Chris Nolan is probably loving The Avengers right about now. Ever since The Avengers full trailer premiered, that comic book movie has been the center of fans (often overzealous) attention. This has allowed those involved with The Dark Knight Rises to enjoy a little extra breathing room during post-production, while the comic book movie spotlight is shined elsewhere.

Today brings our first new TDKR tidbit in a few months, as a few more details of the film’s plot (which we already had a vague idea about) are coming to light.

As usual, it is the studio’s shift into the merchandising phase of their marketing campaign that has provided insight into the movie itself. Usually the culprits are toys (action figures, collectibles, etc…) – this time, however, it is a piece of art that is the source of the info.

Daily Blam picked up on an officially licensed TDKR merchandise, which contains a brief synopsis of the film in its product details. Read on for what that synopsis had to say about Dark Knight Rises – WARNING!!! VERY MILD SPOILERS !!!: 

“When Commissioner Gordon stumbles upon a plot to destroy the city from within, Bruce Wayne gets back into action as the Batman. Waiting for him is the mysterious Selina Kyle and Bane, a lethal adversary on a crusade to tear apart Batmans legacy piece by piece.”

Granted, that is not an epic or perception-shattering summary – but it does string together several rumors and mysterious images previously seen circulating the Net – not to mention, the vague hints provided by the Dark Knight Rises trailer. It seems as though Dark Knight Rises will combine elements of the classic Batman “Knightfall” storyline (Bane’s plot to ‘break the Bat’) with elements of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” storyline (Batman coming out of retirement to stop a terrorist threat) into one pulse-pounding final act to Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Sounds good to us.

The Dark Knight rises will be in 2D and IMAX theaters on July 20, 2012.

Source: Daily Blam