It’s starting to look like Christopher Nolan is going to tease us all the way to summer. A little more than a week after the director wowed audiences with his The Dark Knight Rises prologue, there’s a new trailer offering even more of a taste — however brief — of the upcoming film.
Brief, but enticing. The clip (above) begins by reminding us that Gotham is now in peacetime and Batman/Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) has been laying low for eight years. Then it gives more grit to the villainous Bane (Tom Hardy), who unceremoniously pulls the trigger on a bomb-rigged football stadium.
The new trailer also teases Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, although, since she’s seemingly out of her suit, she’s Selina Kyle in this clip.
“There’s a storm coming Mr. Wayne,” Kyle purrs in Bruce’s ear. “You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”
From there it seems like all-out battle, with the collapse of the football field at the stadium, Bane leading what looks like a prisoner escape, all those battles in the streets that we’ve seen in leaked photos from the film’s sets, and that chant we’ve been hearing since the beginning. (Did Alfred say it means “rise”?)
“When Gotham is ashes,” Bane tells Wanye. “You have my permission to die.”
An epic conclusion, indeed.
The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20, 2012. You can see the new trailer in HD on Apple’s website.