Tom Hardy stars as Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Tell the truth: After all the hype and build-up, the speculation about how the trilogy will end, whether Batman will die, whether Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Robin and whether Marion Cotillard plays the daughter of Liam Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul and all the rest, are you maybe getting a tad tired of The Dark Knight Rises before it even opens?

Each new trailer and poster, every TV spot and every star utterance has been endlessly recycled and pored over for clues. Add to that the viral marketing, and it’s becoming clear that it’s possible for devotees to live their lives immersed in Batman 24/7.

But wait! There’s more. Here is a 13-minute TV special.

The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters and on IMAX on July 20. The last chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Morgan Freeman.

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