The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan’s third and final contribution to the pantheon of Batman blockbusters, premieres two weeks from tonight.
LA-based graphic designer (and master of the reimagined movie poster) Midnight Marauder jumped on this gold mine of visual inspiration weeks ago. A few of his poster designs appear below—but it’s the DVD-cover concept he composed for Tim Burton’s 1989 classic, above, that prompts a difficult question: No matter how stellar a sequel is, can it ever measure up to a truly legendary original?
Nolan has his work cut out for him. As if Burton’s superhero-noir masterpiece didn’t present big enough shoes to fill, Nolan has his own two Batman prequels to live up to—the most recent of which garnered the late Heath Ledger more than 20 supporting-actor awards for his diabolical performance as the Joker.
That’s a tough act to follow, but if anyone’s capable of surprising jaded moviegoers, it’s the Oscar-nominated mastermind behind twist-laden thrillers like Memento and Inception. Judge for yourself starting with midnight showings July 19. In the meantime, read our previous post on Midnight Marauder, watch the dueling trailers below, and cast your vote in the comments section: What film is the odds-on favorite to be the best Batman ever?
[Artwork ©Midnight Marauder, courtesy of Midnight Marauder’s Behance page. Batman trailer courtesy of Warner Bros. Dark Knight Rises trailer courtesy of Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, Legendary Pictures, Syncopy. Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom.]