It's Thursday today and that means tis time for another treatment of Trailer Thursday. (+10 Alliteration)
There's a trailer or two that have come out over the last couple of weeks that I haven't talked about yet, and I kinda want to! **Remember, watch trailers first before reading - and don't read on if you want to avoid any potential spoiler speculation.**
The Dark Knight Rises. I have never been more excited for a superhero movie. Never. The first theatrical trailer for Dark Knight Rises promises us a great Batman flick, and if Christopher Nolan's previous work is any indicator (Hint - It is) a wonderfully watchable film.
The trailer opens in a favorite style of mine - a running voice over, or in this case the national anthem, that initially appears on screen but then continues in audio form only. The section starts with little boy beginning the national anthem and ends when Bane destroys the field. It's a beautiful choice that juxtaposes an innocent child with Batman's greatest threat to date and at the same time weaves them together with the theme of rising to a challenge, or persisting through one.
Throughout the rest of the trailer we get some establishing dialogue for Selina Kyle/Catwoman though we do not see Catwoman in costume, we see some Batman/Bane fight action, and not a whole lot else. From what I can discern there aren't a ton of story hints here but a couple of shots do raise some interesting questions.
First of all, this shot bothered me the most post-initial-view. It's cool, no doubt, but it just screams 'Summer Blockbuster Money Shot' more than I'm used to from Chris Nolan. I'm sure the actual scene will be tempered with more 'groundedness' but this particular bit was a tiny bit too much pure, refined awesome for my taste.
This next bit takes a bit of inspection, but if you look closely in the reflection of the platter cover it looks like the person limping up to the table is Bruce Wayne himself. This might give some hints as to the timeline of the story. We know that Rises will take place eight years after The Dark Knight. I'm going to assume that this happens near the beginning of the film, though I wonder if Bruce Wayne's injury was actually from Bane or from some previous event not seen in the film.
Finally, I didn't catch this last piece until after a good couple of watches. This is the last shot of the trailer before the title shot and the coming soon text. At first I saw just the Batwing and an unpainted Tumbler. I have to say Tumbler because from this shot there's no telling whether it's actually a Batmobile. Upon closer inspection I see not one, but TWO Tumblers and the Batwing. Who the hell is driving these things? In an earlier production photo we see Catwoman on the Batpod, so that makes a total of four vehicles, but we have at most three heroes/villains to drive them. My money is on Batman being in the flying Batwing, but I really don't have an answer for who got their hands on pre-Batmanized Batgear. Bane's army maybe?
Verdict - I cannot wait even more. Hurry the hell up summer.