Hero Express: New ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Trailer! Plus New Pics & Promo Images

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The Dark Knight Rises Edition!

Man, this movie is getting close. I’ve been kind of blindsided with The Avengers news lately, But that’s in 3 days, so reporting on that for me has pretty much ended. I just want to freaking see it. I thought I felt that way about TDKR as well, until I saw the new trailer and realized how crazy excited I still am for it. Normally I would make you wait to see the trailer until long after I had exhausted my opinions about this or that. But I’ll show you the trailer first, because I’m a nice guy and its a really great trailer.

Yep, I’m still pretty freaking excited. There are a lot more clips from the prologue that played before Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and a lot more of Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman, which I am loving. Also gets into a bit more of the story, which has long been in question. My opinion is we won’t see Bane breaking Batman’s back like the iconic comic, but he will certainly break him and his city. The really cool thing about this trailer is the way it was released.

A viral marketing campaign was launched that had fans around the world finding the chalk symbol of the bat as seen in the trailer in the real world. They looked like this:

Fans were then asked to “Submit photographic evidence of graffiti related to any movement in support of the vigilante’s return. Make sure that location services or store location is on in your camera settings. Report any and all information pertaining to the investigation to the designated contact.” (From SuperHeroHype) As these were found they unlocked screens from the trailer, which was then released in full for your viewing pleasure.

Splashpage reported on some of the cast’s feelings about the conclusion of the trilogy. I’ll throw in some new pics from SuperHeroHype.

“Back in Gotham, back in Chris Nolan’s city,” Morgan Freeman said during a set visit The Los Angeles Times attended. “The only drawback is this is the last one we get to work on with him. And a lot of us won’t really get that until later. It’s not until the curtain goes down that you think, ‘Jesus, that’s the last one.'”

“Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story,” [Christopher Nolan] said. “And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story… unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful.”

Special effects supervisor Chris Corbould likened the experience of working on Nolan’s Batman flicks to working on “The Lord of the Rings.”

“It’s a journey we’ve all been on with Chris; [‘Batman Begins’ was] his first action film and then with the second we made one of the most successful action films of all time. And with the third we hope to make the most successful action film of all time,” he said. “It’s been a mission and it is a mission.”

As the LA Times article states, “the plot and the production have been treated like state secrets,” and leading man Christian Bale has no qualms with that. In fact, he seems to prefer the production better that way, even if it makes the filming process a little more high maintenance.

“Chris likes his secrets, and he keeps an air of mystery about his scripts and his plans. And I like that,” Bale said. “I remember when I first read the script, of course it was all top secret. I went round by Chris’ house, was shut in the room with the script — not allowed to leave with it — and it hit me that this was the last one. What Chris couldn’t believe was how slow I read because I go back and re-read until I have it all in my mind. I was in there six or seven hours. It was dark when I came out. And I was smiling.”

And finally here are a series of promo images featuring Bats and Bane and some of the Bat vehicles from FilmDrunk:

Very cool. I can’t write anymore, I’m too excited.

The Dark Knight Rises into theaters on July 20th.

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