The final installment in the Batman ‘legend’ fast approaches–and boy has it met with criticism. Though we’ve got to say, for all our initial misgivings (Anne Hathaway? Really?), The Dark Knight Rises is looking damn good. The trailer as a work of art succeeds completely within itself—the fact that it references something much larger, something fraught with anticipation, is an added bonus. We hear the ominous sound of calm, followed by the unmistakable voice of Michael Caine (even more phlegmy, if possible, since the last Batman movie) admitting failure. Hathaway whispers a promise of destruction in Christian Bale‘s ear, and Marion Cotillard shows up (at a masquerade ball?) to remind us just how little we miss Maggie Gyllenhaal. And Katie Holmes.And who could forget Gary Oldman, sporting his broom moustache once more after a clean-shaven turn in Tinker Tailor Solider Spy. But the most intriguing—and, really, the one flaw we can foresee in this—is the fact that Tom Hardy’s role as Bane seems to necessitate the covering of his entire face with an atrocious mask. It may prove fatal to the enterprise—not that Christopher Nolan or anyone remotely connected with it cares, since it’s being dissolved—that not only the most attractive member of the cast, but the one whose lines probably matter most to the plot, can’t be seen or understood throughout the film.
But we’ll take our chances on TDKR. Let’s just say there’s more to gain than lose.