I personally don’t care for geek sites that post rumors as news. I’d rather spend my time doing something worthwhile (like watching a movie) than trudging through alleged “news” that gets discredited a day later. Unless something is 100 percent confirmed, I won’t believe it, let alone report on it. But the rumor that a ‘Dark Knight Rises’ teaser trailer will play before ‘Harry Potter’ showings this weekend has been solidified as fact when a source of my own confirmed it today.
While I usually have to rely on press releases and other news sources for my accredited confirmations, this one came from a friend who works as the general manager of a local theater. When the hard drives containing the digital prints of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ showed up, he noticed that the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ teaser was on them as well. However, it’s encrypted. Until the ‘Harry Potter’ keys go active at 7PM on Thursday night, the trailer is locked. It’s typical for high-profile films to be locked until opening, but I’ve never heard of a trailer being locked before.
Other sites are claiming to have theater chain contacts like mine that have actually played the teaser. Don’t believe it. There’s no way that happened.
Some sites have even claimed that the teaser showed up with the 35mm film prints of ‘Harry Potter’. My assumption? Don’t believe that either. Why would the studio go to the trouble of digitally locking the teaser just to give out film prints of the same thing that can be played or shown at any theater worker’s convenience? Warner Bros. isn’t going to make that mistake.
One site posted a description of the teaser trailer yesterday, claiming that it showed up with a 35mm print. In the description, the writer talked about watching it ten times in a row. If someone was die-hard enough to watch the trailer ten times and submit a large anonymous write-up about it, why wouldn’t that person pull a ‘Deathblow’ (yes, that’s a ‘Seinfeld’ reference) by recording it and being the first person to post a bootleg copy online?
Although the majority of the theaters across America have switched to digital cinema, there are enough film-print theaters out there showing ‘Harry Potter’ this weekend that a cell-phone bootleg of the teaser would have popped up online by now had it really been included with the 35mm prints. Bootleg Comic-Con footage from public events show up online just minutes after happening. With just a day left until the keys go active, and days after actual ‘Harry Potter’ prints arrived, why hasn’t bootleg footage of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ teaser appeared yet?
Don’t believe the rumors. My press screening of ‘Harry Potter’ on Monday night didn’t show the teaser because it wasn’t included on the screening hard drives. When studios want to keep something secret, they never show it to the press. For example, the Nick Fury post-credits easter egg ending to the first ‘Iron Man’ film was not included with press screenings. Trust me – I waited for it.
Yes, theaters already have the teaser trailer, but it’s not watchable yet. If you’re going to a Thursday showing of ‘Harry Potter’ at 7 PM (or later) at a digital cinema, then you should get to see the ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ teaser trailer for yourself.