• the sandwich

    Can’t wait.
    Love that the dialogue is so LOUD too. Touche Mr Nolan.

  • Padre la Tiempo

    Fapfapfapfap
    Looks like a good crime film but who’s the goofball in the rubber suit?

  • jery

    Nolan used Heat as a boilerplate for the last one. What’s this one, Superman 2, perhaps?

  • http://moviebob.blogspot.com THE MovieBob

    “THIZIZINNACARGH!!!”

  • Ira Parks

    WHIT STILLMAN SAYS…

    I suppose I should see a BATMAN film and see what all the fuss is about. I’ve never seen any of them, from any decade. Do you recommend starting with the Adam West ’66 movie? Is it comparable in tone to these potentially newfangled recent films?

    On the music front, I’ve just found a new, exciting recording artist named BECK. I love new music.

  • Zach

    Goosebumps. First time a trailer’s done that to me since… Tree of Life?

  • DiscoNap

    Did they re-dub Harby with Ian McKellan?

  • coxcable

    And you thought the last one was Occupyish… this one goes live on May Day AND features the stock exchange exploding.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if pretentious Nolan makes Bruce Wayne & the cops the bad guys in this one.

  • Dan Revill

    I like that this trailer comes out just in time for The Avengers. I imagine it’ll be stuck to every screening…just a little reminder of what’s right around the corner.

  • DiscoNap

    coxcable, that’s always been a strain in Batman, and the genius of Bruce Wayne being a billionaire. He’s a 1%’er keeping the others safe from the low dwellers and also keeping Gotham safe from his more depraved peers. Remember Penguin crashing Max Shreck’s party, or him facing off against his doppelganger Black Mask. This is nothing new.

  • Eloi Wrath

    It looks fantastic. For all the talk of Avengers vs. Batman, they’re so obviously distinctly different approaches that it seems absurd to compare them. There’s scarcely any superhero iconography in this trailer. It looks like a gritty, epic, urban crime drama. A world apart from the Avengers. I’m happy that both can co-exist if they’re both good.

  • HarryWarden

    Why does Nolan take this crap so seriously? It is a comic book movie. it should be light and fun, not dark and depressing.

  • coxcable

    @Disconap — To this country, Che & Castro were the Jokers and Pengiuns of their day. :-)

    Also… ending this sturm and drang trailer with an easy joke is a bit of a cheat, hey? Everyone knows Nolan has no real sense of humor, and that his franchise is all but embarrased of its comic book origins. There’s no need to put the toilet seat down now.

    It’s like ending an ad for War Horse with that shot of the goose chasing David Thewlis.

  • DuluozGray

    God, Nolan stinks…

  • Gaydos

    At some point, independence must be asserted.

    What a statement it would make about People Power should no one show up for (fill in name of $350 million Studio blockbuster investment) and then EVERYONE goes to the new Malick or PT Anderson on Day One and pushes one of those into the $1 billion gross column.

    Just for fun. And self-respect.

  • Kakihara

    “These people”? Can’t believe Catgirl’s racist.

  • Nanook

    Wow Duluoz, that was deep. Thanks for the insight.

  • Nanook

    I’ll fully admit I’m Nolan fanboy, but what has the guy done to lose your trust before the movie even comes out? A few mainstream masterpieces not enough for you? If you’ve seen something we haven’t, please, enlighten us.

  • nakedman

    I knew that douchebag DuluozGray would be on her ragging on the trailer.

    Such a bitter, bitter failure.

    Keep your chin up, Duluoz.

  • Mr. Gittes

    The Prince and the City, jery.

  • Rashad

    I love how quiet the trailer is, especially compared to most action trailers these days, Atmosphere over anything else. Can’t wait.

  • Rashad

    Jery: He also said he looked at Fritz Lang’s silent movies. The movie also drew inspiration from A Tale of Two Cities. “The Fire Rises” slogan, is the name of one its chapters.

  • Jesse Crall

    Nolan always delivers a balls-out effort, something even non-fanboys like me can dig. He elevates the possibilities of comic book movies like Coppola did with mob flicks 40 years ago. Great to seen him being so prolific.

  • televisiontears

    “It is a comic book movie. it should be light and fun, not dark and depressing.”

    Ugh. Believing that certain subject matter should be presented a certain way is a fundamental misunderstanding of the possibilities that narrative fictions hold.

    “It’s a cold war movie. It should be suspenseful and reverent, not playful and jokey.”
    -HarryWarden on Dr. Strangelove.

  • Jesse Crall

    “Believing that certain subject matter should be presented a certain way is a fundamental misunderstanding of the possibilities that narrative fictions hold.”

    Very well said, televisiontears.

    “It’s a movie. It should be told in order, not all backasswards.”
    -Harry Warden on Memento

  • Fortunesfool

    Great, another po-faced, misreable Batman movie in which the dialogue consists of little more than actors making dramatic statements at each other, and silly deep voices that pull you out of the film.
    Someone bring back Tim Burton.
    On a related note, The Avengers is effortlessly entertaining, beautifully written, exciting and full of heart and genuine wit. Just saying.

  • York “Budd” Durden

    So many on here are completely FOS and posturing so as to seem like one of the cool kids (ie, every day and pretty much every post around here). This looks thrilling and dark and superinteresting compared to the typical shiny Marvel gloss and CGI fest that is The Avengers. You would-be sophisticates aren’t fooling anybody.

  • Storm Serge

    Wait till they reboot this thing w/o Nolan. Then you’ll really be bitching.

    There is nothing in this entire trilogy as bad as RDJ eating in that giant LA donut or having to accept Scar-Jo as a ninja.

  • Ray

    Hey… I liked RDJ eating in the giant donut.

  • JLC

    So it appears from this that Gordon-Levitt is not the Joker, but the reincarnated Ra’s Al Ghul.

    I liked Begins more than Dark Knight, since Begins had more of the fun Batman trappings. This looks more like the latter. At least it won’t have the muddled ending of Dark Knight. And, of course, it will make boatloads of cash.

    (BTW, what does Nolan have against bridges, anyway?)

  • Ray

    BATMAN NEEDS TO DIE AT THE END.

    There I said it.

    I’ll be disappointed if/when it doesn’t happen. Because clearly the movies (and this trailer) foreshadow it, the story DEMANDS it, but surely the studios pussied out.

    Breaking Batman’s back is the BARE MINIMUM I’ll accept.

    But come on- Nolan has the chance to do something UNIQUE here, something to top the last movie. When was the last time a superhero movie KILLED ITS SUPERHERO?

    The good thing is that’s in Batman’s wheelhouse: Batman can die, but his idea can live on.

    HERE’S HOPING.

  • Alboone

    Oh my God! The thing that jumps out for me is Bane’s voice…fucking chilling. It literally reminds me the first time I heard Darth Vader speak and the chill it sent in the back of my neck. Creepy man. This is gonna take off like nobody’s business. I hope I don’t die before July 20th. I want to see this. NOW!!!!!!

  • drbob

    Begins is also my favorite of the Nolan Bat films. It existed within a comic book universe. With each successive film, Nolan has moved more towards reality, for better or worse depending on your point of view.

    No real money shots in this trailer. Nothing on par with the tanker truck flipping over.

  • Eloi Wrath

    They’re certainly laying on the “CONCLUSION TO THE DARK KNIGHT LEGEND” stuff in all the trailers so far, so a death wouldn’t be out of the question. It’s rare that they’re leaving it so definitively closed to any potential sequels, so credit Nolan for ending it on his own terms.

    I can’t believe some of the negativity on here. Would you have preferred Tim Story directed it? He made some bright and breezy Fantastic Four films.

  • MarkVH

    Looks amazing. Sounds like the same pretentious twaddle as the last one.

  • JLC

    “BATMAN NEEDS TO DIE AT THE END.”

    I’d say there’s about a 10% chance that Bruce Wayne dies or is crippled in this movie, but only if someone replaces him; i.e. if Gordon-Levitt isn’t Ra’s Al Ghul, but some sort of Robin surrogate.

    Nolan is Warner’s “it” guy right now. But his clout will eventually fade. Batman is a billion-dollar property. That takes precedence over story telling fidelity every time.

  • Tristan Eldritch2

    Wells should be happy now that they’ve gotten rid of the eunuch-voiced kid. Probably cut from the movie as well, based on HE clout.

  • Fortunesfool

    @eloi Wrath Nolan is certainly preferred over Tim Story, or any of the other genre hacks like Abrams or Peter Berg. I just wish people would stop banging on about his Batman’s like they’re some sort of cinematic masterpieces. They just don’t feel like they belong alongside the rest of his work. If I had a Nolan marathon, i’d skip the Batman’s.
    I left The Avengers with a big grin on my face. That’s not something that happens very often these days. Fingers crossed TDKR turns out to be great though. We’re long overdue a summer with more than one good film in it.

  • HarryWarden

    Thing is, taking all of this crap so seriously makes the movie almost laughable to those who realize that it’s a comic book movie and not Shakespeare. Whatever happened to fun movies, as opposed to everything trying to be pretentious Shakespearean drama? Nolan is from London and probably never read a Batman comic before he got the job on the first one. He decided to make serious crime dramas and almost make the character he’s adapting an afterthought because he’s clearly embarrassed of its comic origins.

  • Tristan Eldritch2

    “If I had a Nolan marathon, i’d skip the Batman’s.”

    If I had a Nolan marathon, I’d skip everything except Inception.

    Memento – great the first time, but basically an unexceptional noir buoyed up by a narrative gimmick.

    Insomnia – starts brilliantly, falls apart in the last act, and sacrifices all the ambiguity that had made it interesting in the first place for a Hollywood resolution.

    The Prestige – disposable nonsense. About the nature of cinematic illusion, or whatever. Still nonsense.

  • Ray

    “Nolan is Warner’s “it” guy right now. But his clout will eventually fade. Batman is a billion-dollar property. That takes precedence over story telling fidelity every time. ”

    BUT…… they reboot EVERYTHING. And sadly RIDICULOUSLY fast now. The Hulk, Spiderman, you name it. We all know they’re going to reboot Batman soon enough, and nothing in the Nolan telling will be kept.

    Which means I’d put the percentage chance higher than 10%– say 40%– simply because WB will just hit “reset” the moment TDKR is released, and it’ll be like NOTHING ever happened.

  • JLC

    @Ray- “Daddy, I don’t want a Batman action firgure. The big man killed him. I don’t want a guy who dies.”

    They won’t be able to reboot the franchise by Christmas.

  • bents75

    “Thing is, taking all of this crap so seriously makes the movie almost laughable to those who realize that it’s a comic book movie and not Shakespeare.”

    Actually the thing is… everyone DOES realize it’s a comic book movie. That didn’t stop the last one from smashing records. You’re the minority opinion on this one Warden.

    I don’t see anything wrong with making certain movies “fun” and others serious. As others have suggested… The Avengers is basically going for one tone, while DKR is going for another… just like comic books themselves tend to go for one tone or another. If you make Batman film all colorful and jokey and light like the 60’s days, you end up with something like Schumacher’s Batman and Robin which I don’t need to tell you was a steaming pile of shit. Hollywood has already gone that route for the character, and I think most people rightfully rejected it.

    And I’d call bullshit on the Nolan comments also. Being from London has nothing to do with it since he’s an Internationally recognized character, and if all the man wanted to do was make serious crime dramas… why wouldn’t he just make serious crime dramas? No one forced him to spend the better part of a decade making THREE comic book movies. He had more than enough credibility before and after Batman Begins to move onto something else if he really wanted to.

  • TimDG

    Unless this trailer is full of red herrings, it looks like Bane cripples Batman early in the film, Batman disappears for a while to heal, then he returns to take back Gotham. I can’t imagine Batman then being killed. The argument against killing Han Solo in Jedi was that he had already been thoroughly owned by the villains at the end of Empire, so killing him would sort of be double-dipping.

  • J. Ho

    Inception is overrated. The first hour was a complete wase, instruction cinema as I think the Slant review pointed out. It was nothing but explaining.

    So much wrong with it, it was just tasteless. The dull and ugly european-ish setting (of the first hour), the casting of the Juno chick, the boring wasteland city setting level, the kind of dull Call of Duty snow level.

    Inception had some great stuff in it but it’s by far Nolan’s worst film (excluding The Following). If I had a Nolan marathon, that’s the movie I would skip.

  • arispil

    HarryWarden for the top ten stupidest things I’ve ever read on this blog, ladies and gentlemen! a nice round of applause!

  • Ray

    “@Ray- “Daddy, I don’t want a Batman action firgure. The big man killed him. I don’t want a guy who dies.”

    Hahah, that’s great.

    Hey, I only gave it 40%, NOT 100%.

  • Mr. F.

    The trailer’s just OK. What it really needs is a boy singing the National Anthem in a high-pitched, angelic voice.

  • Matt S

    Why must we have this “Avengers” vs “Dark Knight” battle? Both look and hopefully are awesome.

    As for there being no “money shots”, the shot of the “Bat” at the end was pretty awesome.

  • The Bandsaw Vigilante

    Nolan is from London and probably never read a Batman comic before he got the job on the first one. He decided to make serious crime dramas and almost make the character he’s adapting an afterthought because he’s clearly embarrassed of its comic origins.

    Uh…no, he was embarrassed by the gay camp-fantasias that were the Joel Schumacher movies. Difference.

  • Gabe@ThePlaylist

    Why does Catwoman need a mask?

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