What is it about this year's crop of superhero movies that feel a cut above films from years past? Avengers is great and I don't doubt that the Dark Knight Rises will deliver. The jury's still out on the Amazing Spider-Man, but I have every hope that it will be good despite the Lizard not appearing to be all that interesting of a villain (but that's just my uninformed opinion from what I've seen so far). I expect we'll be seeing a new Amazing Spider-Man trailer in front of the Avengers this week (this Dark Knight Rises trailer will be in front of it as well), so I hope that any Spidey reservations I might have are squished quickly and easily.
As for this Dark Knight Rises trailer, it looks absolutely delicious. We get more Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), a bit more Bane (Tom Hardy), and glimpses of Batman’s supporting cast, played by Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine. And we actually get a bit more Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) than we do the Dark Knight, but that’s okay. However, I hope that Batman doesn’t disappear into his own movie as much as he did in the last one with Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker soaking up all the attention. It’s that along with the way the film is written and shot that makes me think of this less than a superhero film and more a crime drama that happens to have a guy wearing a bat costume in it.
Of course, regardless of how it it’s thrown together and projected onto a screen, I’m there opening night at midnight to see it. Will you?
And do you think this film has a chance of living up to its predecessor?