UK Release Date: 20th July 2012.

Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that brands him an enemy.

It’s the final chapter to Nolan’s brilliant Batman trilogy and one of the most hyped movies of the year but I can’t help but feel that this is a rather underwhelming trailer. Perhaps it’s because The Avengers trailers were full of action and style and all of the current hype is all about that, but there are still some interesting things to consider from the trailer.

Some things never change and even eight years on from The Dark Knight, Batman is still talking in the same voice and it’s still annoying. On the subject of voices though, Bane’s seems to have been improved after the negative reception of the first trailer (or perhaps that was just a bad line of dialogue and the rest was alright, who knows?).

It looks as though Catwoman and Batman might just be teaming up to help Gotham, although being Catwoman I am expecting a betrayal in there somewhere but Anne Hathaway, surely, must have put fans minds at ease now as she looks great in the costume and we see her in a couple of quick action shots in the trailer. She wasn’t the fans first choice, perhaps, for Selina Kyle but she looks as though she will do a good job.

There are a few lines of dialogue that could hint at events of the film, or just be red herrings from Christopher Nolan. There is a lot of expectation that Batman and Bruce Wayne will die at the end of this film and with Alfred saying “I won’t bury you, I’ve buried enough members of the Wayne family” and when Catwoman says Wayne has given Gotham everything he replies with “no I haven’t, not yet”… is Batman going to keep fighting until he dies?

And also, why does Joseph Gordon-Levitt get so much trailer time if he is just playing some random police officer; surely he has a bigger role to play, whether it be his relationship with Wayne/Batman or possibly even in the future of Batman.

The trailer asks a lot of interesting questions and gives fans a taste of what to expect. The Dark Knight Rises will be a hit no matter what, but will it be as big as The Dark Knight?

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