Record fans turned up on Thursday night to catch midnight showings of the first official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. The anticipating Batman fans, in the process, drove the Harry Potter movie to a $43.5 million opening box office night.
A large number of the crowd, however, stayed back to watch the Potter movie even after the Batman trailer was over. The $43.5 million box office set a midnight opening record for both a movie trailer and a movie.
The Dark Knight Rises trailer kicked off with a series of cut-scenes from Batman begins. Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson) says, “If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, then you become something else entirely, a legend, Mr. Wayne, a legend.” The titles “Every hero has a journey” and “Every journey has an end” is then seen flashing across the screen.
The scene then rapidly shifts to Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) in a hospital bed with an oxygen mask and appers to be dying. He whispers something like “We were in this together, then you were gone. Now, there is evil rising. The Batman must come back.”
Later Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) himself can be heard in the offscreen saying “What if he doesn’t exist anymore?” Gordon goes on to reply, “He must, he must.” Then a glimpse of Bane (Tom Hardy) is shown and buildings are seen falling down as it is in the poster. The concluding title says “The epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend.”
There is a possibility that the opening night Dark Knight Rises trailer could have actually led to a massive opening box office weekend for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Comicbook.com reported.
Watch the official Dark Knight Rises theatrical video below: