey to sequel hell. BTW, Geoff, the Dolphins still stink. ;-)

  2. RJon says:

    Surprisingly BORING!

  3. Smck says:

    Awesome. Can't wait. This got a cheer from the audience in my theater (seeing Harry Potter).

  4. Dave says:

    I've spent the past 10 years distracted enough not to read Harry Potter or see any of the movies. But I hoped to, one day. Did you just spoil the ending of the entire series in the first sentence of a post on an unrelated movie?

    • noelenecy says:

      Hi Dave,
      No, Harry is called “The Boy Who Lived” in the very first book. It’s part of his backstory. It’s a sort of title. No spoilers in this post. :) Enjoy reading the Potter books and seeing the films!

      • Hello says:

        No don't wprry about it "the boy who lived" is actually the nickname of Harry Potter. Also I think it's the name of the first chapter in the first book :)

  5. arlycan says:

    I don't think that's Bane climbing up the pipe. I believe it's a scene of Bruce in the Batcave either from Batman Begins or the new one.

  6. Tmiller says:

    That shot of Batman awaiting a huge Bane was pretty cool. It looked like he had no hope of beating him in a fight.

  7. Corwallis says:

    Sorry, but this trailer is not enough to make me want to see this picture. The Dark Knight Sucked! I am not sure if I will be seeing this movie!

  8. banesbane says:

    wow, people saying the dark knight sucked are complete idiots. No wonder there are soooo many terrible remakes, spin offs, and shitty sequels amassing into the part 9 and 10's.

  9. Lateshow says:

    This trailer is much, much, much better than the trailers they usually have. The trailers that shows all the funny bits or gives away all surprises and key action sequences suck.

    You probably saw the 1st 2 movies of this series. You know what batman looks like. You now know he leaves and has to come back to fight a new bad guy. Do you need to know what he looks like? Do you need to see the fight? A new bat vehicle? If it's a good movie, the less you know about it, the better it will be when you get to see it. Plus that was a teaser and it did it's job. You will probably get more and more of the giveaway every detail trailers as the months go on.

  10. brettghampton says:

    I don't think TDKR will wrest any box office crowns from "Harry Potter" unless ticket prices dramatically increase before its release. The "Potter" film has more family appeal and probably benefited in no small part from 3-D price increases. Nolan has said TDKR will not be released in 3-D. Additionally, at least one factor contributing to the success of "The Dark Knight" was the untimely death of its "Joker," Heath Ledger, as well as the fact that the Joker was the villain. This movie will have as its principal villain a character few outside the comics know (Bane).

  11. AlmightySI says:

    Jim Gordon's voice in the trailer was as incomprehensible as Batman's was in the last movie. This trailer could have been much more of a tease if they just flashed to Bane's face once. The re-hashing of the other movies was BORING.

  12. arthurrr says:

    After the directors got over the comic book realm of the Batman series, this character and story took on a supernatural realm rarely seen in film these days. Based on the last one, they will have another major film on their hands.

  13. Taharqa says:

    Nolan's pov over Bane's shoulder, the power of the cadence as he approaches the Batman's non engaging the inevitable smackdown is priceless. No threat, no movie. I felt threatened. Anyone walking towards me with a confident business as ususal "I'm about to put a good ole fashion whoopin on you", threatens me. I wanted to throw my laptop down and run!

  14. Jbone says:

    Im gonna go see it at least 3 times. No matter what. I hope it breaks that record. Because harry potter sucks. The Dark Knight Rulz.

  15. Darren says:

    That figure climbing outta the drain looks fairly slim – and also echoes Gordon's lines "New evil rises" CATWOMAN POSSIBLY?

  16. Deangelo says:

    u idiots tlking about boring its a trailer all ppl see now days r action SMH

  17. riddler says:

    It's gonna be the bee's knees yall

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