RUMOR MILL: First Teaser Trailer for The Dark Knight Rises Will Be Attached to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
05.23.11 by BJSprecher
It's hard to tell exactly where this rumor about The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) originated, but as it began to spread around the various entertainment sites that track comic book movie news it began to pick up confirmation from a variety of sources, albeit anonymous sources. Rumor has it that the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's third and final movie in his reimagined Batman franchise will be released over a year before the movie is set to debut, attached to the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on July 15th, even though TDKR will have only been in production for two-and-a-half months by that point.
The rumor has received confirmation from users who frequent IMDB and the unofficial TDKR fan page on Facebook who claim insider knowledge from within the theater industry. But, all rumors and unsubstantiated confirmations aside, it would make sense that Warner Bros. (WB) would attach a teaser of TDKR to Harry Potter in light of the fact that both movies are WB productions and that the first teaser trailer for Nolan's last movie, Inception, was released one year and one day before the movie's theatrical release, attached to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
The Dark Knight Rises was written by Nolan's brother, Jonathan, from an idea conceived by Nolan and David S. Goyer, the writer of both of Nolan's previous Batman movies, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, joined by returning cast members Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Sir Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Nestor Carbonell as the mayor of Gotham City, and Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon. New additions to the cast include Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, Josh Pence as a younger (or mystically rejuvenated) Ra's al Ghul (the elder was played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins), Juno Temple as Holly Robinson, Marion Cotillard as Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as policeman John Blake. Recent additions include Matthew Modine as Nixon and Alon Aboutboul as a "mad scientist," with Tom Conti and Joey King in as-yet-unspecified roles. The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20, 2012.