Spot The Comics References In The Newest Dark Knight Rises Trailer

Spot The Comics References In The Newest Dark Knight Rises Trailer
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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 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?


  • The bridges could be a reference to the four bridges (Wayne, Cobblepot, Kane and uh…) destroyed in Snyder’s “Gates of Gotham”.

  • There’s a lot of talk that Gordon-Levitt’s cop character will take on the mantle for some period during this film, which would seem to make him the ersatz Azrael (although I doubt Nolan will make use of the whole “Jesus commands me to kill people” aspect of the character).

    So, as much as the first film was inspired by Long Halloween and Year One, this one appears to be inspired by Knightfall and No Man’s Land (two of my favourite arcs).

  • Does anyone else think Bane looks too small/scrawny? He’s a monster in the comics, and Tom Hardy has been bigger even in warrior.

    • You have to remember in the comics Bane is monstrous after he’s been using Venom. This is Nolans Bane, and to fit in to that world he has to be a little more believable (I guess that’s why he didn’t go with the Venom arc). Also he’s much bigger in this than he was in Warrior, he gained a further 30Lbs after Warrior to play Bane. And I dont know about you but I would rather have a Bane that is a unit (witch Hardy is) over some CGd monstrosity.

    • I think the Nolan’s vision for Bane here is supposed to be a complete contrast to the version we have all seen in Joel Schumacher’s film.

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