By the Numbers: Breaking Down the New Dark Knight Rises Trailer
After premiering this past weekend before Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows screenings, the latest official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has hit the Internet today. Depicting a Gotham City eight years after the events in 2008's The Dark Knight, the trailer teases societal upheaval, (literally) explosive football plays and best of all, two new villains: Anne Hathaway's Catwoman (or at least, Selina Kyle) and Tom Hardy's mysterious, mumbling Bane. Let's parse the trailer the only way we know how: By the numbers.
Seconds of the ominous national anthem played: 8
Melodramatic confessions made by Alfred: 1
Number of mohawked and muzzled villains who prefer the comforts of a lambswool jacket lining: 1 (Bane!)
Percentage of muscle mass Tom Hardy appears to have lost between filming Warrior and Dark Knight: 0
Mansions being ransacked: 1
Number of impressively calm prison breaks: 1
Number of fictional football players named after the current Mayor of Pittsburgh: 1 (Ravenstahl)
Number of fictional football teams playing in Steelers colors: 1, the Gotham Rogues
Number of touchdowns made by Hines Ward amidst Heinz Field explosions: 1
Number of masquerade balls set at the Carnegie Museum of Art: 1
Number of Academy Award-nominated actresses at said masquerade ball: 2
Number of Academy Award-winning actresses at said masquerade ball: 1
Seconds of precious Joseph Gordon-Levitt screen time: 1
Punches thrown by Batman: 2
Number of hovercrafts shown: 1
Number of heavily-choreographed Gotham City fistfights: 1
Number of seconds I spent confused by Tom Hardy's Silence of the Lambs-style mouthpiece: 30
Christopher Nolan's final Batman installment premieres in theaters July 20, 2012.
To view the trailer in HD, head over to Apple.