The Dark Knight Rises Trailer 2
Since I did a summary/analysis of the Dark Knight Rises Prologue, I figured I’d better do one for the trailer that dropped, too.
You can see it in full at the end.
We know from an interview with Nolan himself that The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after The Dark Knight. It seems from the trailer that in that time, Batman has successfully brought peace to Gotham.
He’s a war hero… this is peacetime.
Apparently he’s not the only one who thinks so. We next see Selina Kyle dancing at a masquerade ball (3 guesses what she comes as) with Bruce Wayne. She whispers to him,
You think this can last. There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because once it ends, you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.
This fits with the Selina Kyle we know from the comics. She’s a thief, but one with a conscience. The echoes of the Occupy protests are hard to miss; apparently, all is not as well in Gotham as we first thought. Enter into this time of peace and tranquility the new villain: Bane.
We don’t know for sure what Bane’s motivation is, but his goal seems clear: he wants to reduce Gotham to rubble. We see an absolutely stunning attack on the Gotham Rogues stadium (which is actually Heinz Field in Pittsburg; the Rogues are the Steelers – Heinz Ward has a nice cameo in the trailer).
We also see Bane orchestrating a prison break, which is exactly what he does in the comics. In the Knightfall storyline, Bane releases everyone from Arkham and then lets Batman run himself ragged for a month putting them all back behind bars. After a month of 1-2 hours of sleep/night and overexerting himself, Bruce Wayne is utterly exhausted. Bane – who knows Batman’s secret identity – finally reveals himself and breaks Batman’s back in one of the most iconic panels of comic history.
It seems that we’re going to see Batman broken again. We see someone walking with a cane at the beginning – it could very well be Bruce Wayne. But more telling is a scene in which we see a Bruce Wayne in very bad shape laying on some sort of bed. Bane is standing over him and says,
When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die.
That scene, combined with the prologue’s final clip – Bane dropping a broken Batmask – indicates that Bane will break the Batman. But I don’t think that will be the end.
The rest of the trailer is clips of action. We see more Tumblers, the Batplane and more. With all that said, here are some looming questions the trailer raises:
1. What role will Harvey Dent play?
I’ve argued since The Dark Knight came out that Two-Face isn’t dead. And it seems that even though we’ve jumped 8 years into the future, Harvey Dent isn’t forgotten. Gordon eulogizes him, and a picture’s been released of Bane holding up a picture of Dent. Will Two-Face return? What could this mean for the larger story Nolan is telling?
2. What will Catwoman do?
In the comics, she’s morally ambiguous at best. She may love the idea of playing Robin Hood at the beginning of the film, but my bet is that Selina will come around, and the Cat will be instrumental in helping the Bat save Gotham.
3. What’s with that prison thing?
We see Bruce in some kind of elaborate prison-like structure. At one point, all the inmates are chanting the phrase we hear over and over in the trailer. When Bruce asks what it means, another inmate replies only, “Rise.”
It can’t be a coincidence that Bane’s cult of followers speak so often about “The Fire Rises”. The chant is obviously associated with Bane both in the trailer and in the viral campaign so far. This prison is most likely some sort of League of Shadows place Bane sends Bruce to. But while the Batman will be broken, he will not stay there. The white title screen and the title hint that Bane will ultimately be foiled and that the Dark Knight will Rise once more.
What did you think of the trailer? What’s your take on The Dark Knight Rises?