WATCH: New 'Dark Knight Rises' Trailer: Will Batman Die?

The new trailer for Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman film sets up an epic -- and potentially heartbreaking -- finale

After what seems like an eternity without fresh video from The Dark Knight Rises, a brand-new trailer has arrived -- and it's everything we hoped it would be and more.

The two-and-a-half-minute theatrical preview is set to premiere on the big screen before The Avengers on Friday, but Warner Bros. released it online late Monday night to give fans a taste of the other superhero movie they should be paying attention to this summer. Just don't expect director Christopher Nolan's final Batman film to be feel-good fare like The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man (even though those might not necessarily be considered "feel-good" by their creators). This trailer almost promises that The Dark Knight Rises will not end happily. Watch it below!
 



Even with the foreboding feel, there's much to be excited about in the trailer. We're certainly happy about how Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle/Catwoman is brought to the forefront. The most we've seen of the actress' take on Batman's leather-clad frenemy has been relegated to set photos and teases of her toy figurines. But here we see that she actually does have a pretty close relationship with Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman. From offering seductive looks into her morality ("I'm adaptable") to encouraging him to look out for himself rather than the people of Gotham, Hathaway certainly seems to figure prominently in the film.

It's worth noting, however, that Selina Kyle is not the woman who's seen smooching Bruce Wayne in a quick scene in the trailer. That honor goes to Marion Cotillard's Miranda Tate, a woman who many believe is actually going to end up being the daughter of Liam Neeson's Batman Begins baddie R'as al Ghul. It's been teased that she'll be acting as Wayne's love interest, but that doesn't rule out her vengeful plot as well.

Also moving to the forefront in this teaser is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, though there's not a lot of context given to his character. All we know about the Inception star's role in The Dark Knight Rises is that he plays a Gotham City police detective under Gary Oldman's Commissioner Gordon, but there's a very high likelihood that his character has more to do than just that.

It's interesting that Hathaway, Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy's masked supervillain Bane are the focus of this trailer, while Batman is seen infrequently. What we do see of the Caped Crusader, does't bode well for his fate. Bane is a character famous for being the only one to "break the Bat" -- literally breaking Batman's back over his knee -- and that seems to be teased in this trailer. When Hathaway says, "You don't owe these people any more. You've given them everything," Bale responds, "Not everything. Not yet." We'll have to wait until TDKR hits theaters July 20 to find out for sure, but that certainly doesn't sound like the making of a happy ending to us.

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