New <i>Dark Knight Rises</i> Trailer Traces Journey of Bruce Wayne

Warner Bros. has released a new full-length trailer for The Dark Knight Rises that serves as retrospective of sorts for director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, tracing Bruce Wayne's journey from 2005's Batman Begins through 2008's The Dark Knight and on to the July 20 finale. Called simply "Journey," the trailer is certain to choke up a few Batman devotees. Through the tears, they'll be able to glimpse bits of new footage and hear new dialogue.

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale as Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

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