Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Chris Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises'!

July 18, 2011
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The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Trailer

Every journey has an end… It's finally here, the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, the end of his epic Batman trilogy! This debuted in front of Deathly Hallows: Part 2 over the weekend, but Warner Bros waited to unveil it online until today via Facebook. As expected, it doesn't show much, but it is a great early tease for a movie that I know everyone is already ecstatic to watch, even though we've got a year to go and they're still shooting. Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne, with Gary Oldman as Gordon, plus Gotham newcomers Tom Hardy, Anne Hathway & Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Watch the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises:

The Dark Knight Rises finishes the Batman saga begun by Christopher Nolan in 2005 with Batman Begins.

The Dark Knight Rises is once again directed by Oscar nominated British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight and Inception previously. The script was co-written by Christopher & Jonathan Nolan (The Prestige, The Dark Knight), from a story by Chris Nolan & David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight). Warner Bros is bringing The Dark Knight Rises to regular and IMAX theaters everywhere on July 20th, 2012 next summer. The Fire Rises!

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EPIC... the bane standoff was simply brilliant

rocKKicker on Jul 18, 2011



BeachBum850 on Jul 18, 2011


Holy shit balls!!

kinks! on Jul 18, 2011


Wait for that...when it hit the theater it will breaks again the record

Gana on Jul 18, 2011


its totally not wrong that i am a little turned on by this.

Seth Von Oberle on Jul 18, 2011


I don't know, The Avengers trailer looked really awesome. TDKR may have tough competition. 

Nmghnghasdfa on Jul 18, 2011


No it won't. People that go to see The Dark Knight Rises are going for the (hopefully) breathtaking cinematic experience. The Avengers? So you can see the toys you played with as a child be ruined by guys who benched 300lbs and got the part. Not the same.

Tyler Morgan on Jul 18, 2011


Uh, I'm rather a fan of Downey Jr, Hemsworth, et al in the roles. And Whedon will make sure the film has personality, if nothing else. I'm not asking the Avengers to be TDKR; I'm not sure who is. By all rights, they should be two completely different cinematic experiences.

equustel on Jul 18, 2011


And they will both be BAD ASS films! Give me the Batman.

Postogirl2006 on Jul 18, 2011


This has nothing to do with the superhero but the filmmaker who's handling the HERO. We've all seen Batman and Robin and wished we could have our brain washed afterward. I put my trust in Nolan. Period.

Nishit Mohan Singh on Jul 18, 2011


 This has nothing to do with the superhero but the filmmaker who's handling the HERO. We've all seen Batman and Robin and wished we could have our brain washed afterward. I put my trust in Nolan. Period.

Nishit Mohan Singh on Jul 18, 2011


Aside from Iron Man 1, the rest of the marvel films have been terrible. So I highly doubt it will be anywhere close to TDKR.

John Heuer on Jul 18, 2011



BeachBum850 on Jul 18, 2011


I'm a troll for having an opinion?

John Heuer on Jul 18, 2011


And a correct one at that 😉

Ben on Jul 19, 2011


The first Spiderman was "terrible"?

Nate on Jul 19, 2011


I'm talking about the films independently made by Marvel Studios for The Avengers movie. Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor.

John Heuer on Jul 19, 2011



Fuck You on Jul 21, 2011


This has nothing to do with the superhero but the filmmaker who's handling the HERO. We've all seen Batman and Robin and wished we could have our brain washed afterward. I put my trust in Nolan. Period. 

Nishit Mohan Singh on Jul 18, 2011


dude no way The Avengers tops TDKR...its all about the emotion of the film that will make TDKR surpass The Avengers... just look how dark and dramatic nolan's batman series has been its all about the drama and you can see it just by seeing the movies and all the dark, black, night, dull, gray, and dawning colors used; The Avengers and most Marvel superhero movies are too bright and not deep enough on an emotional level and dramatic level

cooper on Jul 19, 2011


unless one the main actors die after filming...this comment feels like hype.... sory until the justice league comes out... avengers all the way baby !

howse the pale ale says on Jul 19, 2011


this surfaced last week......

Harry on Jul 18, 2011

23 a shitty bootleg cam-version with incomprehensible audio. I'm thankful that Alex was patient enough to not spoil it for everyone.

JennyB on Jul 18, 2011


A teaser trailer that made me all kinda moist downstairs?! Fuck yeah!

Tyler Danger on Jul 18, 2011


This is why we go to the movies

NeoSlyfer on Jul 18, 2011


Damn straight! And it's shot (scenes at least) in glorious IMAX, too!

Alex Billington on Jul 18, 2011


good evening ladies and gentlemen. here is 2012's top entertainment. it is indeed, NeoSlyfer. seriously, it's a fine atmosphere-building *teaser* - key character in hospital bed (how?), begging for Batman's return (as are the cinema audience), flashes of a character we have not seen before (Bane), dramatic music, tiny tease of a fight... cut.  there will be many more trailers, i am sure, but for me, i won't watch another. i managed it for The Dark Knight, and my cinema experience was quite wonderfully unspoilered and magnificently entertaining. and here... we... go -

Anonymous on Jul 18, 2011


i'm already camping

Nick Papagiorgio on Jul 18, 2011


Now that's frakin' EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Manuel on Jul 18, 2011


The end of an era. They might as well retire Bats after this one! Can't wait.

Big Boss on Jul 18, 2011


EXACTLY! How on earth will they even attempt to do such a thing, I'll never know...

Tyler Danger on Jul 18, 2011


They might as well... but they wont. We'll have a new batman within a year as WB tries to fast-track a Justice League movie. 😛

Esbanks303 on Jul 18, 2011


O man a JLA flick if done right would tear it up....

Postogirl2006 on Jul 18, 2011


sadly though it could very possibly be ruined because of the fact that WB is gonna push so soon and so hard for a JL movie they're gonna rush into it too fast for it to do well probably and then the WB execs are gonna be pissed at whoever was in charge of JL for "screwing it up" even though its the execs fault for wanting to hurry up such a great subject... i still think the only reason WB is even making a JL movie is because they don't want to be bested by marvel and all that The Avengers has brought along with it

cooper on Jul 19, 2011


Endure, Mr. Wayne!

Rocky Williams on Jul 18, 2011



Anonymous on Jul 18, 2011


Poorly edited, too much pomp in the wording for such a simple teaser. Obviously i dont doubt the movie, but this doesnt really add to the already fever pitch excitement. And im not a hater

Lane on Jul 18, 2011


I agree @63e4f0c7260278178e1bc94549641558:disqus .  The standoff at the end of this teaser was sort of weird.  And I don't like the fact that they used so much footage from Begins.  I think the teaser for The Dark Knight was a lot better and there wasn't even any footage for that.  It was just great lines from Michael Caine, Christian Bale, and Heath Ledger, and some great bg music.  My expectations are still very high for this, because past experience says that Nolan will outdo himself, but this teaser was just mediocre at best.  It's still exciting, but it isn't getting me any more pumped than I already am.

JL on Jul 18, 2011


I agree the Dark Knight teaser was much better. This movie will probably be fine thoguh.

Staatz on Jul 18, 2011


I think everyone who has seen Nolan's batman KNOWS that there is such a slim chance this will fail so the excitement should be already there. He could have simply put a teaser that stated the date and I'd still be jumping. The trailer simply reminds us of the journey we've been on and frankly it's our imagination that should make due of what is to come, and that for me is where all the excitement is and I want it to be. I rather not have a full fledged trailer revealing large portions of what I'm wondering it's going to be.

Matthew Richards on Jul 19, 2011


Clip of Bruce getting prepped for Bane  = brilliant. Make it 2012 already!

Anonymous on Jul 18, 2011


Loved the analogy between Batman and Bane origins... the tone is set...

Dreckent on Jul 18, 2011


Darker please. DaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaRRRRRKer.

Crapola on Jul 18, 2011


There is something fundamentally wrong about seeing Gordon in a hospital bed! :[ Love this teaser.

equustel on Jul 18, 2011


who/what is in the top right in the last shot when batman is backing away?

Boris on Jul 18, 2011


noticed that as well, my first thought was some kind of fellow inmate trying to take out batman.

rocKKicker on Jul 18, 2011


Bane chasing Batman away. There is genuine fear in Batman's face

WB Exec on Jul 18, 2011


i don't want to make myself look like an idiot, but it looks like a guy in a green outfit, i won't do it.

Thomas Stalcup Jr on Jul 18, 2011


It was Harvey Lee Oswald

MajesticXIII on Jul 18, 2011


needs more bane 

kwame adansi on Jul 18, 2011


Yeah yelped in theaters. When the title faded in i got chills, it didnt help that the next cut showed Bats not looking entirely confident squaring up with Bane.  MY GOD THIS IS IT!  Movies are great, especially when they make me feel like a kid again with excitement.  Man its been to long. 

Navix101 on Jul 18, 2011


Harry Potter is simply setting the benchmark for the records this film WILL break...Is there any other comic book character driven film that will be more anticipated? Nolan and his team have set the standard for what fans should expect when characters such as these hit the big screen, and none have yet to match the effort. 

Leandro Vega on Jul 18, 2011


Need to see Catwoman till im sold.

happy camper on Jul 18, 2011


Aside from the corny screen cards I think it's great.

Anonymous on Jul 18, 2011


Can't wait for it, seriously! But I noticed the music is now only by Hans Zimmer. So, no more collaboration with James Newton Howard?

Rags 'n Ram on Jul 18, 2011


That fight is going to be SICK!

Cruzer on Jul 18, 2011


What are they chanting?

B.N. on Jul 18, 2011


yeah what is that?

Conrad Williams on Jul 18, 2011


I read it means the fire rises somewhere..?

Postogirl2006 on Jul 18, 2011


It doesn't necessarily mean "the fire rises." That confusion stems from the fact that there's a hidden message saying "#TheFireRises" within the audio of the chant which can be found by using an audio spectralyzer. You can read more about how this was discovered here: cc @twitter-189749851:disqus 

Tyler Hayes on Jul 19, 2011


It sounds like they're saying "Matalo! Matalo! Bane Bane!" which means "Kill Him! Kill Him!" in Spanish. 

Tater on Jul 19, 2011


Brake a back ehm leg Batman

Anonymous on Jul 18, 2011


My thought exactly. Is Bane going to break Batmans back? Could open it up for Azreal though I highly doubt it

Darren_kowall on Jul 19, 2011


Is that Bruce Wayne that Commissioner Gordon is talking to? Kinda sounds like his voice when he responds....

Conrad Williams on Jul 18, 2011


Yeah, it sounded like that.  Maybe he brings Gordon into the loop.  The old circle of trust and all that.

JL on Jul 18, 2011


i think he does too... Gordon's monologue while they are showing all those past scenes are probably more convo with Bruce/Batman because then Gordon says they need Batman again but Bruce asks what if he doesn't exist anymore...i find it hard to believe that this wouldn't be Gordon discreetly talking to Bruce knowing Bruce and Batman are the same...but it seems like Bruce is almost trying to ask it in third-person (if that makes sense) like Gordon found out on his own rather then Bruce told him; just a guess anyways

cooper on Jul 19, 2011


In The Dark Knight, I believe Gordon already had his suspicions of who Batman is.  Just think back to the Lamborghini scene where Wayne saves the accountant's life and then he and Gordon have that short exchange and Gordon gives him looks.

JL on Jul 19, 2011


That wasn't Gary Oldman doing the monologue, it was Liam Neeson.  Those were lines from Batman Begins. I do agree that it sounds like Christian Bale who replies to Gary Oldman in the scene with the hospital bed.

Jedi on Jul 20, 2011


OMG  I'm so exited!

Brian on Jul 18, 2011


jost got chills all over my body...

Navid Sasono on Jul 18, 2011


Nolan isn't really known for happy endings.  Does anyone think that he'll be doing it Knightfall style? 

Brian Ricci Movie Review on Jul 18, 2011


Has anyone from the films production actually confirmed Anne Hatheway will play catwoman, and not just Selina Kyle. They could easily have her play a jewel thief, even expanding into her giving her stolen wealth to the poor, and never get into costume of her alter ego.

Jmdecker2010 on Jul 18, 2011


Why would they just use Selena Kyle and not Catwoman?  It's not like they're setting up the character to be used in a fourth movie.  Unless maybe they have Marc Webb lined up to continue the series.....

Jedi on Jul 20, 2011


Trailer was so weak.. pumped for the movie for sure, but this definitely isnt getting me any more excited

Cory Lind on Jul 18, 2011


Excellant for a teaser, not as good as the dark knight joker teaser but that was a one off. Would like to see some of JGL's character, I have a feeling he will have more then a cameo.

tir na nog on Jul 18, 2011


if this does'nt get you excited, then you need viagra.

Josue Anaya on Jul 18, 2011


Awesome! I saw this yesterday when I went to HP Part 2.   The more I hear that chant; it is beginning to sound like they are saying 'Arkham! Arkham! This is Arkham!' does anybody else thinks so? Plus with a rumour floating around Liam Neeson is reprising his role as Ra's Al-Ghul in a flashblack-of-sorts I was thnking Bane could be introduced as a his successor/protege for The League of Shadows. That way it would easily tie in with Bane's background from the comics....just a thought.  Do you think Nolan would go back to the League of Shadows storyline?

Ron on Jul 18, 2011


I think it would be great if he brought it full circle like that.  That's just good narrative.

JL on Jul 18, 2011


I have to say now that I listen, i hear it. but it could be me looking for it.

Thomas Stalcup Jr on Jul 18, 2011


Must change shorts. 

JJ King on Jul 18, 2011



D6 on Jul 18, 2011


I hope they don't have Gordon knowing who Batman is.  Was it after or near the end of No Mans Land when bruce offered his identity as a sign of trust but Gordon wouldn't look? (Even though he may have already known) Although maybe he knows now, havent read in about 18 months i think Anyway, Batman Bane face off was a very unexpected surprise there nice montage of the film posters here...

Ross on Jul 18, 2011


Now that is a bad ass poster!!!

grapefruit on Jul 18, 2011


I'd buy it

Ross on Jul 18, 2011


That poster is cool as fcuk !!!

D14Bat on Jul 18, 2011


Not even sure if its official.  saw it here:

Ross on Jul 18, 2011


It's all up to Anne Hathaway, only SHE will MAKE or BREAK this film. Like Bane to the Batman's back lol!  Anyone agree???

AP on Jul 18, 2011



silkyjonstonboi on Jul 26, 2011


OMG! Nolan, You comlete me!

Dueceswild222 on Jul 18, 2011


Is it wrong that I just put my mouth all over my monitor? 

Quanah on Jul 18, 2011


the teaser looks ok. the problem with nolan's films is that people get hyped up thinking that its a atg film but the film invariably is a let down. honestly who remembers the plot to inception or batman begins?

Para on Jul 18, 2011


I totally remember the plot to both movies. Very bad argument by you, sir.

Rico on Jul 19, 2011


para - no offense but; what are you babbling about? i remember the plots and wasn't let down by the films - especially the batman vids.

Anonymous on Jul 19, 2011


Para is a good troll guys dont feed him, either that or he just downright has the worst taste in movies in history.

Cody W. on Jul 19, 2011


Your a fucking idiot and a Troll.

A Villa88 on Jul 19, 2011


See the cat eyes? I didn't at first but now I don't know how I missed them

RobNZ on Jul 18, 2011



Tom Anderson on Jul 19, 2011


In the white bat symbol above the buildings

RobNZ on Jul 19, 2011


I think the chanting is arabic, Bane must be head of the accult. 

dim2thesum on Jul 19, 2011



Nate on Jul 19, 2011


Epic.  And that in just the teaser trailer.  

Anonymous on Jul 19, 2011


That was a weakass trailer...horrible horrible teaser. blah

Nate Carroll on Jul 19, 2011


I agree Nate, what was so good about it?I still can't wait to for another year to see it though...

jah p on Jul 19, 2011


Holy crap! This flick is gonna kick major ass!!

Spider on Jul 19, 2011


can anyone please post what exactly was said by Gordon in the teaser? hopefully line by line....thanks! would appreciate it for sure!

bat fan on Jul 19, 2011


- We were in this together, then you were gone…….Now this Evil rises. The Batman…..HAS to come back.- What if he doesn’t exist anymore?- he must...he must..

MajesticXIII on Jul 19, 2011


Am I the only one waiting for Batman to be a detective? I loved the Dark Knight movie by itself, but come on, people. The entire series is one of the most horrible adaptations from comic book to film that I've ever seen. I don't care how great the Joker was, or how cool it is to see Batman knock a guy out with his forearm, but where's the mentally and physically perfectly fit guy that even other heroes fear? I mean fuck, can't we have both the cool fighting and the detective at the same time? This isn't a Batman movie; it's a Bruce Wayne movie. It's fucking shit. And even as a movie series, Bane? Why the fuck is BANE the bad guy? He's only known for breaking Batman's back in the comic and being an physical beast. Is this going to be how Batman becomes a smart guy? When he has to use logic to beat a complete monster at physical confrontation? I fucking hope so. Let's all just cross our fingers and hope Nolan fixes his shitty adaptation by ending it like the Smallville finale fixed all the continuity errors.

Phil on Jul 19, 2011


sorry phil but comic book movies will only live in our dreams :/

Anonymous on Jul 19, 2011


He who watches Smallville should never be allowed to comment on Christopher Nolan's work.

MajesticXIII on Jul 19, 2011


Yes, because removing a broken up bullet from a wall finding fingerprints on it and using that to figure out the jokers assassination plot on the mayor or finding out who was going to kill the wayne enterprise snitch near the end of the film is totally not dectative work at all.

mike on Jul 19, 2011


Still Not Sold....Batman Begins was so/so and TDK was carried by Ledger. So this film has a pretty high mountain to climb in my book.

.................. on Jul 19, 2011


Wait a minute, Dark Knight Rises + Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey + 23rd 007 = Badass 2012. Count me in.

Jez on Jul 19, 2011


Then let Chris Nolan do a reboot on Transformers and Avenger Franchise, it will be breathtaking and really serious. like the batman series was a joke before but with Nolan's batman is really serious. Alright Mr. Chris Nolan please reboot Transformers and Marvel universe for us please

Hansolo on Jul 19, 2011


You're asking for MORE Transformers?

Phil on Jul 19, 2011



howse the pale ale says on Jul 19, 2011


it won't be as serious as the bat man films, Nolan based the batman series  in relation to as possible real life hero as batman: no superpowers just $$ and resources, transformers and marvel are not capable of being as serious as the batman films................... transformers for me went down the drain with Revenge of the fallen and dark of the moon, as for marvel meh their alright

Anonymous on Jul 19, 2011


its done 😀 yes yes yes yes yes oh yes 😀

Anonymous on Jul 19, 2011


Will bane break batmans back in this one? that would be bad ass!

Drayzoe on Jul 19, 2011



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JL on Jul 20, 2011



Mr Durp on Jul 19, 2011


I am not worthy. I am not worthy. All hail, Chris Nolan!

Queenbillina on Jul 19, 2011


This movie is gonna cliffhang harder than the top in Inception. "Conclusion" my ass. Nolan doesn't conclude.

Voice of Reason on Jul 19, 2011


Was in Spain during the release of HP2....hyped up after hearing the news of the trailer i was shut down just as fast when it never showed up..-_- Thankfully you guys managed to get it 🙂 kudos

Castro on Jul 19, 2011


Gonna be hard to top The Dark Knight....maybe impossible....

Cbarnicle on Jul 19, 2011


OK, nerds, buckle in... Who says thats Oldman/PCGordon speaking through the breathing mask?? Who's to say it's NOT Hardy/Bane speaking?!? Jo-GL, HathaCat, Coil?tard....the man behind a BREATHING mask looks younger and blonder than PCG will be since we saw him last & could've been "in it together" with ANYONE...............

Voice of Reason on Jul 20, 2011


It's SUCK.....That I have to wait a whole year for it!!!!

TTumMM on Jul 20, 2011


Anyone know the song in that trailer?

Vinnie Cipollone on Jul 20, 2011



Croniccris on Jul 20, 2011


Im looking more forward for The Rock vs John Cena at Wrestlemania 28 just my opinion tho.

CM Punk on Jul 20, 2011


2 birds 1 stone as both happen in 2012, so you get your wish.

Jez on Jul 21, 2011


The intro reminded me of The Phantom Menace trailer... But the Nolan-Batman movies have been great so far, so it's not a worry.

Anonymous on Jul 20, 2011


another boring movie from boring director.

Jim on Jul 20, 2011


you must be under 12 and mentally retarded. 

A Villa88 on Jul 21, 2011


Looks like another Chris Nolan hit!

Jackmooney5 on Jul 20, 2011


Does anyone else think that Nolan should take over the 007 franchise after he's done and dusted with Batman?

Jez on Jul 21, 2011


This movie is going to be E-P-I-C!!!!!!!!! However, this trailer lacks something.  I don't know what it is.  Remember the The Dark Knight trailer?  It showed literally nothing, and had that music behind it.  That was intense.  This was good; not great. Also, did anyone notice that James Newton Howard was not listed as co-composer?

Brian on Jul 21, 2011


Must be that "X-Factor" type thing.

Jez on Jul 21, 2011


Did I miss something or is Neeson more than just a rumour for DKR? Throwaway comment on Irish tv that he's filming soon?

Ross on Jul 21, 2011


Why the hell is this going to be the last one?!?! These movies have been amazing and they could make so many more 🙁

Duncan1979 on Jul 22, 2011


why is bruce in prison? part where hes doing push ups ...he has a beard and behind bars with two prison gaurds in the background?? wonder whats up with that he must have gotten bored and started raping people?

Circusninja25 on Jul 22, 2011


turning old batman shit movies into gold.

Hubleee on Jul 29, 2011


this will be epic, not much to see so far but all looks great so far. i have every faith that nolan can top the dark knight

Gary thomas on Sep 12, 2011

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