Posters of Prominence: “The Dark Knight”

Nigel Druitt

An avid Flickcharter since 2009, Nigel is a self-described fanboy whose Top 20 is dominated by the likes of Indiana Jones, Frodo Baggins and Marty McFly. Nigel is the Canadian arm of the Flickchart Blog, but try not to hold that against him. You can find him on Flickchart as johnmason.

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5 Responses

  1. Travis McClain says:

    The first time I saw this poster was in the lobby of our local theater, the Oldham 8. As I recall, we were running behind so I didn’t have the time I normally have to peruse the wall of posters for forthcoming movies. I may have noticed it, but I don’t remember registering what it was. I do, however, clearly recall passing it on my way out of the theater and literally stopping in my tracks to just stare at it.

    I love the teasing nature of the image. It’s suggestive, without showing us enough to really know what we’re getting. The purple is recognizable enough as the Joker, but we don’t see the face. We were left to speculate what the makeup would be; I suspect few of us conjured images of what the real thing was.

    Fun fact: Circuit City closed its doors around the end of 2008, not too long after The Dark Knight hit DVD. They had a store exclusive version of it, bundling a journal with the DVD. The journal was full of blank pages and had a Joker cover. Anyway, the slipcover for their release used this poster instead of the Batpod poster art that was the regular 2-disc DVD release slipcover. I never got my hands on the Circuit City version, but I wanted it just for that slipcover!

  2. Nigel Druitt says:

    Oh, yeah, wow, that would have been fantastic. I managed to get a steelbook version of the DVD, which has the Batpod poster on the front (one of my least favorite posters of the campaign) with the Joker on the back (facing forward, on an angle, holding the gun, sparks whirling) – which is one of my favorites. But that slipcover…that would have been cool. (I feel like such a nerd…)

    Man, I was kind of disappointed in the special edition DVD. It really, REALLY needed a commentary or something… Nolan, Bale and Eckhart would have been fantastic.

  3. Travis McClain says:

    Nigel, I entirely agree about being underwhelmed by the bonus content. I think the title of my review on Amazon is, “Great Movie; Disappointing DVD.” In any event, I don’t want to go too far off-topic from the poster artwork you selected so I’ll save the rest of my remarks on the topic of the DVD release for another day.

  4. Travis McClain says:

    My attention was just drawn to a limited edition silkscreen poster from San Francisco’s Castro Theatre that went on sale today. I’m not shilling for the poster or the theater, but rather think that Dark Knight fans may be interested in the art. It’s got a sort of Rorschach meets Vegas quality to it.

  5. Nigel Druitt says:

    Wow. Pretty cool.