Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway lead off a one of two new commercial spots for “The Dark Knight Rises” as Warner Bros. gears up promotion for the film’s debut on the heels of “The Avengers.”
The blockbuster Marvel comics movie, which is expected to top $1 billion in box office gross, suggests that the latest Batman movie could pick up where Iron Man, Thor, Capt. America and other Avengers superheroes leave off.
Batman faces is biggest challenge ever when he goes up against the evil Bane, played by Tom Hardy. Hathaway as Catwoman also causes mischief.
The spots flash through a number of movie scenes, most of which have appeared in earlier trailers. The first spot opens with a quick cut of Joseph Gordon Levitt, as police officer John Blake. It shows Bane raising havoc in Gotham and Bruce Wayne, determined to make a comeback as Batman.
“The city needs me. I need you to get me back in the game,” Wayne says to his trusty engineer Lucius Fox played by Morgan Freeman.
The movie opens July 20 in 3-D and IMAX. Check out the spots below: