“We looked back to the silent era of motion pictures when the image was paramount, when all you had was the scope and scale of the location. That’s the kind of storytelling I was interested in exploring,” this quote will perhaps define Christopher Nolan’s vision for The Dark Knight Rises. In the ever-escalating world of big effects and CGI landscapes, one man is looking back in order to move forward. And luckily for us, he just so happens to be making movies about Batman.
In two new featurettes, the scope of The Dark Knight Rises has begun to come into focus. Nolan’s quest to bring things full circle in The Dark Knight Trilogy, as its been aptly called, includes several massive set pieces and stakes provided by a villain who has the potential to be a real terror. “Some men just want to watch the world burn,” says actor Tom Hardy, quoting a line from The Dark Knight. “Bane is the guy who wants to come and pull the pin on the grenade.” And in order to stop him, a hero must rise. And even before that, we all must watch these two new featurettes — one 13-minute piece that revisits the world around Bruce Wayne and another 2.5 teaser spot. Those who want to see the movie with fresh eyes may want to avoid these, but those who have seen trailers already aren’t exactly going to find a whole lot in there that can be considered a spoiler.
The first featurette, courtesy of the Dew Gotham City promotion, is but a tease:
The second is 13-minutes of setting the scene for the epic finale:
The Dark Knight Rises releases in theaters and IMAX on July 20th.