The long wait for the Dark Knight Rises trailer is finally over as Warner Bros. officially released the teaser on Monday. Many bootleg copies of the trailer were released over the weekend, as some version of it was shown during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2, but Warner Bros. was active in taking down the copies.
The official version is similar to the bootlegged copies circulating around, though it is much better quality and has a few differences. The overall main themes of both versions are the same, but this version is a little bit longer and adds a bit more context to some of the narration going on.
The trailer starts off with, Every Hero Has A Journey, then has Liam Neeson's Ra's Al Ghul begin to narrate the film. He 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.
Within the trailer, Gary Oldman's Commissioner Gordon pleads to Batman, or possibly Bruce Wayne, that Batman needs to come back to Gotham. Gordon is shown having difficulty breathing and in bad shape at a hospital while speaking.
The trailer then cuts to a brief shot Batman facing off with the massively sized Bane, giving viewers their first view of the villain in action.
Bane had a laughably insignificant role in the widely panned Batman & Robin, but the Dark Knight Rises appears more willing to showcase the Bane -- played by Tom Hardy -- that fans of the comic books are familiar with.
Bane is hyped as a particularly worthy Batman adversary, known for his cunning and for his physical strength. He is best known within the Batman universe for breaking Batman's back during a grueling fight.
There was no sight of Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway, or John Blake, played by Joseph Gordon Leavitt, within the trailer. It's unknown just how big of a role either figures to have in the last Dark Knight installment.