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July 19, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
To say expectations are high for The Dark Knight Rises would be a Wayne Manor-sized understatement. After all, following up the fourth-highest grossing movie in U.S. history isn’t easy.
However, if the film trailers are any indication, the final installment of director Christopher Nolan and actor Christian Bale’s trilogy will not disappoint. The official trailer, which has already garnered more than 21 million hits on YouTube, suggests the film will be the epic conclusion Batman fans have been anticipating.Related Articles
The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after The Dark Knight with Gotham still in shambles. This time, it is Bane (Tom Hardy), a chiseled behemoth who talks like Darth Vader, orchestrating all the madness. In the series’s darkest chapter, Bane leads an uprising of convicts and deviants in an effort to turn Gotham into ruins. Catwoman, played by a skin-tight-catsuit-wearing Anne Hathaway, makes her first appearance in the series. Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine all return to help the caped crusader.
Both Nolan and Bale have said The Dark Knight Rises will be their final Batman film together, and rumors circulating online suggest there will be a definitive end to the blockbuster series. What does this mean for the iconic DC Comics superhero? Will Bruce Wayne simply hang up the Batsuit, or will he finally meet his match in the menacing Bane? Soon, you’ll have the answer.