[Update: Check out a total of 6 New Dark Knight Rises Posters!]

Yesterday fans were somewhat underwhelmed by a new poster for The Dark Knight Rises, which admittedly looked like some fan-made poster, more so than an actual official one-sheet for Chris Nolan’s conclusion to his Batman trilogy.

As if having heard the collective cry of disapproval from Batman movie fans everywhere, Warner Bros. has released this new set of Dark Knight Rises posters, this time highlighting each of the principal characters: Batman (Christian Bale), Bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).

The new posters are certainly better than the ‘Batman on Fire’ image of the previously-release one-sheet – but in terms of highlighting the characters’ looks and costumes, I’m still partial to the unofficial Dark Knight Rises promotional artwork released not too long ago (before being swiftly removed by the studio); it really accentuated both the look and function of each character’s costume (albeit in hyper-realistic, airbrushed fashion). These latest posters mostly beg the question: does any costumed hero/villain in Gotham City have eyes?

‘Dark Knight Rises’ picks up eight years after ‘The Dark Knight’ and finds Bruce Wayne trying to enjoy his retirement from crime fighting, settling down with love interest Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard). Things go bad when Bane shows up and hatches a terrorist plot, essentially cutting off Gotham City from the outside world, while ousting an out of practice Batman from his pedestal. Down and broken, Bruce Wayne must find a way to reclaim his mantle and win back his city. In the meantime, Gothamites like Catwoman and GCPD officer John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) try to survive Bane’s new world order until Batman can rise again.

If you missed them before, check out all three Dark Knight Rises trailers:

The Dark Knight Rises in theaters on July 20, 2012.

Source: Warner Bros. UK