Dark Knight Rises Poster

So, in case you hadn't heard, the full trailer for The Dark Knight Rises went live, and it is oh so very much yes. But, in addition to just showing you this brand new hotness and asking you "Christopher Nolan: Great Director? Or GREATEST Director?" I want to take a moment of your time to engage in some wild and nearly baseless speculation.

Now, some of you may not know it but, within the past three years or so, there's been a thing in comics called "Batman, Inc." The gist is this: Bruce Wayne has finally realised the extent of what he can do with all of his money and resources, and has started sending himself and other members of the Batman Family out into the world to recruit local candidates to be Batman in that city/part of the world.

Each new recruit has their own codename, but they all wear an easily recognisable version of the Symbol of the Bat. This says, "You know who Batman is. Look at me. I'm Batman. I have all of the Batman's resources and the full weight of his network of support." This is really just the logical extension of what had already been happening in an organic way with the rest of the Batman Family.

And so, looking at this trailer, it is my sincere wish that what we see toward the end of it--with all of the batmobiles and what even looks like a FLYING BATMOBILE--is that Nolan will bring in some of the elements and character development from the "Batman, Inc." story line.

My circumstantial evidence is as follows: Joseph Gordon Levitt's character is named John Blake, who is "a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon." (Emphasis mine.) We see him all over the trailers, but we don't know ANYTHING about him. Anne Hathaway is definitely Selina Kyle, and though we've seen her in the catsuit, we haven't specifically heard that she'll be Catwoman-The-Villain. In fact, in that pictured scene, she's riding a version of the Tumbler's detachable cycle which we first see in The Dark Knight.

If this is what's done, or even just alluded to, then I think it can be seen as the logical progression of what the Batman of Nolan's films has wanted to do: Be Everywhere, and Save Everyone; become a Legend and an Animating Myth.

And if it isn't, and I'm totally wrong? Well just look at that trailer. Whatever Nolan has hidden, he's proven time and again that it will be amazing. And I'm okay with that.

Hat-tip for the trailer alert goes to sxyblkmn.