The amount of news to get through today I thought it would never end, but I saved the best till last! After a teaser trailer a few months back, some viral videos, a six-minute prologue in IMAX cinemas and some bootlegged trailers over the weekend, Warner Brothers have now officially released the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises! It’s a belter, dark, moody and intense as Hell, just as I hoped it would be. In fact, it could not have been any better and my excitement levels are through the roof and out the window! Why oh why can we not ignore Christmas, ignore New Year and pass on the next six months and wake up on 20th July 2012, sat in the biggest cinema screen imaginable waiting for the film to begin! Oh dreams eh?
We must be patient, and Nolan is a cruel man teasing us SO blasted early, but boy does he have people’s attention. There can be hardly any movie fans on the planet who do not know that this mega, epic film is coming! The word of mouth on the six-minute prologue has been very positive too, and there is no doubt the finished film will rule the summer blockbuster season. Also, thanks to the trailer we now know what the Hell all that bizarre chanting is about. There were rumours they were chanting “Arkham Arkham”, there were rumours about it meaning something about “the fire rises” and many other speculations. The trailer explains that it means “rise”, although in a different language, and it would seem it is Bane’s followers chanting it, creepy stuff indeed.
Speaking of Bane though, here is where Nolan could be facing an problem. Those who have seen the six minute prologue have expressed concerns over Bane’s speech. With his mask on, apparently it is very difficult to make out what he is saying. If you want proof, watch the trailer and there is a bit where Bane says to Batman “when Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die” It is extremely muffled, and while it is OK for a ten second clip, I am not convinced this will work for an entire film. Don’t get me wrong, I admire Nolan’s bravery, but if you have to spend the whole film REALLY listening to the point where you miss others bits, then the fun will be taken out. I have read suggestions that Nolan adds subtitles for when Bane is talking, and although nothing has been said on Nolan’s part, it does seem like a good idea. Anyway, let’s not look at the negatives, let’s look at the trailer, right after some brief info on the film:
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.
By Matt Wavish