RE-RUMOR: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Trailer Attached to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2?
07.09.11 by BJSprecher
Back in May, a rumor began circulating that Warner Bros. (WB) planned to attach the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR), to the final chapter in WB's highly successful Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Now, with Part 2 set to open in just under a week, the rumor has popped up once again. According to SuperHeroHype, a "trustworthy source" has revealed that a 93-second teaser for TDKR will run before screenings of the last Harry Potter movie and that a teaser poster for the movie will also pop up in theaters during the movie's opening weekend.
When the rumor first started back in May, we were a little skeptical. After all, TDKR only went into production in early May, and Nolan is notoriously secretive about his movies. However, considering WB plans to skip this year's San Diego Comic-Con, releasing a teaser with Potter will be the studio's best opportunity to get people hyped for the movie. Plus, there is some precedent for WB pairing Nolan movies with Harry Potter: the first teaser trailer for Inception was released one year and one day before the movie's theatrical release, attached to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Assuming the rumor is true and a TDKR teaser will be attached to Part 2, the question becomes, "What will it reveal?" Well, if Nolan stays true to form, the teaser will reveal quite a bit, as evidenced by the teaser trailers for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
Nolan and David S. Goyer conceived the story for TDKR and the screenplay was written by Nolan's brother, Jonathan. 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 the villain Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, Josh Pence as (a younger or simply young-looking) Ra's al Ghul, Juno Temple as Holly Robinson, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Matthew Modine as Nixon and Alon Aboutboul as a "mad scientist." Tom Conti and Joey King also star in as-yet-unspecified roles, with Liam Neeson rumored to cameo as (the elder or elder-looking) Ra's al Ghul.