Be sure to taper off your comic book consumption around May 4, or you’ll risk having a dangerous overload of superhero excitement. As if seeing the leads from multiple summer blockbusters in one film isn’t exciting enough, the final trailer for The Dark Knight Rises will run before The Avengers.
A Warner Bros. executive confirmed the third trailer’s release date with Deadline, and said the epic DC/Marvel rivalry isn’t a concern. “We see this placement as a good strategic decision,” said the executive. “We always want our trailers to be seen with films that people want to see — and a lot of people will be going to The Avengers!” While the two franchises are likely to battle for box office records this summer, this actually isn’t the first time they’ve been paired together. The trailer for The Dark Knight ran before Iron Man in 2008.
We’ve already seen a teaser and a full-length trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, and though there was plenty of revealing footage, there are still major questions surrounding the film (aside from “What the heck is Bane saying?”). Hopefully, the final trailer will shed some more light on the two female leads, Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard. While we’ve seen photos of Hathaway in her Catwoman getup, we’ve yet to see the costume in action. Plus, we don’t even know who Cotillard is. Supposedly she plays Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate, but fans of the comic books insist that’s just a cover for her real role, Talia al Ghul, daughter of Liam Neeson’s character Ra’s al Ghul. We doubt Christopher Nolan would actually put such a big reveal in the trailer, but a few hints to keep us going until July 20 would be much appreciated.