The Dark Knight Rises The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises... and, based on the first trailer for the third film, he also falls.

Christian Bale will once again put on the Batman suit to fight new bad guys, including Tom Hardy's Bane. He isn't the only Inception star reuniting with director Christopher Nolan though. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play a beat cop, while Marion Cotillard joins as a Wayne Enterprises board member, and Michael Caine returns as the always reliable Alfred. Anne Hathaway will also star as Selina Kyle, the alter ego of Catwoman.

Before you get too excited about the return of Batman, the trailer boasts this movie as being "the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend." We haven't been this sad to see the end of a Batman story since 1997's Batman & Robin, you know, when they added nipples to Batman's suit. Just kidding, George Clooney, we were happy to see you go!

Check out the first trailer for the film, which is scheduled to hit theaters July 20, 2012: