If you were one of the thousands who went to see Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II, you would have caught a glimpse of the special trailer for the eagerly awaited film – The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight Trilogy. The film is not due for cinematic release until July of next year but with an estimated budget of around $250 million, it is expected to be the best of the Batman films yet. Christopher Nolan directs again and the story takes up where it left off with Commissioner Gordon, played by Gary Oldman,lying gravely ill and begging his crime-fighting friend to return saying “We were in this together, and then you were gone. And now this evil rises. The Batman has to come back.” Batman, played by Christian Bale, had gone into hiding after the destruction caused by the Joker and Harvey ‘Two-face’ Dent was blamed on him. Gotham City is now in turmoil as a new villain, Bane, played by Tom Hardy, is seen in the trailer destroying the cities sky scrapers.
The narrative is voiced by Liam Neeson which suggests that his character Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins may return and you hear him say, “If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, then you become something else entirely. A legend, Mr. Wayne, a legend.” It is thought that this may be Bruce Wayne’s final outing as Batman as he attempts to fight against the superior genetically built anti hero Bane, who appears invincible. In the original comic book series Bane actually breaks Batman’s back but whether he does this in the film we will have to see.
The trailer shows a darker, more sinister look than previous Batman films and in one shot Batman is seen trying to fight against what is believed to be Bane, and coming off worse. The final scenes in the trailer show a crumbling Gotham City with sky scrapers falling in the shape of the Batman symbol, suggesting that Batman may have met his match, once and for all. Others cast members include Anne Hathaway who stars in the film as Catwoman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s plays John Blake. I don’t know about you but I don’t think I can wait one year and two days!
The Dark Knight Rises is due for release in the UK on 20th July 2012.