Most of the trailers for The Dark Knight Rises up until this point have tended to focus on the apparently unstoppable threat offered by hulking new villain Bane, and there have been strong suggestions that Batman himself isn’t quite the masked crimefighter he once was in the final instalment in Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed comic-book trilogy. If it all seems a bit doom and gloom (with some bloggers even predicting that the caped crusader is likely to meet his maker in the new film), here’s a reminder that Batman movies are allowed to be fun, too.
The latest TV spot for the film may be a short one, but it strikes a rather more upbeat tone than previous efforts, with Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox giving Bruce Wayne a peek at his new aerial vehicle after the latter asks for his help to “get back in the game”. It seems that the Wayne Enterprises research and development department has not been idle in the six years since the events of The Dark Knight: Batman may not be able to fly quite like Superman, but a new toy will nevertheless see him heading up, up and away in the new movie.
Admittedly, Fox might have tried a little harder with the name than “The Bat”, but who cares when you’re soaring above Gotham in a flash of glittering black steel?
Will Tom Hardy’s Bane, or perhaps Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman (who appears to be Batman’s ally but could yet turn out to be another enemy) end up bringing Batman and his new ride down to earth again?
Not long now until we find out: 20 July to be exact, when the film hits cinemas on both sides of the Atlantic.
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