The trailer for Christopher Nolan’s final installment of his ‘Batman’ trilogy is finally here.
And I’m a bit confused.
The trailer starts on a sober note, with a boy singing the national anthem at a Gotham Rogues football game — side note: they were typically the Knights in D.C. lore. Michael Caine’s voice comes through in a pained meter. Some plot elements involving Gary Oldman’s (brilliant) Commissioner Gordon are revealed. And then all hell breaks loose in a calculated build that unearths Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle, or Catwoman.
It’s definitely not as subtle a trailer as Nolan’s previous ‘The Dark Knight.’ It’s got ambitious CGI shots, a whole fustercluck of mayhem and madness in Gotham City, so we know that Nolan’s not going to pull any punches with this one; he’s swinging for the fences.
But what caught my eye about this trailer was the development of Tom Hardy’s Bane, Batman’s baddie in this installment. Nolan and screenwriter David S. Goyer stayed pretty close to the characters typical origins. Compared to Heath Ledger’s Joker, Bane is pretty young in the comic book lexicon — about as old as me — which isn’t saying much.
Despite 1997’s ‘Batman & Robin,’ Bane’s never been addressed on film. And even in that 2 hour eyesore, he uttered only a few lines, most of which were “BANE!” In comic lore, Bane’s a rarity, an evil, conniving tactician and brutish juggernaut. I’m glad that the film will take that approach — both a intellectual and physical counterpart to Christian Bale’s Batman, the bane of his existence, if you will; hence the name.
The trailer was satisfying, if not confusing. Hathaway looked (almost) as good as Julie Newmar’s classic Catwoman from the 60’s TV serial, and it even featured a shot of Pittsburg Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.
Sure, there’s some confusion. But that’s what a trailer’s meant to do — make you want to see the movie. Despite the fact that I’m definitely already going to see it, I don’t have an overarching sense of where it’s going. On the other hand, there are some beautiful shots that look completely riveting and I’m excited to see how those pieces fit in. Bane looked good. It’s difficult to make what was originally a Lucha Libre mask right. I’m excited to see what Hardy and the rest have come up with.