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Friday, July 18 12:00 AM ET

Trailer Review: The Dark Knight

By Brian Briggs

The Dark KnightIf you like your superheroes bright and cheery, then The Dark Knight isn’t for you.  It says “Dark” in the title, so what did you expect?

The trailer opens with the Batman perched atop a skyscraper looking down over Gotham.  This scene is required to appear in every superhero movie ever since Congress passed the Spider-Man/Daredevil Act of 2001.  In fact, in this trailer Batman appears twice on top of skyscrapers.  Good show.

Forgetting he’s not Superman, Batman jumps off the top of the building.  Dude, you can’t fly, and the Batplane won’t appear until the next sequel.  Let’s hope he has a plan. 

The Joker
Some people call me a space cowboy.

Next, we see The Joker addressing a council of criminals.  He tells the bad guys that the police are mucking things up, and the only solution is to kill the Batman.  You’d think a guy that looks like a clown would have a less violent solution to his problems, but you’d be mistaken.

Cut to the suave Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent meeting, with Bruce making an inside joke about his secret identity. Now we get into the competition for the lady between these two guys.  I have a feeling it’s going to turn ugly at some point.

BATCYCLE! Collectors already have the Batmobile so a new vehicle had to be introduced.  I can’t wait for the Batsegway and the Batjetski in the next movie.

What is it with superheroes crushing cars this summer?  First it was Iron Man, now it’s Batman.  I guess it’s easiest to prove your manliness by crushing a car than anything else. 


Uh-oh, not all is well in Gotham City.  The Joker crashes a swanky fundraising ball, and he doesn’t look like he’s going to be twisting balloons. 

Once again Batman is perched atop a building.  How does he keep getting up there?  Elevator? Stairs?  Don’t they have better security in these buildings or can just anyone dressed in a Batsuit get access to the roofs of buildings.  I mean what if he was a sniper or something?

Then we get the action montage with flipping semis, shooting Jokers and Batcycling Batmen.


Trailer Quicktime

Christian Bale
Heath Ledger

Director Christopher Nolan
Official Site Link
US Opening

July 18, 2008

Rated PG-13
Genre Comic Book-to-Movie
Explosions 10
Weapons Batmobile, Batcycle, shotgun, SMG, knife, bomb, ax, rocket launcher, handgun,
Man Quotient


Déjà Vu
Batman Begins+
Geek Factor 95%
See Trailer? Yes
See Movie? Yes (confirmed)
Follow Up Here

The trailer ends with comic relief, Alfred, making a crack about the subtlety of driving a Lambourghini around town. Doesn't he know that's what billionaires drive?

Ending Prognostication:  Everything about this movie screams dark, from the lighting to the title.  Batman will be victorious over the Joker, but it won’t be pretty.  Setting up the sequel is guaranteed.

Conclusion on Trailer: Holy trailers Batman!  This one rocks.  I haven’t felt this tingly watching a trailer since the Spider-Man movies.  The only reason you shouldn’t watch it is if you want to keep everything a surprise.

Conclusion on Movie:  I have no reservations recommending this movie.  The trailer hits on all Batcylinders, and I see no reason why the movie shouldn’t be awesome.  The actors, the director, the score, the mood all lead me to believe this will be the movie of the summer.

(eds. note: I will be going to the midnight showing of The Dark Knight so expect my follow up tomorrow)


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