‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’ TRAILER LANDS: Clue by clue, intense new footage fans the fire of expectation

WITH MARVEL’S “The Avengers” opening just days away, film followers knew it was D.C.’s move. And like clockwork, DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. dropped the official new trailer for that other ”most anticipated” superhero mega-flick of the year, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

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All day, D.C. enticed viewers to put together social-media clues to the frames of the new trailer.

The viral scavenger hunt led to a file marked “Anonymous Vigilante Investigation.” Then the warrant to arrest “John Doe aka ‘The Batman’ ” and a memo from Gotham’s deputy police commissioner — all leading to film rolls for forensics.

The spliced-together frames led to a small, silent GIF, according to /Film and other sites.

The results: The storm is still coming, thanks to the Gotham reckoning courtesy of Bane (Tom Hardy). The adaptable Catwoman/ Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) and John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) must wait and wonder whether Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is still alive. And Alfred (Michael Caine) says he’s seen too many members of the Wayne family die.

One other thing we also know: The trailer will hit theaters this weekend, to run conspicuously in front of “The Avengers.”

It’s your move, Marvel.

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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