The Dark Knight Rises posterThe Dark Knight Rises: Three new posters surface online

The Dark Knight Rises had several other posters that never made it to billboards and computer screensavers around the globe. Now, Trailer Park, the marketing company that created the posters for TDKR distributor Warner Bros., has posted on their website three of those. The most striking – and the most different from the posters used during the Dark Knight Rises marketing blitz – is the one picture above. Another poster features Bane in his trademark “Come and Get It” pose, while another yet has the word FEAR printed on it. (Above, The Dark Knight Rises previously unseen poster.)

A major worldwide box office hit, The Dark Knight Rises turned out to be a domestic letdown of sorts. Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie failed to live up to expectations in the United States, where critical reception was mostly positive but not nearly as overwhelmingly enthusiastic as it had been for The Dark Knight four years earlier.

In any case, The Dark Knight Rises didn't do too badly for a “letdown.” The third Batman flick grossed $1.08 billion worldwide ($447.91 million in North America), is a potential (though not necessarily “likely”) Best Picture Academy Award contender, and on December 4 it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray – surely to become a home video blockbuster as well. (For the record: the first Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale Batman collaboration was Batman Begins, released in 2005.)

The Dark Knight Rises cast

In addition to Christian Bale as Batman / Bruce Wayne, The Dark Knight Rises features Tom Hardy as the evil Bane, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. Other TDKR cast members include Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Modine, and Tom Conti. Written by Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises' basic theme was inspired by Charles Dickens' novel of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities.

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