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The Dark Knight Rises teaser underwhelms

TheDarkKnightRises.jpgWhy most are very excited about The Dark Knight Rises teaser, I felt rather underwhelmed, and I even felt that I could be watching a very well constructed fan teaser, once again. However after watching the teaser and reading the blurbs with the teaser it's clear that this is meant to be the real thing.

I actually wonder if it would have been better just to see Christopher Nolan come on the screen and say he was delivering a third film because this teaser does little else.

Of course that's what a teaser should do, but apart from the quiet Commissioner Gordon speech at the beginning which sets the positions of the characters and how we will begin the film, there's nothing to build tension or excitement.

Sure there are a couple of shots of Bane, but we've seen more of him on the web site tease that was released a little while ago, a lot more, and that face off between Batman and Bane that we see is just too little and for me it didn't deliver any excitement. I mean I know its Bane and we know they'll face off.

Here's the blurb and teaser before I go too far into it.

The blurb for The Dark Knight Rises is really a roll call of the people who worked on the film:

Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' The Dark Knight Rises is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar winner Christian Bale (The Fighter) again plays the dual role ...of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar winner Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) reprises the role of Lucius Fox. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer...

I love the character explanation for Christian Bale, just in case you are new to the franchise. Anyway, that's not the important part, this is.

I guess the introduction speech is the most interesting bit as we see Gordon trying to persuade the reluctant Wayne to return, but I found the visual of the city and the symbol the most interesting thing. The symbol is inverted, for it's the city that's in darkness and the bat symbol that's the source of light, usually the symbol is black, and as we rise up to the symbol the city is crumbling around it. I liked that and it had a lot more to say than anything else that came after it, and while the Gordon speech is good, it feels like it's a continuation of what he said at the end of the last film.

Don't get me wrong though, I'm really excited for the film, I just think this teaser could have been a lot better.



First version I saw of this teaser I was convinced it was fan-made. We don't get such a good look at Oldman on the bed, the voice could have been imitated and the video was so dark I couldn't see Batman and Bane at the end.

Let's hope the real trailer redeems this one.

What can I say, I guess I'll be in the minority here, but I like it.

It looks like this will be the closest we will get to Dark Knight Returns, without it actually being.

Its a teaser, and it seems to set the tone pretty well. The bigger questions aren't answered, and neither should they be, its not the Castaway trailer after all.

Well I understand the difference between teaser and trailer, but a teaser has to offer something that we haven't had so far and what with the end of the last film and the material on-line we don't have anything new, that's why I'm feeling unmoved.


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