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Trailer: The Dark Knight Rises

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13 June 2012 10:12

Back in 2008 I criticised the previous film in this trilogy for its moral slipperiness. The Dark Knight struck a lot of people as a commentary on the Bush Administration's war on terror, and I thought it gave the Administration a free pass on some of the more questionable practices used in the campaign against al Qaeda.

It's four years later and the character of that campaign has changed dramatically. One war has ended and another is drawing to a close. The use of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' has decreased but Obama has on the whole been less progressive on civil liberties than his supporters would have liked. Guantanamo, of course, remains open and the drone war has intensified.

There are hints in the trailer that director Christopher Nolan will return to these themes in The Dark Knight Rises. Note particularly the visual nod to 9/11 in the last shot, with fighter jets patrolling overhead as smoke rises from downtown Manhattan.

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