Dark Knight Rises, Buildings Fall
The first teaser poster for “The Dark Knight Rises,” one the most highly anticipated comic book movies of all time, just hit Hollywood like an earthquake, sending tremors through the studio system, the blogosphere, and the souls of fans worldwide.
The poster’s dark, ominous tone is perfectly tuned to director Christopher Nolan’s noir-esque vision for Batman, reminiscent of Frank Miller’s “Year One.” Its focal point, which you may not notice at first, is the bat symbol outlined by crumbling skyscrapers – a stunning reinvention of this franchise’s age-old visual hook.
But this one-sheet goes deeper than branding the bat. Its POV is Batman’s phantasmagoric hallucination of the bat signal rising over an apocalyptic Gotham – a sign of hope in an otherwise foreboding nightmare. Indeed, it leaves a lasting impression, like waking up from a dream you can’t shake off. This poster – undoubtedly an instant classic – is that dream.