Yesterday, the very first official clip from the last entry of Nolan's Batman trilogy arrived online, allowing franchise regular Gary Oldman and new guy Joseph Gordon-Levitt both a moment or two while setting up the eight-years-later setting of The Dark Knight Rises. Similarly, these clips give a supporting newcomer and an old Batman hat their introductions. First up is Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle in a little bit of business seen in past trailers. Then it's Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox showing off a new Wayne Enterprises toy.
Oh and Christian Bale is in both as, you know, Bruce Wayne. The second clip features that familiar playful dynamic between Bruce and Lucius, but the first includes a bit of innuendo courtesy of Selina Kyle. It's interesting, because even though Wayne was in love with Rachel Dawes in the past two movies, that love was notably chaste and idealized. Despite posing as a playboy, this Bruce Wayne has, so far, been pretty asexual, and here he's dealing with a character who actively messes with him.
Obviously, this first video comes from Today, but don't worry, it jumps into the clip straightaway.
Midnight screenings of The Dark Knight Rises kick off in just a week and the film has been screening for critics, so we're likely to start hearing some thoughts from people who've actually seen it. As of yet, there's not one legitimate review floating about on the internet, but it's just a matter of time before that changes in a big way, so for now just enjoy the uncertainty.
In a blockbuster environment that is so often focused more or less exclusively on setting up and continuing franchises based on recognizable intellectual properties, it's refreshing that Nolan's take a property as valuable as Batman has a for-real ending. After all, as Y: The Last Man writer Brian K. Vaughan has pointed out, endings basically give stories their meaning.
The end arrives on traditional and mega-sized IMAX screens next Friday, July 20th.
As you may have guessed based on the headline, the below video was originally intended to be "Batdance," from Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, but since Prince doesn't want that noise on YouTube, you get this excerpt from the movie with the Joker getting into mischief along to "Party Man." Enjoy.