Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Matthew Modine, Morgan Freeman, Juno Temple, Josh Pence
Release date: July 20

Does it still suck knowing that we’ll never get another chance to watch Heath Ledger dominate as The Joker? Absolutely, but everything about The Dark Knight Rises' pre-release hype machine thus far, namely the most recently released, chilling, and final, trailer, promises tons of compensation. Set eight years after the events seen in 2008’s financial juggernaut, The Dark Knight, director Christopher Nolan’s third and final Caped Crusader blockbuster appears to be the series’ darkest chapter, with Bane (Tom Hardy, looking monstrous) leading an uprising of convicts, deviants, and other troublemakers (including a potential Batman ally in Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway) in the streets of Gotham.

Both Nolan and Christian Bale have made it clear that The Dark Knight Rises will be their final Bat-film as director and star, respectively. And you know what that means: This could very well be our last chance to see a great movie based on DC Comics’ iconic character before Robert Pattinson gets cast as Bruce Wayne in a youth-minded reboot. In this case, parting won’t only be equivalent to sweet sorrow—barring any unimaginable disasters, it’ll surely be badass superhero euphoria.

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