First ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Teaser Poster Drives Us Batty With Hints of Destruction

First glimpse at Christopher Nolan’s latest Batman flick suggests that Gotham City is in for a rough time

Last Updated: July 12, 2011 @ 12:44 PM

The first teaser poster for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" has hit the Internet, and while it raises more questions than it answers — which is the point, really — there are some hints of chaos and rampant destruction to come. While the poster might, at first glance, look like some kind of hellish Rorschach test, a closer inspection of the details reveals a row of skyscrapers with debris tumbling from the sky.

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Is Batman's beloved Gotham City poised for an apocalyptic rain of crumbling buildings?

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Moviegoers will have ample time to consider the implications, as the movie — which sees Christian Bale reprising his heroic role, Anne Hathaway becoming the latest Catwoman, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt coming on board as a Gotham City cop working on a special assignment from Commissioner Gordon — won't hit theaters until July 20, 2012. Hopefully, that will give the citizens of Gotham time to stock up on hard hats, because it looks like they're going to need them.