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Five things we didn’t see in “The Dark Knight Rises” trailer, but wanted to

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Sure, there was a lot to digest in the new trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises,” but let’s face it — there’s still a lot we haven’t seen in previews for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming conclusion to his big-screen Batman trilogy.

And while it’s all well and good to leave some elements for the movie itself and not reveal everything before the film hits theaters, there are a few items of note that seemed conspicuously absent from the trailer. When it comes time for Nolan to cut the next trailer for the film, here’s what we’re still hoping to see before “The Dark Knight Rises” explodes into theaters.

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1. The Bat

Of all the things to skimp on in the trailer, Batman himself seems like a strange option. While we got to see lots of Bruce Wayne sans Bat-suit, the latest trailer only offered a few fleeting glimpses of Batman in full cape-and-cowl mode — though he was wielding an interesting rifle in one of them.

Still, given that each film has made a few tweaks to Batman’s suit, it was frustrating not to have more evidence of what “The Dark Knight Rises” will add to Batman’s costume. Mr. Nolan, bring us the Bat.


2. Bane’s Bane

Sure, we’ve seen that Nolan’s take on Bane will have him wearing something akin to the character’s iconic mask, but we haven’t seen any evidence that the character will also share his comic-book counterpart’s affection for the chemical compound known “Venom.” In the character’s comics history, Bane used the powerful drug to give him enhanced strength and durability, which he eventually used to “break” Batman over his knee. His reliance on the drug proved to be both an asset and a liability, as he became dangerously addicted over the source of his criminal career.

Thus far, we’ve seen little evidence of any Venom in Bane’s life, though there’s a chance he might have alluded to this at some point in the trailer or “The Dark Knight Rises” prologue at some point — we’re still trying to decipher what he said in that footage. (More on that in a bit.)


3. The Bat Family?

Right around the 1:50 mark in the trailer, there’s a shot of two camouflage-colored versions of the Batmobile escorting what we know to be the movie’s version of the Batwing. So, who’s driving?

In the comics world, we’ve seen everyone from Robin to Alfred commandeer Batman’s rides at one point or another, but we haven’t seen his supporting cast take such a role in Nolan’s films yet. Could “The Dark Knight Rises” also serve as an introduction for Robin or one of the other costumed characters that make up what’s come to be known as “The Batman Family”? We’re willing to bet that Robin is still off the table when it comes to the Nolan-verse, but maybe Joseph Gordon-Levitt will get in on the action in his role?


4. Catwoman’s Catsuit

We’ve seen still images of Anne Hathaway decked out as the burglar Catwoman, but so far we haven’t seen any action shots of Selina Kyle in full feline-friendly form, thieving from Gotham’s wealthy elite.

It’s a little surprising that the new trailer didn’t seem to offer any indication of her costumed alter ego, and could potentially mean a smaller role for Hathaway’s character than we were anticipating. Will we get to see the Cat strut her stuff, or will we spend most of the film reminding ourselves that Selina Kyle is Catwoman? Only time will tell, because the new trailer certainly doesn’t give up any hints.


5. Subtitles?

Okay, so I’m not actually arguing for subtitles to be added to the film, but here’s hoping Nolan can make a few tweaks to the sound in order to make Bane’s voice a little more coherent. I know I wasn’t the only person who had trouble understanding Hardy’s dialogue, which sounded more like a drive-thru intercom than the intimidating force of nature that Bane is intended to be.

We know Hardy is a great choice for Bane on a number of levels, so here’s hoping some audio troubles don’t detract from what we’re expecting to be an amazing performance.

What would you like to see in the next “The Dark night Rises” trailer? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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