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In case you’ve been living under a rock, Christopher Nolan and the bean counters at Warner Bros. have been showing off glorious chunks of “The Dark Knight Rises” to media types this week, not only as a 7-minute prologue in front of “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” somewhere in the Middle East or thereaways, but also to a selected group of Internet types here Stateside. Bootlegs of said prologue, along with this trailer, have been leaking all over the net all week, though the qualities have been nothing short of Godawful and Warner has been quick to pull them. Which begged the question: when the hell is Warner Bros. gonna release the trailer already?
Today, as it turns out. With Christmas vacation on the horizon, Nolan and company have decided to have mercy on us and finally release the official full theatrical trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises”. Please to nerdgasm.
The plot finds Batman (Christian Bale), now a hunted man, contending with new villains Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Bane (Tom Hardy) in what is expected to be Christopher Nolan’s final film in the “Batman Begins” trilogy. Also starring Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, and Nestor Carbonell.
The bat rises to kick your ass July 20, 2012.
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