New “Dark Knight Rises” Teaser Poster Breaks the Bat

We know two major things ahead of next year's release of the much-anticipated "Dark Knight Rises." 1) That it is most assuredly the final go-round for director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale and 2) the main villain is Bane, who, in the comics, is famous for snapping Batman's spinal cord like a wishbone.

Both elements are firmly on display in the new teaser poster for "Dark Knight Rises." The tagline "The Legend Ends" is both a hint at the physical threat facing Gotham, as well as a nod to the completion of Nolan's trilogy (the subtext: "Just try and top these movies with someone else, Warner Bros.).

And the image of Bane walking away from a shattered Bat-mask also echos the final shot in the "Dark Knight Rises" teaser trailer, which shows an exhausted Batman uncharacteristically backing away from an enemy.

July 20, 2012 can't get here fast enough.

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