Chris Nolan’s Batman movies have always inspired a huge amount of fan art – whether it be posters or images or mashup videos, and The Dark Knight Rises has been no exception.

However, it’s rare that we see a fan-made Bat-vid that uses original footage – as opposed to, say, a mashup of clips from the films. Today we happen to have one of those rare birds, in the form of an opening credit sequence that can probably best be described as the Batman version of those iconic opening credits from David Fincher’s Se7en.

Have a look at The Dark Knight Rises opening credit sequence, as envisioned by “Dogan Can Gundogdu”:

Certain film editing pros (and would-be pros) may disagree, but in our opinion it is hard to say that this is not some quality work. At the core of that montage are some Saul Bass stylishings – what with the string of imagery directly relating to Bane’s (Tom Hardy) terrorist plot against Gotham City. However, as mentioned above, there is that dark and gritty tinge to the footage that recalls the aforementioned opening credits from Se7en, in which a serial killer does some scrap-booking in preparation for his grand design of murder and madness.

Whereever Mr. Dogan might’ve been borrowing from, the end product is uniquely his own; and, if Chris Nolan ever bothered with opening credits in his films, we’d say that this would be one approach worth serious consideration for the theatrical cut.

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

Source: Vimeo user Dogan Can Gundogdu