Watertower Music has posted this second set of track samples from Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for Christopher Nolan’s enormously-anticipated finale to his Batman trilogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ In crafting a complete soundscape for the Caped Crusader and the world he exists in, I’ve loved the work Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard have done for Nolan’s Batman saga. For this particular soundtrack Hans Zimmer has worked solo, however from the sounds of these samples the score for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ sounds every bit as dark, moody and bombastic as the ones for both ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight.’ Available in stores on July 17th, you can pre-order ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ soundtrack at Amazon and Amazon UK. After giving these a samples a listen, I’m definitely excited to hear the full versions of ‘The Fire Rises,’ ‘Imagine the Fire,’ ‘Nothing Out There’ and ‘Gotham’s Reckoning’ in particular, they sound like the standouts for me. If you missed the first set of 30 second samples from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ soundtrack, you can give them a peep here.

While the overall plot synopsis for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is being kept under wraps, I think it’s safe to say that that we can expect something rather special from the film judging by the subsequent installments in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight saga (‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’), the films marketing campaign, the first-rate cast and most importantly, for me, the films thrilling trailers. Based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is set eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes in ‘The Dark Knight.’ The film sees the Caped Crusader resurface to protect a city that brands him an enemy as a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Adam Rodriguez and Rob Brown co-star. The screenplay for the film is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is unleashed in cinemas and IMAX on July 20th – I’m there! The samples for the ‘The Dark Knight Rises: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ can be listened to below. In related ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ news, I’ve also posted a new low-res image of Marion Cotillard’s mysterious “Miranda Tate” character below the soundtrack samples.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

Behind the scenes, “The Dark Knight Rises” reunites the director with several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the “The Dark Knight.” The creative team includes director of photography Wally Pfister, who recently won an Oscar® for his work on Nolan’s “Inception”; production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). In addition, Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars® for the effects in “Inception,” supervised the visual and special effects, respectively. The music is composed by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”).

In helming the film, Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX® cameras even more extensively than he did on “The Dark Knight,” which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX cameras. The locations span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Slated for release beginning July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.