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The highly anticipated third trailer for The Dark Knight Rises was finally released by Warner Brothers yesterday and while it didn’t disappoint, I can’t say it completely blew me away either. As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I think this will be very good movie, but I just don’t expect it to be on par with The Dark Knight. As far as this summer’s blockbusters, Prometheus still looks like the best of the bunch; the trailers and viral videos give me chills every time I watch them.

What is abundantly clear from the latest Dark Knight Rises trailer is that Bane’s vocals have been noticeably cleaned up since Christopher Nolan first premiered footage from the film back in December. Some of the things I found troubling were what appeared to be sloppily choreographed action scenes and less than stellar special effects which are most evident in the football stadium scene and the Batwing sequence. Hopefully these are things that Nolan can clean up during post-production before the final product hits screens on July 20.

My other source of concern is non other than Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman. It’s no secret that Nolan has missed the mark with his casting choices for the female leads in the two previous Batman instalments. While Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Rachel was a vast improvement over the atrocious Katie Holmes, she still felt somewhat miscast in the role. This brings us to Anne Hathaway, who – no matter how hard she tries – just seems too wholesome and dull to embody the dark and sinister persona of Selina Kyle. I also found that Catwoman’s costume looked a tad silly with those pointy ears on top of her head, especially since Nolan has always strived for realism in his Batman trilogy. The scenes showing Batman and Catwoman fighting alongside each other also gave off that uneasy Batman and Robyn vibe, which began to bring back dreadful memories of the infamous Joel Schumacher cheese-fest.

Maybe I’m just nit-picking, but my expectations for this film are extremely high. Again, the issue is not whether The Dark Knight Rises will be good movie, but whether it will be a great one. I do have faith in Christopher Nolan though and hope that he delivers a thrilling and moving conclusion to his caped crusader trilogy.

In a year where the Best Picture Oscar went to The Artist and nominees included the awful, War Horse, the mediocre Money Ball and the critically panned Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, I think it’s safe to say that 2011 was not a good year for film. Thankfully, now that 2011 is well behind us and the Oscars have come and gone, it’s time to forget about last year’s weak offerings and look forward to what Hollywood has in store for moviegoers in 2012.

February – otherwise known as the month when Hollywood unloads bad or shelved product – has finally passed and a slew of AAA titles are right around the corner. Without doubt, I am most looking forward to the upcoming Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises.

Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens are sci-fi classics that have spawned numerous less than stellar sequels; the franchise’s low points were the recent Alien vs Predator and Alien vs Predator: Requiem. Hence, I was admittedly skeptical when I learned that Ridley Scott was returning to the Alien universe with a prequel entitled, Prometheus. My initial thought was that after a string of bad flops, Scott –in need of a hit – was simply returning to familiar territory that made him an icon. However, after seeing the trailer, I was completely blown away. The film looks like old-fashioned R-rated sci-fi that seems to have disappeared and replaced with everything PG-13 and Marvel. The cast also appears to be very strong and includes the talented Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pierce and Idris Elba. Prometheus opens on June 8th and I’m already counting down the days to its release.

What more can be said about the Dark Knight Rises? Forget the entire Bane muffled audio fiasco that has internet and comic books geeks in an uproar. The film will undoubtedly be the biggest hit of the year and most importantly, it will be very good. While I doubt that the third and final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy will reach the greatness of its predecessor, I have faith in Nolan’s visionary direction and believe that he will ultimately deliver a thrilling and emotional conclusion to the series. The only reservations I have so far are the casting of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and the unfortunate absence of Heath Ledger, who helped transform The Dark Knight in to an instant classic. Nevertheless, Tom Hardy is a great up-and-coming young actor whose Bane looks like a formidable foe to Christian Bale’s sociopathic Batman/Bruce Wayne. The latest trailer and art work suggest an even darker tone than that of The Dark Knight and perhaps even a tragic fate for the caped crusader. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20th and my anticipation for this one is extremely high.


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