The final part of the magnificent Batman trilogy THE DARK KNIGHT RISES can’t arrive soon enough after watching this devastating new trailer.

I wasn’t sure that the second trailer for the highly anticipated final film in the epic Batman trilogy THE DARK KNIGHT RISES could be bettered – the sweet but ever so eerie singing of The Star-Spangled Banner by the young boy, over images of a football field being laid waste to by an explosion and Gotham falling apart whilst a villainous masked man, looked on – but yes, it can!

Starting this time with single high piano notes that build to almost unbearable tension, the dynamically brilliant filmmaker Christopher Nolan gives us pain – Christian Bale‘s majestic Bruce is beaten and broken, begging for his life; he gives us loss – Gotham mourning the void where Batman no longer seems to exist; he gives us hope – the Dark Knight pledging to give everything in one final stand.

And finally, he gives us the brilliantly sharp humour these films have always displayed in the exchange between Anne Hathaway‘s Catwoman and the Caped Crusader…

“My mother warned me about getting into cars with strange men.

This isn’t a car.”

You are a legend, Mr. Wayne. July 20th, please come quickly!