Logos: Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, DC Comics, SYNCOPY. Usual stuff
We open with a shot of the Gotham skyline. Looks pretty darn similar to the one from Trailer #2.
Ebeneezer Scrooge slumps about. With the facial hair and burgundy bathrobe, you’d think Bruce Wayne was doing his best Lebowski impression. What day is this?
Big Bane plane close in on puny CIA. “There’s a storm coming,” Selina warns. This looks like it was taken directly from the IMAX Prologue that played in front of MI:4. Granted, my memory’s not perfect. But my bootlegged copy is pretty accurate.
Dissolve to Alfred walking down a corridor in (presumably the rebuilt) Wayne Manor. Also presumably to present Master Beaver Face with his soup and animal crackers. No. Dunkaroos.
It’s worth mentioning that in the wake of Inception, so many trailers popped up with that trademark BWOOOOOOOM sound. So how do Nolan & Co. decide to open here? Softly.
We’ve seen this scene back in Trailer Numero Dos, but the cut is different. And the way she’s wearing that hat looks like she’s trying to lay low.
More bits from the Prologue.
Bane is revealed.
Another angle of the ballroom sequence between Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne. “You sound like you’re looking forward to it,” Bruce responds.
Even more bits from the Prologue. The CIA plane gets hijacked.
“I’m adaptable,” Selina says. Gonna go out on a limb here and guess that applies to multiple areas…
Bane falls toward the camera. Proooooologue.
“FROM CHRISTOPHER NOLAN”
“Who are you?” I believe this is Ben Mendelsohn (of Animal Kingdom fame) but he isn’t credited on iMDb as starring in this. Is he a government mole? A mob boss? Animal masturbator? Probably, that last one. “Gotham’s reckoning.”
Some douchers have already started bitching about how Bane’s voice now sounds too intelligible. Damned if ya do, damned if ya don’t I guess.
On a related note, “reckoning” is an interesting choice as it suggests a kind of settlement, a payment for past debts. What does Gotham owe, though? I pulled that definition from Dictionary.com because as an English major, I’ve gotten to be pretty damn qualified to look up words I should already know.
A recall back to Bane detonating the Gotham Rogues’ stadium. That’s definitely a shot of Mayor Garcia staring longingly into an explosion of light, broken glass and popcorn. Is he in some sort of pressbox at the game? Nolan wasn’t afraid to axe the old commissioner in The Dark Knight, so I wouldn’t put it past Bane at this point.
Those explosions with the SWAT team start making more sense now, too. Perhaps Bane leads police on a cat-and-mouse chase underneath the stadium only to have it explode and crumble on top of them.
I’m not sure where this raid is taking place exactly, but some of it looks to be pulled from those same Trailer #2 shots of Gotham’s elite getting ransacked and dragged away from the comforts of their mansions and Jell-O palaces.
Arguably the biggest surprise in this trailer is how much John Blake features in it. Here, JGL stares in shock as the Gotham bridges collapse in succession. Remember how in Begins the police sealed off the Narrows from any outside help? Apparently that was nothing. CGI or not, this shot is pretty eerie.
Bare feet? Apparently Tarantino has a guest director’s spot in this.
“Did they kill him?” John Blake asks.
Shots of Bruce scaling that wall. I might have been wrong last summer when I assumed this was Bane climbing out of here. I’m guessing Bruce gets tossed in along with a bunch of Gotham’s fat cats. And now he has to climb out on his own. Without a suit. Suck on it, Stark.
“I’m not sure.” Still hard to tell if these two are talking to each other. Judging by that furniture it looks like Selina’s in a waiting room of some kind and seems to be upset. Hospital maybe? Let’s not forget that Gordon will be bed-ridden for at least some of the film as well.
More of battered Bruce. Those blurry closeups of Bane make more sense now. “Why didn’t you just kill me?” Why is Bruce such a buzzkill in this? And why so serious? No? Fine.
“Your punishment must be more severe.” This isn’t a profound guess, but I’m assuming this is right around where Bruce receives Bane’s “permission to die.”
Is this Bruce falling? I don’t know what to believe anymore.
“HOPE IS LOST”
Batman graffiti. This is the same symbol WB used on Monday for its viral marketing campaign which actually lead to the release of this trailer. Irrelevant? Definitely.
“Do you think he’s coming back?” One can only hope, little orphan cherub. One can only hope.
That’s a broken cowl. Falling water in the background looks like the same location as the teaser trailer. This also explains where that badass poster came from.
Who’s Selina looking at through these bars here? There was a similar shot featured in the IMAX sizzle reel but she appeared to be on the outside of the cell. Check out that hand. Is it gloved? Is it Batman’s?
Camouflaged Tumbler in the snow. But whyyyyyyy, maaaaaan?
That’s John Blake getting shoved off some sort of ledge by what appears to be one of Bane’s men.
Hard to tell if that’s still Blake in the second shot, though.
“Why would you run? Bane?” A shot from that stock exchange sequence. Warner Bros. released this still of Bane in a similar place, so I’m assuming these coincide.
“You should be as afraid of him as I am.” That’s definitely Catwoman on a Batpod. Or should I say… Catpod? I’ll stop.
Blake doing his best Gene Kelly impersonation through some deep puddles.
Things a bit chilly, Bane? Some shots have him with no coat, but in others he’s all bundled up. Either this movie runs through quite the seasonal change or severe global warming exists in comic books too.
“FAITH IS BROKEN”
More tank-ness, and explosion-ness. Goodness
“I won’t bury you,” Alfred says. Apparently automatic weapons are no good against a Bat-clothesline.
“I’ve buried enough members of the Wayne family.” Bats is on the wrong side of some kind of fencing or gate.
This is easily my favorite moment from the trailer. Gordon lights a flare in the night, looking for something or someone…
“A FIRE WILL RISE”
But this shot is a close second. Batman atop a Gotham City bridge, cape flowing in the wind. I tend not to drop the “e” word but I’ll allow myself to use it here. Epic.
“You don’t owe these people any more.” I kind of agree, and I’m guessing this is the philosophical dividing line between Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne.
Blake is on the wrong side of… something.
“You’ve given them everything.” Looks like that epi- err grandiose showdown between Batman and Bane is here.
Our first (and only glimpse) we’ve gotten of Lucius Fox. Not sure what he’s computering at there.
Bane and Bats duke it out. Batman looks slow as shit.
“Not everything. Not yet.”
Gordon, presumably watching something take off judging by that hair.
“ON JULY 20”
Selina Kyle drawing from her knowledge of Shawn Johnson-ian martial arts and breaking this doucher’s hand. I have no doubt Rises will feature its fair share of “Holy Shit” moments along the lines of Joker’s disappearing pencil gag, and I suspect this is one of them. The question now is, does Selina escape? Or is she released?
This film has constantly been described as a war film. I’m assuming this is why.
“THE EPIC CONCLUSION”
Now, our first (and only) shot of Miranda Tate. Batman may be on the DL, but Bruce is clearly cranking some homers.
Nondescript military vehicle drives through explosion.
Selina with a sweet kick/takedown. And who’s that fighting with her in the background? Boom.
“TO THE DARK KNIGHT LEGEND”
As you can see, this shot reminds me of Inception. Inceptionesque. And no, that’s not a word.
That shot of the Bat from Trailer #2
Weird flashlight gun.
“THE DARK KNIGHT RISES” We get a new logo here. No more of that rising into the Gotham sky like the previous two trailers. I like the ice (glass?) theme WB has been working with here. The Batman logo in front of the Prologue also showed cracking ice:
“My mother warned me about getting into cars with strange men.” Interestingly enough, she mentioned nothing about armed robbery while wearing stilettos.
“This isn’t a car.” And we don’t need roads, Marty.