UPDATE: Trailer has been released!
First: holy crap, The Dark Knight Rises trailer and prologue are here! Not officially, unfortunately, but after playing in theaters this weekend, both clips have been old-school bring-a-camera-to-the-movie-theater bootlegged for your viewing enjoyment. And, even in their weakened low-def quality, they're … they're pretty fantastic. In the trailer we watch Bruce Wayne and our other old pals return, and learn that Gotham City, in the middle of a peaceful stretch, is, unfortunately, once again, about to go through some shit. Amidst the fancy parties and fist fights and prison breaks and flying batmobiles, the biggest moment comes from the hands of Tom Hardy’s new villain Bane: as play unfolds in an NFL stadium — and in an effect you have to believe that Wieden+Kennedy are pissed they didn’t think of first — a whole field crumbles in explosions. (Helpful commentary from guy holding camera: “Hines Ward.”) But my favorite part comes earlier, and courtesy new Catwoman Anne Hathaway. As she slinks around in an evening dress on the dance floor with Brucie, she whispers in his ear, “You think this can last? There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches cause when it hits you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.” All day, all week, occupy Wall Street! Meanwhile, the prologue is a whole six minutes from the movie, in which Bane pulls of a daring heist in the middle of the friendly skies and triumphs over Mayor Carcetti. So why is there so much footage being revealed from a movie that's not out until summer? Completely unsubstantiated/unrealistically hopeful conspiracy theory: Christopher Nolan is going to spring this thing on us months earlier than scheduled. [Gizmodo, Twitvid]