‘Dark Knight Rises’ Trailer Hits the Web [Video]

A short preview of the hotly anticipated sequel includes only a brief glimpse of Batman. Will that be enough to excite fans?

Here’s some irony: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” took down “The Dark Knight” for the biggest opening weekend in box office history, but before that film could play in theaters, moviegoers were treated to the first trailer for the next Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises,” released by Warner Bros., as if to say, don’t worry, the caped crusader will be back.

The Dark Knight Rises may still be a year away, but fans and critics have been given yet another preview of Christopher Nolan’s eagerly anticipated Batman sequel. The trailer, which first graced screens this weekend before showings of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,’ is mostly a 90-second compilation of scenes from the previous two films — but it does contain a few scenes from the new one.

Disappointingly, the trailer doesn’t reveal much. It begins with recycled footage from 2008’s The Dark Knight, intercut with a hospitalized, wheezing Gary Oldman, who plays Commissioner Gordon. “The Batman must come back,” he tells an offscreen figure, presumably Bruce Wayne.

After a sequence that replicates the crumbling Gotham City skyscrapers from last week’s tirelessly dissected poster and a blink-and-you-miss-it glimpse at a fight between Batman and Tom Hardy’s new villain, Bane, the teaser quickly concludes with a title screen reading, “The epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend.”

“We’ve been hanging on to every bit of info” about The Dark Knight Rises, says Becky Kirsch at BuzzSugar, and this trailer “has definitely whet my appetite for what’s poised to be one of the biggest blockbusters” of 2012. Indeed, the carefully chosen shots in the brief video preview “the visual scope of Nolan’s new film even on a tiny computer screen,” says Steven Zeitchik at the Los Angeles Times.

Still, the teaser is “somewhat underwhelming,” says Kevin Jagernauth at Indie Wire. Old footage, “boilerplate text,” and only a quick look at the Caped Crusader makes it “distinctly less memorable” than the successful teasers for the franchise’s previous two films.

Warner Bros. decided not to host the video on its servers, but instead posted it to its Facebook Page. Presumably the studio is trying to amass more Facebook fans to help promote the film. The movie hits theaters in summer 2012 and also features Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. Morgan Freeman reprises his role as Lucius Fox, and Michael Caine returns as Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler and adviser. [via The Huff Post, IB Times and Mashable]

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