The Legend Ends is the tagline. I don’t think it can get more specific than that. The summer of 2012 brings the end to the immensely popular and critically acclaimed Batman saga directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale. Following the epic critical failure of the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher led Batman franchise many people, including myself, thought that there would never be a worthwhile live action Batman movie.The film Batman Begins changed all that. Not only was it a worthwhile Batman movie, it changed the way that comic book movies were presented entirely.The film thankfully, presented the character from a realistic, cynical, and dark perspective. Fans finally received the Batman film they wanted and audiences rewarded Warner Bros by making the sequel, The Dark Knight, one of the biggest box office hits of all-time. So I’m sure Warner Bros is more than a little worried about this final installment in the franchise. How does one top such an immensely critically acclaimed and popular film like The Dark Knight? How will fans and audiences take a definitive end of a comic book inspired storyline? Considering comic books are designed to keep going forever What will the Batman brand be left with for Warner Bros after The Dark Knight Rises? All legitimate business concerns that will be answered this summer.
As for the actual story of The Dark Knight Rises, this trailer is the first real glimpse audiences are getting at the plot. What we see here does look interesting thought, to say the least. Catwoman / Selina Kyle seems to be more than the financially motivated cat burglar that the comic book usually presents. If I’m reading it right, she seems to be an extreme protester of the 1%. Does she steal from the rich to give to the poor? As for the antagonist Bane, he looks at least equally intimidating as The Joker, maybe even more so, since he also brings a physically imposing threat to Batman. So my final verdict is…I’m sold! Although, the football stadium sequence does look puzzling. Not sure it looks accurate. But hell… I can live with it. Just for the opportunity of seeing Batman and Bane fighting in a crowd in broad daylight.
The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Micahel Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan. The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled for release July 20, 2012.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, 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.
Official trailer link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/thedarkknightrises/