This weekend, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol premiered the opening sequence of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and offered the film’s theatrical trailer. Currently the opening sequence is still only in certain Imax theaters, but the trailer is now online, and offers glimpses at new cast members Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, along with returning cast members Gary Oldman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine. Check it out…

The main thing to take away from this trailer is that if the marketing department is saying “the legend ends” then this is the end of ride for Nolan and Bale in their take on the material. Of course that could all change five years from now, but I wouldn’t count on it.

You can also find the trailer on Apple, though there’s been some issues with getting the right trailer to play on certain computers. There is definitely scale, but the outside fighting and sports game stuff is a little weird for the universe. Though Nolan has improved dramatically with action scenes since taking on Batman, large scale fighting is still the weakest elements of these films. But if you saw the Imax footage, there’s no doubt that Nolan is using the Imax camera and scale to his advantage. We’ll see how it all shakes out July 20, 2012.

Is there a question that TDKR is the most anticipated film of the year?