THE DARK KNIGHT RISES isn’t released in the UK until July 20th, 2012 but that date can’t come soon enough for us to see the final film in this epic Batman trilogy.

All good things must come to an end and I’m sure THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Christopher Nolan’s final chapter in his extraordinary, revisionist Batman trilogy will be amazing. Perhaps the most hotly anticipated film in many a year and following the $1 billion-plus grossing second film The Dark Knight will be no small feat but I think Nolan has it covered from the look of this teaser trailer just out.

From what we know about the new film, we pick up the action eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, when Batman had taken the fall for District Attorney Harvey Dent’s actions. Now a recluse in Wayne Manor with only the reliable Alfred (the always winning Michael Caine) in attendance, will we ever see the caped crusader again?

And you can almost feel that anticipation in this exchange between Gary Oldman‘s fantastic Commissioner Gordon and Christian Bale‘s terrifically conflicted hero Bruce Wayne:

“The Batman has to come back.

What if he doesn’t exist anymore?

He must… he must…”

So let’s take a look at the teaser trailer and begin the journey…