Dailies | ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Poster Features Fiery Buildings, Mournful Batman

Things are looking pretty bleak for Christian Bale's Batman in the latest poster for Christopher Nolan's superhero finale

Things are looking pretty bleak for Batman in the latest poster for "The Dark Knight Rises." 

The caped crusader is lowering his cowl as fiery debris rains down from Gotham City's skyscrapers. 

The promotional image for Christopher Nolan's superhero finale calls to mind the posters for the director's "The Dark Knight" and "Inception." Both placed their heroes against menacing-looking architectural backdrops. 

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The tagline, "A fire will rise," raises the stakes yet again for Batman (Christian Bale). The final installment finds him dealing with Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Bane (Tom Hardy), and reportedly takes place eight years after Batman's fight with the Joker and Two Face in "The Dark Knight."

Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman return for the third installment as Lucius Fox and Commissioner Gordon and are joined by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard. 

"The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters on July 20.