At first glance, the new TV spot for The Dark Knight Rises looks like a clever practical joke — a bit like the re-edited trailer for The Shining that made it look like a family comedy. That’s because the new TV spot features Reno 911‘s Thomas Lennon as a doctor who gives Bruce Wayne an increasingly absurd rundown of all the injuries he’s received as Batman, and until now, none of the Dark Knight Rises trailers have even hinted at the possibility that the movie could contain some form of comedic relief. (Indeed, the previous trailers have made it look like one of the darkest, most serious movies ever made).
But apparently the new TV spot is the real deal.
Fun fact: Thomas Lennon also played a doctor in Christopher Nolan’s Memento.