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10 New Details Revealed in 'The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer and Prologue [Spoilers]

New plot points uncovered and our guess where these scenes fit into the movie's timeline.

The Dark Knight Rises won't be released in theaters until Summer 2012 but we've been seeing quite a bit of new footage between the official release of the full trailer along with the prologue scene on select showings of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. If you're like us, you've probably watched the trailer a bunch of times already. There is a lot to take away from it.

Below you will see the ten new details revealed from both the trailer and the prologue. Because the trailer seems to jump around a bit and with the other information Christopher Nolan has revealed in interviews, we put together what we believe the chronology of the movie will be. Obviously there will be some possible spoilers but there's also the good chance that we're are completely off target.

== TEASER ==

Bane's Origin

From the prologue, we get a clear look at the man that will eventually break the Bat. We can hear his accent and it sounds like he does still have his Central/South America roots. He is part of a larger organization, most likely as the leader. The CIA is fully aware of the existence of Bane.

Bane's Parallel to 'The Dark Knight'

The prologue deals with Bane capturing and extracting a doctor from CIA custody. This is similar to the beginning of 2008's The Dark Knight where Batman has to extract Lau, a Chinese mafia accountant, in order to deliver him to the Gotham City Police Department. Lau had fled to Hong Kong.

A Different Football Team in Gotham

As readers of the comics know, the only football team in Gotham is the Gotham City Knights. From the trailer we can see the crowd in the stadium cheering for the Rogues. Using 'Knights' might've been too much considering it's in the title of this and the previous films.

Gordon Delivers Two Speeches for Harvey Dent

In The Dark Knight, the public was not aware that Harvey had turned into the evil Two-Face. In the prologue it appears he gives a brief speech. It's not entirely clear when each takes place, whether or not one takes place immediately after his death or on the anniversary of it. From the trailer, it can be seen that he is most likely giving the speech in the early Fall as there is mention that the Mayor is going to "dump him in the Spring" and we later see Batman and Bane fighting in the snow.

Batman is Seriously Injured

There's been speculation and rumors that Bane won't simply break the Bat but will actually break his back, as in the comics. Because we have that fuzzy "eight years later" time period Nolan has mentioned, we can't be completely sure when this injury takes place. There are several scenes in which Bruce is seen using a cane. It could have been possible that he was merely using the cane as a decoy in public to possibly explain his absence in Gotham but in the image above, it does look like he's the only one in the room.

Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle

At a masquerade ball, it looks like Selina and Bruce's first meeting will be reminiscent to the scene in Batman Returns. She calls him, Mr. Wayne, and this scene takes place after his injury as he does have the cane at this party.

Catwoman is on Bane's Side?

As Bruce and Selina dance, she gives a little speech.

You think this is going to last. There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches. Because when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.

With later scenes of Bane and his men causing havoc and destruction, it feels like too much of a coincidence that she's not aligned with him or aware of his plans in some way.

Bruce is Trapped in a Prison

Could this possibly be Santa Prisca? From the teaser trailer, Bane could be seen climbing out of a deep tunnel (which is also seen here). Going back to the eight year time change, the question is, how much time did Bruce spend in this prison (which looks to be modeled after Chand Baori)?

There is another scene in which it looks like an immobilized and beaten Bruce Wayne is at the mercy of Bane in this prison.

Bane simple tells him the following"

When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die.

This could be after Bane breaks him and carts him away to this prison in order to put the next stage of his plan into motion.

There are Multiple Tumblers

Because of the camouflage and the fact that there is more than one, Wayne Enterprises must have licensed out their tech to the government. If Bruce was away for a long period of time, it's possible the board of directors could have made the decision in order to make a profit or even save the company.

The Batwing is a New Vehicle for Batman

Along with the multiple tumblers, it looks like Wayne Enterprises has been pretty busy. Because it's all in black, clearly it belongs to Batman and hasn't been licensed out.

What About the Timeline?

Here's where we speculate even further. We could simply sit back and just wait for the actual movie to come out but after watching the trailer over and over, there's no way you can't try to make sense of it all. And that's probably just the way Nolan wants it.

The prologue scene takes place first. This is where Bane is establishing himself and the beginning of his bigger plans. He needs Dr. Pavel and gaining him from the CIA's custody is just the beginning.

There is peace in Gotham City after the Joker and Two-Face's reign of terror. Once again we have that eight year time to consider. Is it eight years after The Dark Knight or does a period of eight years pass during this movie?

At the end of the teaser trailer we see Batman and Bane fighting in a warehouse or alley. This is the moment where Bane breaks him and takes him away.

Bruce is left to recover in the prison. Also in the teaser, we see Bruce is doing push-ups. Because Bane's plans aren't complete and he wants Batman to see him destroy Gotham, locking him away while he's broken is a way to keep him out of the way and also lets Bane move his plan forward.

At first it appeared that Alfred is in the prison with Bruce. Many have been saying it's another actor which would make more sense.

Once Bruce has recovered, he finds a way out of the prison and returns to Gotham, still needed the cane to walk.

The dance/masquerade portion is next. Not only does Bruce meet and talk to Selina, but also Marion Cotillard.

Despite what we've been told, we all believe that Cotillard is actually Talia al Ghul.

The party is attacked by Bane's men. Commissioner Gordon is here doing his best to save the day but most likely this is when he is injured, as seen in the teaser trailer.

After the attack at the party, Bruce (or Batman) visits Gordon in the hospital. This is where Gordon tells him they need Batman again.

Bane proceeds to break out some criminals. These could be his men or simply more criminal thugs he can use to burn down Gotham. They proceed to attack the football stadium to continue their attack.

Bruce overcomes whatever obstacles have been keeping him from dressing up and we have the return of Batman. He gets the Batwing and then fights Bane on the steps of the courthouse.

After that...well, let's stop right there.

Could this be how The Dark Knight Rises will play out? If you need to see the trailer one more time, check it out here.

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Posted by PikminMania

Maybe.. All I know is that this movie will destroy Marvel's Avengers movie.

Posted by Fhiz

That's Tom Conti (actor's name) with Bruce in the prison.

Posted by Steps

The "R" in the Rogues sign reminds me of the R in Robin related covers

Posted by Hector

and Spider-Man

Posted by PrincessSolaria

Wow, amazing

Posted by pahphoenix

Maybe Bane is going to crash all of Gotham like in No Mans Land. That also explains the falling buildings in the poster logo. That would be awesome.

Posted by azza04

Really excited for this, yeah I reckon it will blow the Avengers to pieces.

Posted by Danial79

I'm sure Nolan knows what he's doing, but the trailer didn't really do much for me. I'll still see the film, but I wouldn't say I'm excited for it.

Posted by Whisper_

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo pumped for this.

And Anne really impressed me in the brief amount of footage that we've seen her in.

Posted by cattlebattle

There is loads of shots of Bane and soldiers descending and climbing out of a hole like setting...similar to the original entrance to the Batcave (Bruce boarded it up)...will this place be a sanctuary or the entrance to a prison

Posted by ninjadude853

Between this and the Avengers movie, this year is going to kick ass.

Posted by webling

What about JGL? I could have sworn I saw him in the trailer.

Edited by RainEffect

I was thinking - that shot of Bruce bloodied and beaten is the first time in ALL movies that we've seen blood. Nolan hasn't used blood in any of his movies, that's why, for me personally, it was really shocking to see Bruce beaten and bloodied.
 
Furthermore!
 

With later scenes of Bane and his men causing havoc and destruction, it feels like too much of a coincidence that she's not aligned with him or aware of his plans in some way.

That's because it will be Bane and Catwoman against Talia and Batman! <3
 
Don't you make that face at me, CitizenBane.
Posted by MyronLee26

@Steps said:

The "R" in the Rogues sign reminds me of the R in Robin related covers

That was actually done on purpose, to give a little nod to Robin.

I havent seen anything about this movie that has wowed me yet

Posted by sora_thekey

I'm still not sure about Anne Hathaway as Selina...

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Posted by Edamame

@RainEffect said:

I was thinking - that shot of Bruce bloodied and beaten is the first time in ALL movies that we've seen blood. Nolan hasn't used blood in any of his movies, that's why, for me personally, it was really shocking to see Bruce beaten and bloodied.

Well, there was a scene in Batman Begins in which Bruce was bleeding (rather profusely) in his stomach area after Ra's al Ghul burned his residence down to the ground.

Posted by fbdarkangel

Awesome! :)

Posted by raider17

what about joseph being John Blake

Posted by RainEffect
@Edamame said:

@RainEffect said:

I was thinking - that shot of Bruce bloodied and beaten is the first time in ALL movies that we've seen blood. Nolan hasn't used blood in any of his movies, that's why, for me personally, it was really shocking to see Bruce beaten and bloodied.

Well, there was a scene in Batman Begins in which Bruce was bleeding (rather profusely) in his stomach area after Ra's al Ghul burned his residence down to the ground.

Cheers for reminding me! Still, I have to give it to Christian Bale, he really portrays a beaten Bruce Wayne well. I seriously felt my heart go out to Bruce in that image.
Posted by shawn87

Interesting theory. Looking forward to seeing how it actually plays out

Posted by jrock85

This is going to be epic.

Posted by Mayo88m

@Danial79 said:

I'm sure Nolan knows what he's doing, but the trailer didn't really do much for me. I'll still see the film, but I wouldn't say I'm excited for it.

Yeah, the trailer didn't do much for me either. I dunno just didn't seem as epic as what the second one was. I'm sure this will still be a great movie, but my fervor for it isn't near what it was for The Dark Knight. I'm also kind of iffy about Catwoman in it, I dunno something about her costume at that party seemed incredibly campy to me, and the Batwing seems extra far fetched for something that's supposed to be based in reality.

Posted by mbembet

what Alfred said in the beginning of the trailer is without a doubt the best line ever

Posted by OracleX

Damn. When they give a release date I'm going to have to hit Fandango the minute tickets are available. It will BATMAN VS. THE AVENGERS! I don't think it is a fair fight.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Absolutely loving all the footage!

Posted by RedR0bin

This movie is going to be the bees knees of CBM's, but where does Ra's al Ghul fit? Is he just a flashback?

Posted by entropy_aegis

@Mayo88m said:

@Danial79 said:

I'm sure Nolan knows what he's doing, but the trailer didn't really do much for me. I'll still see the film, but I wouldn't say I'm excited for it.

Yeah, the trailer didn't do much for me either. I dunno just didn't seem as epic as what the second one was. I'm sure this will still be a great movie, but my fervor for it isn't near what it was for The Dark Knight. I'm also kind of iffy about Catwoman in it, I dunno something about her costume at that party seemed incredibly campy to me, and the Batwing seems extra far fetched for something that's supposed to be based in reality.

This will top TDK,that's why Nolan returned.To show he does'nt need Joker.

Posted by Edamame

@RainEffect said:

Cheers for reminding me! Still, I have to give it to Christian Bale, he really portrays a beaten Bruce Wayne well. I seriously felt my heart go out to Bruce in that image.

Definitely. There is a lot of emotion in these films. That is one of the many reasons why I like them.

I also like how Catwoman's quote pertains to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Posted by perry_411

@Steps: It is Robins R, the extra asked to do so, andv they allowed it

Posted by johnny_spam

I think Anne Hathaway looks fine as Catwoman at some point it sounds less like people are worried about casting and more that Nolan hired one of the most mainstream actresses. Bane looks really interesting as well I could understand what he was saying fine he really does seem like he has his own crazed followers like Joker or real life terrorist groups.

Bruce's arc seems like it is going to be tough to see he looks like he's been through Hell and Alfred can see it.

Posted by TheWitchingHour

Everything looks fantastic. Still can't stand Anne Hathaway as Catwoman though. Marion Coitillard would have kicked ass as Selina. But we will have to wait and see how it plays out.

Posted by Mayo88m

@entropy_aegis: Not saying it won't, and I hope it really is an epic movie. I'm just a little apprehensive about it right now is all I'm saying.

Posted by zombietag

gordon levitz??

Posted by PrinceIMC

I'm just wondering if the scenes in the prison are flashback to before Bruce became Batman. He could have spent some time in Santa Prisca before he was in the prison where he met Ra's from Batman Begins.

Posted by BlackArmor

"And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest heroes were united against a common threat!" and that threat was The Batman Movie which threatened to destroy marvel comics with its shear awesomeness and so the avengers assembled to attempt to combat this awesome movie but unfortunately they were crushed and Batman reigned supreme

Posted by Mechy

I like much this…. That it makes this GOOD! But that makes best one strong but I like that chido!

Posted by moywar700

where's robin???

Posted by vandinejd_1991

I have a question about Bane. In the comics he is this massive hulk of a man who was able to lift Batman up like a twig and slam him on his knee thus breaking his back.

However the Bane from the Dark Knight Rises does not seem that bulked up

Does this guy really look like someone who could break Batman's back to you?

Posted by UrmanitaRules

@PikminMania: You're damn right it will. Spider-Man looks bad-ass too, but nowhere near Batman's level. Come on, people, it's THE GODDAMN BATMAN!!!!

Posted by Chibi-Iroh

Thats not Alfred

Posted by _Zombie_

Excited for the movie, just hoping it's a good end to the trilogy.

@RedR0bin said:

This movie is going to be the bees knees of CBM's, but where does Ra's al Ghul fit? Is he just a flashback?

My guess? He'll be behind all of it, and maybe be the one who put the idea in Bane's head to destroy Gotham.

Posted by PikminMania

@vandinejd_1991: I have a question for you. Have you ever heard of CGI?

Posted by DMC

@PikminMania said:

Maybe.. All I know is that this movie will destroy Marvel's Avengers movie.

are u sure about that?

Posted by Gambit1024

I still stand by my odd theory that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character will replace Bruce Wayne after he dies at the hands of Bane or Ra's Al Ghul.

I'm also hoping that his character's name will be in fact, Dick Grayson.

Posted by MrErbac

I don't understand the big deal about this movie. I'm just glad this will be it so they can get Batman rebooted. Hopefully the next Batman will be close to the comics like the Micheal Keaton ones. Not just dark with a screwed up storyline like these Nolan movies. Also can't take Bane seriously with that stupid mask and the fact he's being played by an average sized guy. He had an injury, that's the explanation for the mask? Nothing wrong with the mask in the comics.

Posted by MrErbac

@vandinejd_1991 said:

I have a question about Bane. In the comics he is this massive hulk of a man who was able to lift Batman up like a twig and slam him on his knee thus breaking his back.

However the Bane from the Dark Knight Rises does not seem that bulked up

Does this guy really look like someone who could break Batman's back to you?

Nope. He's too puny. In fact, Bale is taller than this guy. Nathan Jones should've played Bane.

Posted by Deadcool

=3=*

Awesome

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I have to say I think this movie is going to be great. Can't wait to see what happens.

Edited by johnny_spam

@vandinejd_1991: He built up allot for this movie in another role Tom Hardy was in Bronson he was a monster he can be believable as a threat to Batman.

@MrErbac: The Keaton movies Batman killed criminals without hesitation Joker killed his parents and he fell in love with a woman too fast and revealed his identity to her I can understand wanting another film series closer to the comics but compared to the older ones these are a bit closer.

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