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'The Dark Knight Rises' Teaser Poster Hits Web (PHOTO)

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

From the rubble of a city, a broken hero must rise again.

Warner Bros. has released the first teaser poster for the third and final Christopher Nolan-directed Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," and it's as dark and mysterious as one might expect. Panning up through a seemingly post-apocalyptic Gotham, the famous Bat signal tears through the roofs of shattered buildings, calling on their hero in a time of desperation.

The problem, though, is that Batman -- played once again by Christian Bale -- will at some point be incapacitated by Tom Hardy's Bane, a super serum-pumped runaway from Arkham Asylum. Of course, that teases the Dark Knight's rising up, but that's enough of the spoilers for now.

Christian Bale will take his final turn Batman, with Gary Oldman back as Commissioner Gordon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a new ally in the Gotham Police Department. Anne Hathaway will take on Selena Kyle/Catwoman, while Marion Cotillard is slated to play Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises employee. Josh Pence is going evil as young Ra's al Ghul, and Matthew Modine and Joey King also have small parts in the film.

While you're taking in this poster, check out earlier marketing material, including a foreboding shot of Bane.

The poster can be found at the film's official site, too.

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