'The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer: Batman, Bane, Catwoman, Explosions and ... Football?

'The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer: Batman, Bane, Catwoman, Explosions and ... Football?

Dec 19, 2011

The second full-length trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has now officially made its way online after screening in front of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol this weekend, giving us a much larger look at Christopher Nolan's final Batman film. That look includes Batman returning to Gotham to help defend it against his toughest adversary yet: Bane (Tom Hardy). And Bane doesn't come alone -- he brings with him an army of soldiers willing to wreak havoc on the streets of Gotham, including its football stadiums as fans get a lot more than they bargained for during one game (like the entire field blowing up).

But we also receive some enticing dialogue from Anne Hathaway, playing Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman). Naturally her chat with Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), as they dance close together at a masquerade ball, falls somewhere between seductive and threatening, but that's what we expect from her character. Will she be a villain? A romantic sidekick? Both? Other brief glimpses of Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Matthew Modine are exactly that -- brief glimpses. There's no further plot to reveal in this trailer; it basically serves to set up Bane and show us just how crazy this guy is, and how difficult it will be to defeat him.

Watch the trailer via Apple in HD or in the player below and let us know what you think. We'll bring you an embed soon. The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters on July 20th, 2012.

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