The official version of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” finally hit the Web (today), a week after a shaky bootleg version went viral. It was worth the wait.
The teaser was shown immediately before screenings of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ on Friday (July 15).
One or more enterprising fans filmed it while it was previewing in the theater and posted an unofficial version on the Web.
Fans scrambled to find it online, while Warner Bros. busily exerted copyright claims to bottle up the renegade footage.
The official clip, at a minute and 35-seconds, is longer and has a few more details.
Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and his voice can be heard on the clip.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a new ally in the Gotham Police Department.
Anne Hathaway should add some spice as Selena Kyle, aka Catwoman. And, foxy French actress Marion Cotillard will play Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises employee.
As the clip opens, the words, “Every Hero Has A Journey” appear on a blacked out screen.
Then a voice-over intones: “If you make yourself more than just a man. If you devote yourself to an ideal. You become something else entirely. A legend Mr. Wayne.”
Commissioner Gordon, (Gary Oldman), appears pleading for Batman’s help while lying on a hospital bed with an oxygen mask stapped to his face.
“We were in this together,” he says. “Then you were gone. Now this evil rises. The Batman … has to come back.”
Bale’s voice cuts in with an ominous reply: “What if he doesn’t exist anymore?”
“He must! He must!” Gordon gasps.
The scene cuts to the Gotham City skyline. Buildings morph and crumble, captured on the film poster released earlier this week at DarkKnightRises.com
The film will be Nolan’s third and final Batman movie, after “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” which set box office records, so you can imagine how high fan interest is in the sequel.
The clip ends with a stand-off between Batman and Bane, with a another fade to black screen with the words “The Epic Conclusion.”
Check it out below: