The long-awaited trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises" is out, and it reveals that football is a more dangerous game than we ever thought.
In the trailer's best scene, villain Bane (Tom Hardy) booby-traps a football stadium (reportedly Heinz Field in Pittsburgh), and as a receiver races to the end zone to score, the entire gridiron slowly blows up behind him, with the defenders chasing him just falling into nothingness. Apparently the end zone itself is sacred ground, because the player scores safely, turns around, and sees just a gigantic hole where the field once was. Talk about running for daylight.
It also turns out that gazillionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is among the one percent (as if prefacing his name with "gazillionaire" didn't clue us in).
In a dance scene, Selina "Catwoman" Kyle (Anne Hathaway), teases Wayne with these words: "You think this can last. There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne, and when it hits, you all are going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us." Sound a little Occupy Wall Street to anyone else?
Other scenes feature Bane rasping in an utterly creepy but very difficult to understand voice, loyal Alfred expressing his love for Bruce, some hints at trouble for Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and an overwhelming sense that this film is going to break some major movie attendance records come summer.
Bane is one terrifying villain. Heath Ledger's Joker's insane mind games were hard to surpass, but here we have a villain (known as "The Man Who Broke the Bat" for his spinal-cord smashing antics) who is sheer physical power with his own blend of complete insanity. For those who thought Batman movie villains would head downhill after Ledger's death, think again. Seven months to go.
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