“Batman” franchise director Christopher Nolan has inserted explicit political content in the just released trailer of the film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Reports had circulated that the director had picked a shooting location close to the Occupy Wall Street protest site. One of the stars of “Dark Knight,” Ann Hathaway, was actually photographed participating in an Occupy protest.
Now the first trailer for the “Batman” sequel features the same type of tomes that occupy protestors have been voicing. Hathaway, who plays the character Selina Kyle (who ultimately becomes Catwoman), speaks for the 99 percent as she warns Christian Bale, who plays multi-millionaire and 1 percent-er Bruce Wayne.
“You think this can last?” Hathaway’s Kyle tells Bale’s Wayne at a masquerade ball, adding, “there’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. And you and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”
The scene is accompanied by a soundtrack of a child singing the U.S. national anthem.
Just in case the audience is tempted to interpret the words of Hathaway’s character in a different manner, the footage then shows a throng of apparent protesters gathering near a government building while a tank points its turret in their direction.
“The Dark Knight Rises,” the final film in Nolan's “Batman” trilogy, is scheduled to be released in July 2012, right in the middle of a presidential election year.
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