Teaser Trailer for “Dark Knight Rises” Drawing Serious Buzz

It seems the entire Internet is buzzing about the The Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer that will be attached to the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 film debuting this Friday.

An Anarcho-Tyranny Hero

A movie – the climatic third portion of Christoper Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy – that doesn’t come out until next summer is generating more buzz based on what will be in the teaser trailer then any other movie that has come out this summer.

For those who have read this site for awhile – or picked up Hollywood in Blackface – you should know I believe that superhero movies are the last realm for white actors to have the opportunity to play the proverbial bad ass, the white knight.

In the sequel – Captain America and Whiteness, which comes out next Friday – you’ll understand why this is so important. Actors like Christian Bale, Tom Hardy (though he will be playing the villain Bane – part of Liam Neeson’s League of Shadow’s – who wants to destroy a decadent and dying Gotham instead of saving it) and director Christoper Nolan are putting together what I believe will be the most anticipated film of all-time in Dark Knight Rises.

Of all the superhero stories, the only two that make any sense are Batman and The Punisher. Strangely, The Batman is always fighting crime in a Gotham City that is set in an America perpetually stuck in the 1950s. In Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne’s parents were gunned down by a white guy – Joe Chill – though, as we learned yesterday, most of the crime in major cities is committed by nonwhites.

This is incidental, as the entire concept of an aristocrat training to avenge his parents death and trying to bring order to a city overrun by crime is noble, a healthy reaction to a society where Anarcho-Tyranny reigns (it should be stated that The Batman is blatant ripoff of Zorro, but whatever).

In what I believe is one of the finest pieces of fiction written in the past 50 years, Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (1986), a retired Bruce Wayne/Batman decides to return to a Gotham City to fight for justice once again. Richard Spencer wrote a great summary at Takimag, which I’ll reproduced below:

Perhaps the best elaboration of the tensions inherent in the Batman character can be found in Frank Miller’s masterful graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns (1986). The conceit here is that after spending a decade in unpleasant retirement, a fifty-something Bruce Wayne is driven to once again to go kick ass on the streets of Gotham. But when the Dark Knight returns, he encounters none of the brightly dressed mafiosos of the original comic but instead a gang of teenage punk rock sadists, “the Mutants”—’60s counter culture with a gun.

Ruling the city is an effete liberal elite that offers the few remaining good people of Gotham barely a semblance of order. Among them is Dr. Bartholemew Wolper, a psychologist who’s been “rehabilitating” and subsequently releasing the Dark Knight’s archenemies, who, of course, quickly return to murder and mayhem.

On television, Dr. Wolper refers to Batman as a “social fascist,” then as a “social disease.” Comissioner Gordon—Batman’s only real ally in law enforcment—goes into mandatory retirement and is replaced by the post-feminist Ellen Yindel, whose first act on the job is to issues a warrant for Batman’s arrest.

There is some hope in Gotham. Carrie Kelly, a young girl who eventually becomes Batman’s new “Robin,” decides to join the Dark Knight after listening to her baby-boomer parents prattle on about the caped “fascist” who’s “never heard of civil rights”—“America’s conscience died with the Kennedys.”

The ultimate villain in The Dark Knight Returns is in fact Superman—whom America’s folksy, patriotic president sends off to fight the commies, deflect a nuclear weapon, and finally bring down the ungovernable Dark Knight. At the close of the novel, Batman is so alienated from civil society that his only recourse is to, in fact, “go underground,” where he plans to train an army that might one day “bring sense to a world plagued by worse than thieves and murderers.” The Joker being dead, one senses that Batman’s referring to the Wolpers, Yindels, and the rest of the establishment.

The fact that Christoper Nolan has borrowed heavily from The Dark Knight Returns (and Miller’s Batman Year One) in framing his magnificent Batman trilogy is exciting, because the films are so incredibly illiberal. I haven’t seen a script for The Dark Knight Rises, but it’s my opinion that film will go back to the first movie, where Bruce Wayne is given the opportunity to join the League of Shadows and destroy Gotham. I’ll quote from Spencer again:

In the wild, Wayne meets the mysterious Henri Ducard, who offers him admittance into a secret society that, Ducard insists, represents something much greater than the crude vigilante justice Wayne has been pursuing. Ducard is a leader of the League of Shadows, a collective in which “hatred of evil” is made an “ideal,” and which would teach Wayne to strike against criminals as something more than a man. Wayne joins, and it is with the League that he, in a sense, learns to be a Superhero, studying Ninjitsu as well as the “theatrical” means of stoking terror in the hearts of one’s opponent.  

The turning point in Bruce’s training comes when Ducard demands that Wayne actually kill one of the low-lifes the League had picked up. Wayne demurs, “This man should be tried.” Ducard’s response: “By whom? Corrupt bureaucrats?” Wayne thus learns that the League’s purpose is not simply to execute criminals but whole societies that have grown decadent and are “beyond saving.” The League has, through the centuries, served this purpose, bringing down “Constantinople and Rome before it.” Gotham’s time has come, and Wayne is being trained to be its hangman. 

Wayne rejects the League, fights his way out of its compound, and battles against it throughout the rest of the film. Much like Abraham looking onto Sodom and Gomorrah, he believes there are enough good people left in Gotham to warrant its rescue. But then what’s most important is that in Nolan’s reinvention, Batman’s origins lie not in some distant planet or ideal of Truth and Justice but in the nihilist, “anarcho-fascist” League of Shadows—Batman against Gotham. 

Tom Hardy plays Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, and it’s my belief he will be the tool of a returning Ra’s Al Ghul – played by Taken’s Neeson – in finishing the task of destroying Gotham City, something Wayne reneged on doing and ultimately thwarted in Batman Begins. If you haven’t seen Hardy in Bronson, I highly recommend you check that movie out to see what it is an actor is supposed to do in film and the energy he will channel in bringing Bane to real-life.

People who read SBPDL are probably wondering why in the world this is being written here: for three reasons. Christoper Nolan’s 2010 film Inception had nary a Black actor (with The Prestige, Batman Begins, Memento, and The Dark Knight only having ancillary Black characters), showing that Token Black characters are unneeded in telling a great story that resonates with a huge audience.

Secondly, I wanted to see how many hits posting a headline that states “Dark Knight Rises” teaser trailer available here. Back in mid-2010, Google heavily censored this site by removing many of the original search engine terms that would send people here. I’m curious to see how it plays on search engines.

And third, that people all around the world are clamoring for news on a teaser trailer for a movie that doesn’t come out for a full year shows that Nolan has done something special, telling a story of a character obsessed with vengeance and going outside the law to do.

As most other superhero films falter and flop (Green Lantern is one of the biggest bombs of all-time, with a budget of more than $200 million and a marketing budget nearing $130 million, generating only $105 million at the domestic box office), the tale of Bruce Wayne seeking the means to fight injustice and donning a cap and cowl continues to resonate throughout this country.

So no, I haven’t been able to find a teaser trailer for Dark Knight Rises. Like many, I’ll be seeing Harry Potter – and cheering for Voldemort against that segregationist Harry Potter – but will know that much of the anticipation for seeing the film will center around viewing the teaser trailer for a movie that comes out in 2012.

But knowing that millions upon millions of people are searching vainly for a teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rise puts a smile on my face. Much of the influence for Nolan’s previous films comes from Miller’s work and it is this line that has always resonated with me, where Wayne/Batman has beaten Superman and utters:

Batman: You sold us out, Clark. You gave them the power that should have been ours. Just like your parents taught you. My parents taught me a different lesson… lying on this street… shaking in deep shock… dying for no reason at all. They showed me that the world only makes sense when you force it to.

That the incarnation of Batman the country (and world) craves now isn’t some nipple-suited wearing freak like in Batman and Robin, but The Batman ripped from the pages of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns and Batman Year One is encouraging.

After all, that Bruce Wayne finally realizes there are worse things then thieves and murders terrorizing the world.

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4 Responses to Teaser Trailer for “Dark Knight Rises” Drawing Serious Buzz

  1. Laz says:

    “Nolan has done something special, telling a story of a character obsessed with vengeance and going outside the law to do.”

    I feel like going vigilante at least once a week and I’m sure I’m by no means the only one. This resonates with a lot of people, hence the popularity.

  2. JP says:

    Okay, I agree that there is a great deal of trouble in America do to the liberal, socialist agenda. But I think it’s taking it a bit too far to become racist. I have a very good friend who’s black and he is a strict conservative, as I am. But, just like anything, there is good and bad on both “sides,” of almost anything. The crime in America is NOT only commited by’ “colored people.” Yes, we pay taxes that give these people just enough money to survive in their impovrished state instead of making themselves usefull, and that’s ridiculous, but I know plenty of whites who suck the system dry just as much. As for revenge, if you paid attention to these films, you’d realize that they’re about justice, free of personal prejudice. OUCH! Yeah, I just said that. We don’t need racism in the US, we need reformation. Spiritual and political reformation. And the idea of rooting fo Voldemort because Harry is a, “segregationist,” is disgusting. I’m currently authoring a novel that, thus far, has had no characters of color, but I’m going to add one just because I’ve read this racist bull crap. I also like the non-liberal views taken in the New Batman series, but I am in no way going to read it as a racist film. America was built on the sentiment that, “all men are created equal,” and I stand by that. My own great, great grandfather and five of his seven brothers fought on the Southern side in the civil war, yet all of them made comments in their diaries about how slavery and the inequality of, as the best entry states, “all those good peoples other than white.” I share their sentiments, while still hating those who commit acts of crime against mand and nature alike. You disgrace your own people with this crap and I think that you are to be pittied for your feebleminded hatred. I don’t like being undercut by anyone and I don’t want my heritage threatened, but I have no desire do destroy that of another. Racism is the recourse of a weak mind, weather it be whites hating blacks, blacks hating whites, or any other form. You’re not conservative, you’re dumb as a brick and I’m ashamed to think that I could possibly vote for someone you think is the, “racial elite,” which is basically what you state in your articles. Hey, maybe you could use your superior mind to build a time machine and go back to join Hitler. He’d be glad to have you, I’m quite sure.

  3. JP says:

    Sorry, I didn’t finish this thought. My own great, great grandfather and five of his seven brothers fought on the Southern side in the civil war, yet all of them made comments in their diaries about how slavery and the inequality of, as the best entry states, “all those good peoples other than white,” was, “a vile thing, to be hated by any righteous man and an institution, most contrary to the foundation of our, once great and united nation was built upon.” One even stated that, “the hatred of one man against another for being given an opposing hue, by God’s great design, is a foolish and evil practice and a trap of the devil to set one man against his brothe in a way, most contrary to the will of Jesus Christ, who is the savior of all and the creator of all creatures in their great diversities.” I agree with this sentiment. What racists like you hate is the fact that, the racism of our forfathers created a tension and an envirnment in which we nurtured the hatred of our own race by those of different races, and now they have enough power to carry out their racist acts just as our forfathers did in the past. What I hate is that those people, not scarred or harmed by the long gone, governmental racism, still hold a grudge that is not theirs to hold, and people like you just continue to justify that grudge. Your kind of crap is only making this situation worse you pin head.

  4. Marvin says:

    Personally, I think it looks bloody brlnliait. What I love about this trailer is the fact that it shows you just enough to keep you hooked, but not enough to spoil the story. Who is Bane (Tom Hardy)? And why is he attempting to destroy Gotham City? Where has Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) been for eight years and what has actually brought him back to Gotham. Was it Gordon, Bane or something else? All I know is, that come next Summer, I’ll be at the front of the queue for ‘TDKR’!

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