‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Viral Campaign Begins!

The CIA ’dossier’ of a Russian scientist leads to more questions than answers in this first glimpse at the superhero sequel’s viral campaign.

It seems Warner Bros. has kicked off its viral campaign for The Dark Knight Rises with a fake CIA "bulletin" for a missing Russian scientist named "Leonid Pavel." The mug shot appears to be actor Alon Aboutboul, although it isn't known how this ties into The Dark Knight Rises story line. Another CIA "document" reveals a redacted transcript, which also relates to the "missing" Dr. Pavel. Take a look at these new viral clues below.

CIA Bulletin Photo #1

CIA Bulletin Photo #2

It is said these documents are clues to, "a major cultural event," which could be The Dark Knight Rises prologue attached to IMAX prints of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol on December 16. We'll be sure to keep you posted on any further information about this viral campaign for The Dark Knight Rises as soon as we have more information.

The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012 and stars Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

Sources: Wired, Empire

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Comments (43)

  1. slysnide

    On a side note, isn't it funny that an Israeli is playing a Russian nuclear physicist? :P

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  2. slysnide

    Does anybody know which website this is officially located at. It's just floating around everywhere. Like all the "TDK" viral campaign stuff is at whysoserious.com and this film's official site has only the logo with a trailer download option.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  3. ejk1

    @slysnide Play with the letters. His name may be an anagram.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  4. SherlockHolmes2009

    Hm interesting

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  5. Ghostman

    @slysnide Your guess is as good as mine. I searched online and found no results as to who he really is...might be a new character, or supposedly a Dr. Strange alias ;)

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  6. Justice Kowaleski

    What if this guys is Dr.Hugo Strange. Even Though it looks nothing like him.

    3 years agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  7. ChiRep_1

    As bad as this sounds, anybody here not opposed to Batman taking an epic beating from Bane?

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  8. slysnide

    Leonid Pavel. Why does that name sound so familiar?

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  9. Josh

    @Zachary-Horn I'm hoping so!

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  10. Superman81

    @ejk1 yea I'm pretty happy with how TDKR seems to be playing out. It all seems like Bane is a member of the LOS and this will tie him, Wayne, and Ras all together.

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

  11. ejk1

    @superman81 Good job with the new info. Interesting stuff to mull over.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  12. Sean

    Yes, it probably has something to do with hugo strange.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  13. Superman81

    I heard the rumor that was rebuked was that Bruce Wayne was the one who was suppose to land the plane. that made it seem like Wayne and bane were once working together and now Bane has a grudge against him.

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

  14. Superman81

    They don't call it venom from what I read. The description said he is in so much pain he has a constant feed of pain killer pumped into his body. Supposedly that's why he has that scar on his neck. So we will see Bane before he gets his mask.

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

  15. ChiRep_1

    @superman81 I heard that one as well, I'm pretty sure it was debunked as just a rumor though.

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  16. ejk1

    @superman81 Interesting. So pain killer instead of Venom, or is Venom a new designer drug?

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. Superman81

    From what I have read the prologue shows Bane and his team of mercenaries hijacking a plane with a dictator inside. He is successful in killing the dictator but can't land the plane so it crashes and that causes his wounds and that's why he needs the mask and pain killer that's pumped into his body.

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

  18. ChiRep_1

    I smell a trailer coming soon... That and a sh*tload of blatant speculation of course. :)

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  19. Justice Kowaleski

    Im soo pumped for the prologue next week im going to see it friday afternoon :) if no one has by the time i get back there will be a forum made :D

    3 years agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  20. Corey W.


    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  21. ejk1

    @justice-kowaleski It would definitely make more "In Nolan We Trust" bozos, but somehow I don't see it happening. Oh well.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  22. Zachary Horn

    Am i the only one who thinks this has something to do with hugo strange

    3 years agoby @Zachary-HornFlag

  23. Justice Kowaleski

    @ejk1 heres the twist just thought of it here it goes..... Christopher Nolan is using the lazarus pit as a way to announce he is a necromancer who just brought heath ledger back to life! :D eh? eh? lol hahaha

    3 years agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  24. ejk1

    @justice-kowaleski Not sure, but that's probably where Nolan's twist will come in.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  25. Justice Kowaleski

    @ejk1 ahhh that would be awesome to see on screen. but why would the lazarus pit be involved if not to revive rhas?

    3 years agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  26. ejk1

    @justice-kowaleski Touche, but people keep saying those are flashback scenes with Neeson. I think Ras (or maybe Talia) sets Bane upon Gotham to determine who should be Ras's successor and Talia's husband. Like in the "Legacy" arc, only with a Nolan twist.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  27. Justice Kowaleski

    @ejk1 NOOO!!!! i would of never thought of that i mean with all the leaked pictures of the lazarus pit and all the reports of liam neeson being on the set. lol :P

    3 years agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  28. ejk1

    @addictionnonfatel No. Penguin's identity is firmly established as Oswald Cobblepot. All of this still feels like Ras is alive.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

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