Best Fan-Made Poster of The Dark Knight Rises… so far

Happy Monday, all! I saw this over the weekend as my hubby was browsing his iPad during dinner. Have you seen this one? The poster was featured on one of the coolest sites I follow on Twitter, BitRebels, and I agree with the article writer that fan-made art are getting even more impressive lately, that they’re often better than what the studios actually churn out (case in point: these atrocious ones from X-Men: First Class).

Naturally, superhero movies are probably going to generate a lot more fan-art creations than regular features, especially one as highly-anticipated as Christopher Nolan’s Batman 3, a.k.a. The Dark Knight Rises. There are half a dozen great ones featured on this bitrebels article, some of them featuring the possible villains for the movie, but this has got to be my all-time favorite. I mean, WOW… just WOW!

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I’m not just mesmerized by how good this poster looks, but it also captures the ending of The Dark Knight perfectly, how Batman is now on the run from authorities. That broken glass in the bat shape speaks so much his predicament, surrounded by Gotham police helicopters as he makes his escape. I loved the dark, moody TDK’s posters with the blueish hue which is also incorporated into this version. I don’t know the name of the person who did it, but I found a quote from him (or it could also be a she?) from DeviantArt site that explains his rationale for creating the poster, and I’m even more impressed by the way the broken glass effect was created. Amazing stuff.

I had an image in mind of the bat symbol assembled from shards of broken glass – possibly a prophetic vision of how Chris Nolan will open The Dark Knight Rises…but likely not. In any case, I built on that thought to make this image, of Batman viewed through a hole in a smashed window, looking out into a brighter day against the cold gray of Gotham (the first two films were seemingly color-coded sepia and blue, so maybe the third will be in gray tones to symbolize the “shades of gray” that represent the justice system…but I’m getting ahead of things again).

The broken glass effect was made by scanning pieces of plastic wrap, then using select portions of those scans. Tiring stuff.


What do you think of some of the fan-made posters for Batman 3? Or if you’ve seen some other spectacular fan-art for this movie or other superhero flicks, do share.

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33 thoughts on “Best Fan-Made Poster of The Dark Knight Rises… so far

    • Glad you like it, Lesya. I’m trying to keep my enthusiasm for this movie in check, so I do try to stay away from all the whirlwind gossips surrounding it. But when I saw this poster I just couldn’t help not to share :)

  1. Yeah I’ve seen those posters a few months ago, some of them came out right before the official title of the film was announced. I like one you featured there but my favorite is the one with The Riddler in the background. Not sure if you seen that one, has that gritty crime look to it and even though I didn’t want to see The Riddler in the new film, that poster sold me.

    • Wow, a few months ago? Clearly I’m not up to date on my superhero stuff :) Yeah I saw the Riddler one but I’m not as keen on the grittier looking version, and I’m kinda glad The Riddler isn’t on Nolan’s Batman flicks.

        • Whoa!!! I haven’t seen that version, now I see what you mean. Yeah, after seeing that, I’m sold too. I guess Jim Carrey sort of ruined The Riddler for me… if the character is more sophisticated like this one then yeah ok, I don’t mind it. Somehow the rain effect reminds me of Road to Perdition, ahah. Thanks for sending this, Ted.

          • Yeah I know, Jim Carrey definitely ruined that character for me too. Had Nolan decided to use him as the villain in The Dark Knight Rises, I’m sure he would make the character more grounded and sinister, just like The Joker. But people will always compare The Riddler to The Joker so we’ll see what he came up with for Bane and Catwoman.

          • Don’t worry, Ruth. I hadn’t seen those posters till now either. Looked through all the others and still the one here is my favorite. The one with the mob was pretty cool too. And I somewhat liked the Bane one showing him from behind with the bat symbol carved into his back.

            On another note, I liked Jim Carrey as The Riddler. Definitely his take on it was a very campy take, but that’s what the script called for. He did well with what he was given.

    • Ahah, be that as it may, I think it’s still a cool looking poster. I’d say they may be able to spot him but they can’t catch him :)

    • I really like the poster. Looks pretty awesome. But I kinda agree with Castor. At first I just thought they were circling the city. Then I realized they were actually honed in on Batman.

      I think it would’ve been better if they were just in the distance scouring the city, meanwhile Batman is escaping in the dark unbenownst to the police.

    • I know, me too Michael. I was gonna say I think EVERYONE is anticipating this movie, but I just had my friend brought back my Batman Begins dvd that I lent her a while ago and she’s NOT looking forward to watching TDK, let alone TDKR. She said she prefers the Adam West version of Batman :D

      • Oh, yes, the cheeky, campy, cheesy version of Batman from the 60s… bring it on! Well, I’m not a super hero lover like all the rest of you, so when I do get involved with one, it HAS to be on the lighter side ;=D

  2. Very cool poster. I wonder what the official one will be like…

    This film is going to be a massive success, I hope it’s better than TDK though because I wasn’t very impressed by that one.

    • I hope the official one won’t be as lame as the X-Men ones, surely they gotta beat the fan-made versions! Thanks for your comment, Jack.

    • Didn’t like TDK? What didn’t you like about it? I think it’s one of the best comic book superhero books ever. With that, Nolan actually gave some hope to the genre unlike these tired redundant shallow movies that keep coming out (with a slew of them this year).

      I have faith TDKR will be even better, though. Nolan wasn’t obligated to come back for a third and had said he’d only do it if he felt he could come up with something good and worthy (and possibly better than TDK).

      • That’s right JL, the more I watched TDK the more I admire Nolan’s direction. The story is so complex and filled with pathos but yet still manage to be entertaining (I LOVE all the batpod scenes). So yeah, I have faith he’ll deliver something that elevates the superhero genre into a formidable cinematic piece.

  3. Plastic wrap? There you go spoiling the illusion!! hehe

    Hi Ruth and other Flixers. Back to work now after a 4 day weekend. Oh no we have another coming this weekend!!! wowsers!

    Hope you are well

    C

    • Four-day weekend for Easter? How sweet, we didn’t even get Good Friday off, bummer. In any case, Easter is always special to me. Glad to hear from you, Custard!

        • Man, I wish I live in England!! So y’all got a day off to watch the royal wedding, eh, how awesome! I wish I could watch it live but it’ll be around 3AM in the morning here when it starts, so I might see if I can tape it. They’d have the highlights on tv, but it’d be more fun to see it happening live. I wish William & Kate the best… hope their marriage would last, surely it can’t be worse than William’s parents!

  4. Very impressive poster. Not only does it make me want to see the next film right now it actually gives me a rather unnerving sense of vertigo.

  5. an amazing poster. You’re right. A lot of fan art lately supercedes the quality of the studio. I am highly disappointed with the Xmen posters too! Wish I had the skills to make a poster.

    Oooh! Lightbulb!!! You should do a poster making contest post! Show off them skills! :)

    • A poster making contest, great idea, maybe I should do that one of these days. I don’t have the skills to make THAT good of a poster either, even though my dad actually was a poster artist back in the day, he did ‘em in oil and canvas though, this was pre-computer era.

    • Ahah, well the answer is: Batman Wayne Tech Mega Cape

      Per Wiki – In the 2005 film Batman Begins, the cape was also used as a sort of hang glider; when an electric current was applied to the cape, the shape-memory fibers (much like Shape memory polymer) aligned into a semi-rigid form resembling a bat’s wings, allowing Batman to glide over the streets and rooftops of Gotham.

      So yeah, he absolutely can glide that high :D

  6. Great poster, although I could tell from the way the “smashed window” is at the edges that it’s made from plastic wrap. Nevertheless, a great poster and the story behind it makes it all the more special.

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