Movie News for Movie Noobs: Dark Knight Rises

Written by Whitney Slightham July 19, 2011


Rising Intrigue

Your Dark Knight Rises’ teaser trailer is here!


Last week I mentioned that a trailer for the upcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, would be released during the previews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. For those of you who are in no rush to see the Harry Potter film, however, We Eat Films has got Warner Bros. Pictures’ official teaser trailer right here for you to view.


If you’re thinking: “What the heck did I just watch?” — Read on.

This trailer, as you’ve just realized, is extremely vague. As a pretty severe Batman fan, I cannot say that I am dissatisfied or overly excited about this teaser. Above all, it effectively does what it was intended to do; and that is to tease.

For Batman Noobs, who enjoy the films but don’t really follow the canon, I will explain the most important facets of the trailer so that you can better understand the last 1:36 minutes of your life.

The guy in the bed:

It’s difficult to tell for sure, but it certainly resembles a battered-up James Gordon, played by Gary Oldman. Commissioner Gordon, father of the Oracle (formerly known as Batgirl until the Joker paralyzed her), is not only one of the few individuals who knows Batman’s identity, but is also one of Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friends. Batman and Gordon often collaborate on missions to disband the evil forces that strive to corrupt Gotham City.

In the trailer Gordon seems to be severely injured, possibly due to hand-to-hand combat with one of the villains of the upcoming film, Bane. From his hospital bed, Gordon serves as inspiration for Bruce to continue battling corruption even in the face of terror and doom. For those who are not familiar with the Batman canon, Bane is one of the only characters which has outfought Batman.

At one point in the comics, he actually breaks Batman’s spine over his knee with ease. With this in mind, I think that it is safe to say that, in this film, Bruce will have to fight fear, doubt, and discouragement before effectively dealing with Bane. This internal struggle should reveal new depth to Batman’s character, as he second guesses both his abilities and his duty to Gotham.

The guy with that thing on his face:

This creepy looking roid-hound is Bane, played by Tom Hardy. As previously stated, Bane is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Below is an illustration of what a quarrel between Bane and Batman looked like in the comics. It will be interesting to see how this is played out on screen.

The falling buildings:

There is no doubt that the film’s Poster image, posted here last week, of Batman’s logo carved out of a cluster of decaying buildings is also integrated into the trailer. This imagery of literal collapse is obviously intended to reflect the defilement of a Batman-less Gotham. As a form of pathetic fallacy, Batman’s internal struggle affects the external world, presumably allowing a villain like Bane to conquer.

What’s missing?

Catwoman! I understand that Warner Bros. Pictures did not want to give away too much, but they could have had something to express Catwoman’s role in the next film. Perhaps her lack of presence indicates that she will not be a focal character. On the other hand, they probably wanted to centralize the teaser on Batman and Bane. Below is an image of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

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