Before we get to whether or not the teaser will debut this week, the official website for The Dark Knight Rises released the film’s poster. It’s a fairly breathtaking look at the crumbling Gotham skyline, now resembling the Nolan-verse Bat-symbol, perhaps from the perspective of a recently paralyzed, lying on the ground caped crusader. If you haven’t seen it, check out TK’s post and then get back over here.
I never thought the “Why So Serious” Joker poster from the last one would be topped, but this comes remarkably close. Now! Onto further business…
When the very first teaser of the The Dark Knight premiered a year before the film opened, it featured dialogue from the movie over a shot of a gradually exploding from within the Nolan-Bat. It was simple, direct, mysterious, utterly intriguing, and necessary due to the fact that the film had not yet completed principal photography. It was also the first time we heard Heath Ledger’s take on the Joker, and even then, we knew how amazing his (regrettably last) performance would be. Up until then, I think fans had only seen a few unofficial set photos of Ledger in full Joker regalia riding a skateboard. Anybody can be Joker with Hollywood make-up artists and costume designers, but the voice hinted at the role-of-a-lifetime that audiences ought to prepare for, well before the movie proved it.
One hopes, if what SuperHeroHype’s “trustworthy source” says is true, that the 93 second teaser-trailer of The Dark Knight Rises before this week’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II is just as successful. (The teaser is not confirmed, but Forbes is linking to the Government of Alberta’s website as proof of the feasibility, and they’re a lot smarter than me so I’ll go with it.) The timing with the previous movie is pretty perfect, establishing what will undoubtedly be a year of unprecedented levels of marketing for Christopher Nolan’s Bat-Trilogy, and likely U.S. cinema in general - both standard and viral, at least until the inevitable next reboot.
From what’s been revealed up to this moment, it would not be at all shocking for our first glimpse of The Dark Knight Rises to be as minimal as the last, and to set up Tom Hardy’s Bane similarly — some sort of character building dialogue and a killer sign-off by the villain himself, just before something dramatic happens with the logo or title or what have you. Bane is, at this point, the only character we have seen in-costume, and the storyline is likely to center around Batman responding to his antics, even if the character arcs will likely revolve around Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne/Batman and Anne Hathway’s Selina Kyle/Catwoman, so it would make sense for the teaser to follow its predecessor’s path. It’s simply too early in the game to expect anything more right now, though Nolan is himself a jokester, so he might have another trick up his sleeve. Whatever it is, it will probably succeed at, and also fail to, sate the masses’ constant craving for the next Bat-movie.
If you don’t recall The Dark Knight teaser, watch it below. Four years later, it’s still pretty damn affecting:
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the internet radio show/podcast We’re Not Fanboys, and can be Bam!Pow!Zap!’d on the Twitter @RobOfWar. He is planning to see Harry Potter anyway, but for those sitting out that WB franchise conclusion, have faith in the knowledge that if the teaser does debut this weekend, it will likely be a matter of days (hell, maybe even hours) before it appears online - probably here at Pajiba. Thank God for them internets!