It has arrived! The first teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is sure to send a chill throughout the body of any fan of this outstanding franchise, with the entire crew (plus more) returning for the final film of a trilogy that hasn't let anyone done yet. It'll be difficult to top The Dark Knight, but Christopher Nolan is a man who likes a challenge.
We were hesitant at first when we heard the length of this teaser (roughly a minute and a half), but there's nothing to spoil here. It looks as if Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) is all banged up and in really bad shape (for real this time), and in this teaser we see him clinging onto life inside a hospital while begging Bruce Wayne/Batman to return. The dialogue is a bit unclear, but we think it goes something like this ...
Commissioner Gordon (in the bed): "We were in this together, then you were gone. Now this Evil rises. The Batman.....has to come back."
Bruce Wayne: "What if he doesn't exist anymore?"
Commissioner Gordon: "He must.... he must."
The all-too-brief shots of Tom Hardy as Bane show a formidable opponent for Batman, though we imagine our hero will have other demons to conquer in his final round. No sign of Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) yet, however we imagine Warner Bros. will throw something down at Comic Con and we bet it'll involve the reveal of Catwoman's get-up.
Check out the first teaser at Facebook or via the embed below and let us know what you think. The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters on July 20th, 2012.