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The Dark Knight Rises 'premiere' Christian Bale Joseph Gordon-Levitt Gary Oldman
The Dark Knight Rises "premiere": Gary Oldman, Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Dark Knight Rises "premiere" at the MTV Movie Awards 2012: "Mankind needs heroes," intones Gary Oldman while presenting, alongside Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, footage from The Dark Knight and Batman Begins. "But sometimes the legend of the hero is even more important than the hero himself. In Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, Batman has transcended comic books and film to become a legend for a new era." (Please scroll down for the TDKR intro clip.) [See also: Back online The Dark Knight Rises trailer/new footage.]

What followed Oldman's lofty speech (and Bale's and Gordon-Levitt's) was a montage featuring moments from Christopher Nolan's first two Batman movies, Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008), both starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. According to reports (I didn't watch the show), Christian Bale got "emotional" when he saw scenes featuring eventual Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Heath Ledger as The Joker. Ledger, until then best known for his gay cowboy in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, died a few months before The Dark Knight was released.

Then Christopher Nolan introduced new clips from The Dark Knight Rises. Much of the footage featured Anne Hathaway chatting with Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("A girl's gotta eat," Hathaway's Selina Kyle/Catwoman explains.) Much of the rest of the TDKR footage featured the usual explosions, rapid cuts, and the like. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. has made the clips unavailable online. (Now back online, see link above.)

Co-written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises features Oscar winner Christian Bale, Les Misérables' Anne Hathaway, Rust & Bone's Marion Cotillard, Lawless' Tom Hardy, Inception's Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy's Gary Oldman, and Educating Rita' Michael Caine.

Also: Million Dollar Baby's Morgan Freeman, Reuben Reuben's Tom Conti, Full Metal Jacket's Matthew Modine, Battleship's Josh Pence, Lovelace's Juno Temple, One from the Money's Daniel Sunjata, Killer Movie's Nestor Carbonell, and Battle Los Angeles' Joey King.

And finally: Red Dawn's Brett Cullen, Transformers' Chris Ellis, Magic Mike's Adam Rodriguez, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button's Josh Stewart, Stargate SG-1's Christopher Judge, Shadow Dancer's Aidan Gillen, and Killing Them Softly's Ben Mendelsohn.

The Dark Knight sold more tickets than The Avengers to date

As of June 1, The Dark Knight (2008), was still ahead of The Avengers at the domestic box office – in terms of ticket sales – the true measure of a film's box office success. In addition to Christian Bale, The Dark Knight features Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Aaron Eckhart.

The 2012 MTV Movie Award's Best Film winner was Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. Among the presenters and/or award recipients were The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence, Horrible Bosses' Jennifer Aniston, Snow White and the Huntsman's Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart, Prometheus' Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, and That's My Boy's Adam Sandler. Dark Shadows' Johnny Depp received a special award.

Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman / The Dark Knight Rises "premiere" at MTV Movie Awards screengrab: Warner Bros.

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