Film Rumor: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Teaser Trailer Attached to ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’?

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CHICAGO – While we rarely run rumors and primarily only publish confirmed news, this one has teeth: the first teaser trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” might be attached to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” in theatres.

Will the first teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises appear before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 starting on July 15, 2011
Will the first teaser trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” appear before “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” starting on July 15, 2011?

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” will hit theatres on July 15, 2011. “The Dark Knight Rises” is scheduled to release about a year later on July 20, 2012. Based on previous Warner Bros. marketing, releasing the first teaser trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” as a year-before attachment to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” would make sense. Also, an IMDb user has publicly posted the following:

I am a manager of a cinema. Today (May 22, 2011) we got a list of upcoming trailers delivered to us. “The Dark Knight Rises” teaser is listed to be with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” on July 15, 2011.

Users at SuperHeroHype are saying the same:

Updated listings at Regal have “The Dark Knight Rises” teaser attached to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”. Having worked at a Regal for six years, their listings are usually pretty accurate.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” will release about exactly one year before “The Dark Knight Rises”. Going back in time, Ain’t It Cool News in May 2007 reported that the teaser trailer for “The Dark Knight” would appear before “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” which hit theatres on July 11, 2007.

“The Dark Knight” opened on July 18, 2008. With that news leaked, Warner Bros. switched gears and ended up attaching “The Dark Knight” teaser trailer to “The Simpson Movie,” which opened on July 27, 2007. The teaser trailer for “The Dark Knight” instantly leaked online.

We could also see a teaser for “The Dark Knight Rises” at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, which runs from July 21 to July 24, 2011. In 2007, we saw “The Dark Knight” teaser at Comic-Con and the film opened a year later. So, we could see a teaser for “The Dark Knight Rises” at the 2011 Comic-Con, which would be a year before the film’s theatrical debut on July 20, 2012.

Another interesting rumor we’re closely following for “The Dark Knight Rises” is the possibility for Osterley Park to be filmed and transformed into Wayne Manor. Osterley Park is in Isleworth, which is a small town within the London borough of Hounslow in west London, England. A reader pointed out the following post on Osterley Park’s Web site:

This summer, we are taking the rare step to close Osterley House to the public for four days – on June 15, 16, 17 and 22, 2011 – for private hire.

In addition, we are closing some rooms of the house on a phased basis from May 19, 2011 to July 3, 2011. Please see this schedule for further details, or if you are planning a visit to Osterley, please call 020-8232-5050.

“The Dark Knight Rises” will again star Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Caine as Alfred, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, Josh Pence as the young Ra’s al Ghul, Diego Klattenhoff as a rookie cop and Matt Modine as Nixon. The film also stars Juno Temple, Alon Aboutboul, Tom Conti and Joey King. Nestor Carbonell and Daniel Sunjata are currently rumored to be involved.

The film, which is again directed by Christopher Nolan, is scheduled for release on July 20, 2012. “The Dark Knight Rises” is written by David S. Goyer (story), Bob Kane (characters), Christopher Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (story) and Jonathan Nolan (screenplay) with original music from Hans Zimmer and cinematography by Wally Pfister. During filming, “The Dark Knight Rises” is going by the fake name “Magnus Rex”.

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