Though it doesn't come out until next summer, I've been excited about The Dark Knight Rises for quite some time. The final part of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, TDKR will pick up where 2008's The Dark Knight left off with Batman being hunted as a fugitive in Gotham. Batman was one of my favorite superheroes growing up, and Nolan's movies have brought the Caped Crusader to a new gritty level.
Casting details and teaser posters have been coming our way for months, but this is the moment we've really been waiting for: the first official trailer has been released! Watch it after the jump...
That super-hulked masked man Batman is so terrified of at the end is Bane, played by Tom Hardy, who is famous in the comics for breaking Batman's back. Also making their trilogy debuts in TDKR is Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Gotham detective John Blake.
And since the Internet is a wonderful place, someone has masterfully cut a version of the trailer with scenes from Batman: The Animated Series. Fantastic.
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters in Summer 2012.
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