New Dark Knight Rises Trailer goes live

Warner Bros.has released its first full-length trailer for Dark Knight Rises. If you went out to see the new Sherlock Holmes film this weekend, you’ve already seen it, but for everyone else, here it is.

The recent promotional material, including this trailer and the recent posters, seem to be leading us to believe that this film will depict an end of the Batman story, not just another case, but the last great case for the dark detective.

In addition. we get a nice monologue from Selina Kyle (played by Anne Hathaway) in which she makes it clear that class divide is going to be a major theme, at least of her sub-plot, if not the entire film.

Indeed, her speech sounds like something that could have originated from a domestic terrorist involved with something like a violent version of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Of course, the film was written long before OWS was trending, but it’s obviously not a surprising theme in today’s worrying economic climate. Hopefully it doesn’t get too preachy, but I’m pretty sure we don’t have anything to be concerned about on that front.

The trailer also arrived with this extra-long, name-filled, plot-free synopsis:

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 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 winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar 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. 

Dark Knight Rises hits theaters on July 20, 2012.