Even for a movie coming out in less than eight months, The Dark Knight Rises has already taken fans by storm.

According to reports, Warner Bros. has announced that The Dark Knight Rises trailer was downloaded more than 12.5 million times within the first 24 hours of its release on iTunes Monday, breaking the record of over 10 million set by the trailer for The Avengers, which was released on iTunes in October.

The Los Angeles Times reports that The Dark Knight Rises trailer broke the record for most combined downloads through the iTunes Movie Trailers site and the iTunes Trailers iOS app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch after being uploaded to iTunes at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

Certainly, judging from the popularity of the trailer, the anticipation of the film and the fact that the film itself will be the final one in Christopher Nolan's Batman film trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises may possess the capabilities of grossing more money than other 2012 competitors such as the The Avengers, The Hobbit and The Amazing Spider-Man. It can probably even give its predecessor The Dark Knight, which was released in July 2008 and grossed $533 million in the United States and over $1 billion worldwide according to Box Office Mojo, a run for its money.

The Dark Knight Rises, which opens July 20, 2012, stars Christian Bale as Batman, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, and also includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and more.  

Although the trailer, which displays Nolan's knack for making such trailers, is memorable, the most memorable scene of the trailer might be current Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward running for a touchdown as the field behind him fissures. If you haven't already checked out the trailer for yourself, then view it below (or download from iTunes here) and write your feelings about the trailer or anything else about the movie in the comments section.