New 'Dark Knight Rises' Extended Sneak-Peek Will Blow Your Mind (VIDEO)

dark knight rises still of batman christian baleSummer 2012 has already brought us a slew of popcorn flicks already -- from Snow White & the Huntsman to The Amazing Spider-Man to Brave. But it seems like nothing can beat the hype surrounding The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan's final Batman film. Especially now that Warner Bros. has released a thrilling 13-minute, extended sneak-peek featurette that goes behind-the-scenes of the hotly anticipated film.

I have to admit: Usually, totally in-depth previews like this are a huge turn-off to me. Why cough up the money and bother even seeing the film when a trailer is giving it all away? But somehow, this sneak-peek manages to explore what the movie has to offer without spoiling all the fun. Whether you've been anticipating the action- and star-packed film's July 20 release or not, this clip will have you on the edge of your seat.

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AWESOME. As Anne puts it, it does look like Nolan was able to "amp up the stakes," really taking it to places we aren't expecting. Yet, at the same time, it doesn't look like it falls into the common action flick trap wherein spectacle matters more than a semblance of a storyline. You can tell from this featurette that Nolan really does cares about his films having a plot, an emotional, truly human story. And so does his incredible all-star cast. No wonder the film received a standing ovation at a recent advanced screening!

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I feel like Nolan's investment in developing these classic characters will be going to be what separates the boys from the men, so to speak, as far as big summer blockbusters go. Judging from this glimpse behind the curtain, there's no question: The Dark Knight will follow in its predecessors -- being a worthy winner at the box office.

What do you think of this sneak-peek? Does it make you more excited for the film?


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