Trailer Park | The Dark Knight Rises

Its predecessor was the biggest film since Titanic. Can The Dark Knight Rises live up to the hype? And will Catwoman and Bane match up to the late Heath Ledger’s inimitable Joker?

Batman (Christian Bale) and Bane (Tom Hardy) duke it out in the final chapter of Christopher Nolan's gritty follow-up to The Dark Knight.
Batman (Christian Bale) and Bane (Tom Hardy) duke it out in the final chapter of Christopher Nolan's gritty follow-up to The Dark Knight.

The long-awaited trailer to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises - follow-up to 2008's hugely successful The Dark Knight - is finally here.

Judging by the new trailer, Gotham City will once again be assailed by a large-scale threat, this time taking the shape - and a large shape it will be - of Tom Hardy's Bane, with supplementary villain Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) - aka Catwoman - sidling up to our hero, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) in what will probably develop into a love-hate relationship.

Speculation has been rife as to what turn the final chapter of this particularly gritty approach to Batman would take, though by the looks of it, Nolan will continue to tap into the global zeitgeist by creating a story that incorporates something akin to the Occupy protests to go along with the standard superhero yarn.

This ambitious move is hardly surprising - in The Dark Knight, the late Heath Ledger's villainous Joker was an embodiment of anarchy, wreaking terror on Batman's Gotham City in a way that served as a timely response to the ongoing war on terror... striking a particularly raw nerve since it arrived in summer of 2008 - the twilight months of George W. Bush's presidency.

The film's ensemble cast will be completed by Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Aidan Gillen. Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson will also be reprising their roles from the two previous films in the series.

 

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