Now that the Harry Potter series has ended, the refrain might as well be that of Warner Bros.:

The Batman has to come back.

The hotly anticipated teaser trailer has just landed for “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christopher Nolan’s “epic conclusion” that Warner Bros. will be banking on next summer as it turns its eyes to its next blockbuster film franchise.

Just in time for San Diego Comic-Con Week (and Marvel’s in-theater teaser for next summer’s “The Avengers”), here’s the minute-and-a-half teaser with a shadowed Christian Bale back as the Batman — and Gary Oldman returning as Commissioner Gordon, imploring for the Caped Crusader’s return:


“Dark Knight Rises” not only brings back Michael Caine, but also adds Marion Cotillard (new to Wayne Enterprises) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Hale, hale, much of Nolan’s “Inception” gang is here to ride to Bruce Wayne’s rescue.

And of course, Anne Hathaway will debut as Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman), and Tom Hardy climbs aboard as the Bane of Batman’s existence.

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IN OTHER DC SUPERHERO NEWS, DC Comics announces today that come September, as part of its “New 52” reboot, it will “usher in a new Superman for the new century.” Within that announcement come two key bits of news for Supes:

1. In George Perez’s story for the ongoing Superman books (as opposed to Grant Morrison’s Action Comics), Clark Kent will be single — as Lois dates a Daily Planet colleague.

2. Also, DC is having the Man of Steel ditch the red Underoos look for all-blue, extra-form-fitting leggings.

Hmm. Superman is single and he’s showing off more of his form? One wonders just what DC and Warner Bros. have up their Latex sleeve for Kal-El’s next feature film.


AND IN OTHER BATMAN VIDEO NEWS, one of the greatest artists the Batman has ever known — Jim Lee — today has uploaded his dry-erase drawing of the Joker from 2008 (perhaps not so coincidentally, the year of “The Dark Knight”):