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Watch a new 13-minute 'The Dark Knight Rises' featurette!

July 20th is coming, and fast. That’s the date that Warner Bros. swings wide the gates of stately Wayne Manor and unleashes The Bat upon us. Christopher Nolan’s trilogy-capping The Dark Knight Rises is arguably the most anticipated film of the year and – after the juggernaut that was, and is, Marvel’s The Avengers ($1.5 billion in worldwide box office, and counting) – it certainly has its work cut out for it.

The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight RisesWarner Bros./DC Comics/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy

What do we know about this film? Not much. It features Tom Hardy as Bane (whose physical presence erases any comparisons to the use of the same character in Joel Schumacher’s execrable Batman and Robin from 1997), Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, (I don’t know if Hathaway can replace Michelle Pfeiffer as the kitten with a whip, but she is bound to be better than Halle Berry’s silly take on the role), and, of course, Christian Bale as everyone’s favorite bat with a frog in his throat. (Would someone get the guy a lozenge or something?) The film also features returning cast members Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman, as well as Marion Cottilard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

So, we don’t know much. Even the trailers have been kind of vague, subdued, and (thankfully) spoiler-free. But with a confirmed running time of 165 minutes, there is obviously a LOT of story here that the trailers only barely hint at. (And isn’t that what we want from a movie trailer, anyway? How many are guilty of spilling too many beans? Not Nolan’s, that’s for sure.)

But now we have a 13 1/2 minute featurette that, while NOT offering any spoilers, DOES expound on what we’ve seen so far, and actually has me more excited for the film than the trailers have done. I think it’s because this featurette reminds one that Nolan is bringing his A-game to this party, and that The Dark Knight Rises is not only his follow-up to The Dark Knight, but his successor to Inception. If he’s trying to top those two films in spectacle and dramatic content, this film could be Oscar-worthy. Here’s hoping …

Check out the compelling (and spoiler-free) featurette above, or by clicking HERE.

Thanks to Nordling at AintitCoolNews for the link.

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