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“The Dark Knight Rises” poster is great, but here are 5 other things we’re still waiting to see from the film

“The Dark Knight Rises” poster is great, but here are 5 other things we’re still waiting to see from the film (photo)

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We still have another year before the finale of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy hits theaters, but this week saw the release of a new teaser poster for “The Dark Knight Rises” that hints at Gotham’s future. While there’s not a lot we can glean from the new image featuring a city filled with debris and symbol of the bat looming over it all, the arrival of the new image means more news about Nolan’s much-anticipated sequel could be on the horizon.

With that in mind, here are a few things we’re hoping to see in the near future as “The Dark Knight Rises” marketing machine shifts into a higher gear.

1. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

We got an early peek at Tom Hardy as Bane a few months ago, but we have yet to see Nolan’s version of the feline-friendly character. Nolan has already managed to put his distinctive stamp on classic Batman villains like Joker and Scarecrow, so we’re dying to see what he’ll do with DC’s famous cat burglar.

2. Bane in Action

Thus far we’ve seen an over-the-shoulder view of Bane looking contemplative, but what about seeing some action from the man who famously “broke” Batman in the comic book world? The image released a while back indicates that Hardy certainly bulked up for the role, but there are still some questions about his character’s role in the final film and whether he’ll stay true to the source material and gain his strength from a dangerous drug.

3. New and Improved Bat-Stuff

Each of Nolan’s films so far has offered a slightly different version of Batman’s suit, as well as a host of new bat-themed vehicles and gadgetry. How has the Dark Knight’s look and arsenal evolved since we saw him last? Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait until the film’s toy line is revealed to get our answer.

4. New Characters with a Nolan Twist

There was a lot of hype surrounding the news that Nolan’s “Inception” actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard were joining the cast of “The Dark Knight Rises” as beat cop John Blake and Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate, respectively, but neither character hails from the comics world. Given that the characters are entirely new to mainstream audiences and hardcore Bat-fans alike, our first look at Nolan’s take on them is certainly going to be interesting.

5. The Return of Ra’s al Ghul

The studio confirmed that actor Josh Pence is playing a young version of Liam Neeson’s “Batman Begins” villain Ra’s al Ghul, but rumors have been circulating for a year now that Neeson could also reprise his role. In the comics world, the character had a knack for resurrection and appeared in many forms over the years, so there’s a big question mark surrounding this character heading into the next stage of promotion.

So there you have it! Sure, it’s a lot of speculation, but that’s all part of the fun at this point in the (very early) guessing game. No matter what we see, though, you can bet Nolan has a lot of surprises in store for his grand finale in the Batman universe.

What are you waiting to see from “The Dark Knight” rises? Let us know below or on Twitter or Facebook.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…