Dreaming of The Dark Knight’s Return

ok, that title won’t fly, but whoa, this freshly fan-made poster for The Dark Knight sequel is a soaring superheroic knockout. So good that early reports thought it might be the real deal, until somebody reported the source, with and without the title: chrisp85, of Sheffield, UK, who modestly characterizes himself as a “Newbie First Class.”

First Class, indeed. From the meticulous recreation of The Gotham Times (click to the larger version and you’ll see Vicki Vale wrote the Harvey Dent article), to the obsessively maniacal cryptogram puzzles reminiscent of Zodiac, this sinister effort is a gloriously grisly beauty. Suitable for framing in a professional Batman triptych, the style and mood beautifully mirror the grim perversity of my second favorite among many terrific TDK posters. (Hard to beat my #1 favorite)

The really extraordinary thing about a gorgeous fan-ufactured production like this is the amount of creative energy expended, and the degree of devoted respect shown to the source material. (Warner Bros, hire this guy!) Christopher Nolan has given us a universe than inspires other artists. To paraphrase As Good As It Gets, Mr. Nolan: You make me a better fan.

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18 Comments

  1. Alfredo
    August 18, 2008

    Someone has a lot of time on their hands…this one sheet is FANtastic! If only it were real…le sigh

  2. richard crawford
    August 18, 2008

    saw the DARK KNIGHT. It is rotten.

  3. August 18, 2008

    hope this will turn into a reality…

  4. srh1son
    August 18, 2008

    I love this poster and wish it would end up being real. Wonder if the creator is not only hoping for the Riddler, but also a return for Two-Face (since he included an article on Dent, and a photo of Aaron Eckhart, no less).

  5. Sam Juliano
    August 18, 2008

    Well Ryan, it IS a great poster, and would make a great selling point, even if this franchise needs nothing further to validate its march toward box-office history. But if I had to create a poster, it would look like THAT!

  6. Ivan
    August 18, 2008

    This poster was post like a week ago in Incontention.com

  7. Neil Alexander
    August 18, 2008

    i love that on the hands in the poster it says riddler.

    someone has wishfull thinking

  8. Jeff
    August 18, 2008

    It’s a really cool poster, no doubt about that. For a second I would like to speculate for possible titles. I have two in mind:

    The Batman

    The Caped Crusdader

  9. August 18, 2008

    Guy Pearce for The Riddler!

  10. RRA smashed the Bat Light
    August 18, 2008

    Jeff – I prefer THE CAPED CRUSADER myself.

  11. The Natural
    August 18, 2008

    The quote from AS GOOD AS IT GETS is “You make me want to be a better man,” so what you wrote is a misquote.

  12. srh1son
    August 18, 2008

    It’s a “paraphrase” not a direct quote.

  13. AJ
    August 18, 2008

    Vicki Vale…

  14. RRA wonders who has screamed more than Basinger in Burton's BATMAN
    August 18, 2008

    Vicky Vale always sucked in the comics. Reading back in the goofy-as-fuck Golden Age, she was basically Batman’s Lois Lane clone….so yeah, leave that bitch behind.

    BTW, I agree with Ryan that this is a good fan-made poster.

  15. The Natural
    August 18, 2008

    Estelle Parsons liked to scream in BONNIE AND CLYDE.

  16. glimmer
    August 19, 2008

    rabid, fandom can be cool ! :)

  17. Kyla
    August 19, 2008

    Jeff, “The Batman” is a title I hadn’t thought about. Very simple. It would work, I think.

    “Gotham” would also be interesting.

  18. caroline
    November 16, 2008

    I hope WALL-E ends up on the Best Picture Nod. If it doesn’t I will not watch the oscars.

    I also like to see the Dark Knight end up on the category, but I’m not giving it too much support because it is the most overrated movie in history. Still, I love that movie.

    What is it about animated movies to discriminate? Finding Nemo should have receive a Best Picture nod long ago. It had great storytelling.

    WALL-E is waay better than Shrek. It may not be funnier, but Shrek is what it is, a majorily comedy, while WALL-E focused more on a unique storyline. Plus WALL-E costed 180,000,000 to make. So many people worked so hard on it.

    If WALL-E doesn’t show up on the Best Picture category, I will never watch the Oscars again. Mark my words.

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