The second trailer for The Dark Knight Rises (which has appeared in cinemas, only to be leaked online) promises an intense journey for audiences next summer. The trailer features a cynical Bruce Wayne, Catwoman and Bane – perhaps Batman’s most deadly adversary.
Set a number of years after The Dark Knight, the trailer suggests that Bruce Wayne has hung up the Bat Suit and returned to his playboy lifestyle, following his battle with The Joker. It seems that since The Joker’s departure, times have largely been peaceful in Gotham, but with a burgeoning financial crisis angst is starting to boil over into radicalism.
Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman tells Bruce Wayne “You think this is going to last. There’s a storm coming Mr Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches. Cause 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”.
Bane played by Tom Hardy is the figurehead of the developing chaos.
Despite his brutish demeanour, Bane also appears to be a terrorist-mastermind, detonating an American football stadium. Having caused havoc in public we then witness Bane bent over a bruised Batman. Perhaps Batman has met his match. But the trailer hints that Batman still has some fight left in him, with the emergence of the Batwing and a huge street fight.
While Warner Bros have been careful to protect their assets, fans can witness six minutes of the film in the form of a prologue at IMAX screenings of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The trailer should be officialy released soon for all to see in high resolution.
In conclusion it seems that Christopher Nolan and his team have taken the third Batman film into exciting territory, with their choice of Bane as the villain. The Dark Knight had many people asking how it was possible to top The Joker as a threat to Batman, but it appears that Bane represents a different form of danger. Bane appears primal yet calculated, where The Joker was anarchic and insane. In addition to Bane’s potential danger Batman/Bruce Wayne appears to have become a shadow of his former self, as suggested by Catwoman. How can Batman live up to his past? No doubt, The Dark Knight Rises will answer many thrilling questions.