Spot the Comics References in the The Dark Knight Rises’ Newest Trailer

If you know your Bat-continuity, then the latest trailer for The Dark Knight Rises appears to be chock full of nods to various Dark Knight storylines over the years. There's an apparent earthquake and a scene where Gotham gets cut off from the rest of the world. Those moments along with rioting in streets hint at some references to the No Man's Land story arc. And for a guy who said he'd never put Robin in his Batman movies—even though he makes Batman better—Christopher Nolan sure likes having young boys be in love with the Dark Knight's mystique.

And Bane appears to be instigating a prison break, much like he did in the Knightfall event. And if you know what happened in that storyline, then you can only assume that mask fragment in his hands means bad things for Bruce Wayne. What are you seeing in this trailer that looks pulled from the comics?

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DISCUSSION

There's perhaps two very good reasons to be excited about this film, and both serve as appropriate solutions to the golden question: How can they possibly continue the quality of The Dark Knight, which is not only the best depiction of Batman on the big screen that we can ever possibly hope for, but the best superhero film, bar none?

1. Adapting elements of the Knightfall story arc — such stories tend to be prime comic book material, but make poor transitions to screen — for example, Venom in Spider-Man 3. But if anyone can pull it off, it's Nolan, and if he does indeed pull it off, it will be quite epic.

2. Finally, a film about a superhero in maturity. Most superhero films are about the origins and early beginnings of a superhero. But here, we have Batman years after his odyssey began, finally content to retire the mask, only to have his hand forced to bring it back out. Bruce Wayne is no longer green; he's older, more experienced, maybe even tired. This is precisely the kind of film we've been missing in the superhero genre. The naivete of the superhero protagonist can finally be put to rest.

I'm excited, to say the least.