The Dark Knight Rises Trailer: Dark, Painful and Epic

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A third, full-length trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has been released, painting a startlingly bleak portrait of what the final chapter in Christopher Nolan's trilogy will look like when it hits theaters July 20.

The new trailer offers myriad shots of Gotham crumbling amid widespread chaos and anarchy, along with an extended glimpse of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, a new Batwing and much, much more.

The bleakness of the teaser is what stands out, however, especially amid the backdrop of The Avengers' release this weekend. The Dark Knight trailer below will be shown in theaters prior to that film. Here it is:

Christian Bale, obviously, reprises his lead role as Bruce Wayne/Batman, facing off with Tom Hardy as the creepy villain Bane in the follow-up to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).

The Dark Knight Rises also stars a plethora of big screen giants: Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, the great Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon.

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The Dark Knight Rises Quotes

Selina Kyle: There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you're all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.
Bruce Wayne: You sound like you're looking forward to it.
Selina Kyle: I'm adaptable.

Jim Gordon: We were in this together, and then you were gone. Now this evil...rises. The Batman has to come back.
Bruce Wayne: What if he doesn't exist any more?
Jim Gordon: He must. He must.

The Dark Knight Rises Review

Only a filmmaker with Christopher Nolan’s majesty can pull off a two-hour and 45-minute finale and have us still wanting more as The Dark...

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