The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Arrives

Bane steps out of the shadows

Christmas has come early in the caped form of The Dark Knight Rises trailer. If anything it's a little more understated than we were expecting, but no less awesome for it. Here's a movie franchise that knows what it's about and doesn't need to bang the drum too hard to get us seriously excited. Click here to watch it in full below, then tell us what you think in the usual spot.

Aside from a checklist of Dark Knighters, from Caine to Oldman, and a set piece that will have the NFL checking its insurance policy, the trailer is notable for plunging us into the full glare of the sun. Christopher Nolan has promised to move the final part of the trilogy out of the shadows and into the light, and he's made good on that. As he tells Empire in the new issue: "The jumping off point for taking on Batman in the first place was that if you could make people believe in the reality of what they're seeing, then the story just has unbelievable power."

See for youself when The Dark Knight Rises arrives in cinemas and on IMAX on July 20. See Empire's new issue for a whole lot more on the movie and 2012's other blockbusters, and read our trailer breakdown of this promo here.