Late last night, Christopher Nolan and his team of gurus revealed the final trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, the last installment from Nolan-Batman era. As many people expected, the trailer offers new footage and an in-depth look at the villainous Bane. Peppered throughout are shots of Anne Hathaway‘s Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.
The trailer opens with Selina Kyle informing Bruce Wayne of the storm that’s headed for Gotham City. Judging from her behavior he asks if she’s looking forward to it, in which she replies, “I’m adaptable”. Since the beginning I’ve been on the fence about Hathaway’s Catwoman, but the more footage and dialogue I see and hear from her character, the more I’m drawn in. We don’t need a reincarnation of Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether or Julie Newmar’s Catwoman, we need Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman, who, judging by appearance, seems to be the most humanistic. It’s interesting that Nolan has decided to start both trailers with her dialogue.
Throughout the rest of the trailer, we receive clips of action, exploding bridges, a collapsing football field and a Gotham city in complete mayhem. It seems that Bruce Wayne, has been in captivity for quite sometime as the people of Gotham wait in utter despair for his return. Unfortunately, the last trailer is a bit light on the action, and about 30% of the trailer we’ve already seen in previous trailers. I hate to compare the two, but unlike Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, Nolan understands that keeping the audience in suspense by not releasing new footage every other day, is best for the overall success of the film.
It deserves to be noted that Nolan’s formula for this trailer doesn’t follow that of the generic action/superhero trailer; instead, Nolan relies on intensity, his usual darker tones and the absence of action shots to pull in anxious audience members and fans. He knows that we’ll be looking for anything to get our little hands on.
Once again, the main and only problem with the trailer is that you can’t understand a damn thing Bane is saying. His first line is muddled completely and his last line is barely audible. You’d think that after people complained of Bane’s voice in the first trailer that the studio would be extra cautious of committing the same crime, but guess again. If this is a problem in the film, which I’m sure it won’t due to Nolan’s eye for perfection, then expect a lot of unhappy movie goers.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple and Josh Pence, The Dark Knight Rises slams into theaters July 20th.
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