Before we get to the more sensible claims of Easter Eggs and possible clues hidden in the marketing materials for The Dark Knight Rises, let’s have a look at a couple of utterly preposterous and truly befuddling bits of conspiracy theory.
Or, to put it another way, let’s start by checking for hidden references to The Man of Steel in the Dark Knight Rises posters.
Here’s where you can “see” the Superman shield and even Superman’s face in the two Rises posters to date.
Those “hidden references” actually became memes in some odd little corners of the internet. I received several e-mails about them, at the time.
And I still have a bit of a chuckle every now and then.
More recent viral notions about the film have included a pair of “Robin Easter Eggs” as seen in the new trailer. Let’s check them out…
Twelve seconds into the trailer we see a crowd holding up the Rogues sign, as in Gotham Rogues. The letter R does look a little familiar…
But this isn’t some control-freak, super-tiny joke mounted by Nolan and team, this is a side-effect of letting extras bring their own props and costumes. Aint It Cool got this picture of the offending signs in prep from the young man who made them.
…well, this is just because the player is, in real life, Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team who play in the stadium used for filming.
Two samples of Robin bunkum in one scene? Must be the illuminati, taking time off from photoshopping bits of Superman into posters.
I think we’re on slightly more solid ground with this next observation. Look at this trailer image of Selina Kyle with a pearl necklace…
…and then this image from Batman Begins…
They definitely appear to be the same necklace – or, at the very least similar necklaces.
What can we assume because we see Ms. Kyle so deliberately and carefully considering the fact that she’s wearing it? (If, indeed, we do see that?)
Some doubters have suggested that it can’t be Bruce’s mom’s string of pearls because of this…
… but I think it might be more important to remember this…
If there was any remaining doubt that Bruce Wayne was going to end up in need of a cane to prop up his broken body, the trailer did reveal him using one…
If you notice that there are guys rappelling down in both of these next shots you can make a pretty basic assumption about the place’s architecture.
There was also a shot of one lone person climbing back up and out in the original teaser trailer…
Is that Bruce? Is this where the Lazarus pit is being kept? Does he go there to heal after getting broken up? Why would the Lazarus pit be in some kind of underground complex just stuffed with staircases?
Why would anything be in some kind of underground complex just stuffed with staircases?
My particular favourite bit of Rises speculation revolves around Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character, John Blake. Who is he? And what is his secret history with the Batman?
Well, I think we cracked that one pretty conclusively in April with the extraordinarily popular story:
I don’t want to diminish its awesome power by just excerpting it though, suffice to say, it’s probably the best bit of Dark Knight Rises detective work done to date.
Either that or it’s me taking the piss. You decide.
As we move into 2012 and the world leans even further forward in its chairs, looking keenly to the silver screen for a new installment of The Batman, we’re only going to be seeing more and more marketing materials, more and more hints of what the Batfuture has in Batstore.
And rest assured, Bleeding Cool will be there, snooping, surmising and eavesdropping, listening out for all of the interesting tidbits and deranged theories that the internet bubbles up, scribbling down notes and bringing them back to you.
Merry Christmas, and a happy Bat year.