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“The Dark Knight Rises” Publicity Weekend

July 12, 2011 3 comments

Even though this was only released within the last few hours, it is already practically old news. Still it’s worth reporting on this mad publicity blitz for the highly anticipated film. This poster is only the first step. Accompanying the release of Warner Bros’ final installment of “Harry Potter” this weekend (thank God, by the way, that it is finally the last), there will be a featured first teaser trailer for Nolan’s flick.

To be quite honest, Batman fans shouldn’t get their hopes up. Their production has barely begun so I wouldn’t expect a whole lot of footage. I’m expecting something similar to the first teaser of “The Dark Knight,” a fancy, blue visual effects show with some voiceovers. Not that that preview didn’t give chills, but most of those came from hearing the first syllables spoken by an infinitely more anticipated antagonist. They might be generous and throw in a shot of Bane to wet appetites.

The poster, released today, granted is an early promotional tool, is honestly pretty boring to me. The design is cool, but the detail on the buildings is fairly sloppy. I understand that it’s just a poster and I shouldn’t take it too seriously, but take a look at the buildings again. That has got to be one of the most claustrophobic city blocks I’ve ever seen. Where does the street go?

I don’t know. Maybe I’m still just annoyed that it’s not a Chicago city street we’re looking at. I’m not sure if that grievance will ever be resolved in my mind, but we’ll save that round of bellyaching for a different article. I will post the new teaser as soon as it becomes available online, probably within a day of it’s release in theaters. In the meantime, I’ve attached the first “Dark Knight” teaser, below, to show what we can probably expect.