‘Dark Knight Trilogy’ & ‘Rises: Broken Cowl Edition’ Blu-Ray Images Appear Online

Published 1 year ago by , Updated July 4th, 2014 at 10:00 am,

Dark Knight Rises Trilogy Box Art Broken Cowl Edition Dark Knight Trilogy & Rises: Broken Cowl Edition Blu Ray Images Appear Online

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight saga has come to a close now that The Dark Knight Rises has put Batman’s house in order. For some, that’s cause for reflection and appreciation. For others, it means counting the days until the inevitable ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’ deluxe-chromed-collector’s edition will be priced and dated. While we know that TDKR will arrive on Blu-Ray this December 4, Warner Bros. has remained quiet about the special edition(s) being planned.

Now new images have surfaced of not just the UK DVD and Blu-ray artwork, but additional ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’ box sets and a Dark Knight Rises ‘Broken Cowl Edition’ featuring a replica of Batman’s shattered mask. While completely unofficial, the proposed styling and combination of artwork from the franchise’s history is somewhat of a mixed bag.

The release of a TDKR special edition has always been inevitable, despite confirmations that an eventual ‘Director’s Cut’ of Nolan’s last Batman film for fans to look forward to was just a pipe dream. Leave well enough alone, we suppose, but the new images apparently gracing the covers of both the DVD and Blu-ray fall somewhat short of Rise‘s tone and marketing. For starters, the Blu-ray cover is nothing more than the fiery poster for the film, foregrounding Batman against the burning symbol amidst crumbling buildings. The DVD cover features the same posing hero, now quite awkwardly and disproportionally placed over a backdrop of Gotham police cars. The combination of existing publicity assets is odd to say the least, but things get even more suspicious with the special editions and bundled trilogy.

The ‘Broken Cowl Edition’ lives up to its name, placing the movie disc within a base mounted replica of Batman’s Bane-shattered cowl. It’s worth pointing out (for the die-hard continuity fans) that the broken cowl is a recreation of the version seen in the above poster, not the film itself. No information on which format, or how many discs are included.

Rumored Dark Knight Trilogy artwork (CLICK FOR IMAGES)

Dark Knight Rises Trilogy Dark Knight Trilogy & Rises: Broken Cowl Edition Blu Ray Images Appear Online

In the case of the ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’ box set, the overall concept appears to have been designed with more attention to detail and past films. The combination of Batman Begins‘ logo formed from bats, The Dark Knight‘s exploded-building treatment, and TDKR‘s white-and-black aesthetic into a single logo is a strong idea. But it was also a strong idea that surfaced months ago through numerous fan sites. Not saying that fan art can’t be particularly inspired, but it isn’t very often that a major studio adopts a single concept into their packaging.

Both interiors follow the same layout, but the mixing and matching of each film’s various logo styles is a similarly odd choice, with TDKR‘s particularly inventive, not to mention unnerving cracking-ice-logo completely absent. Add the fact that the images claim a copy of The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy is included – a book much too large to fit into the case proposed – and it’s even clearer that these details should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s best to await official announcements from WB before pre-ordering.

There’s every possibility that these images do reflect the retail versions of the film, but with the release still months away, it’s just as likely that these are mock-ups. After all, even massive Blu-ray collector sets can end up being pulled.

The Dark Knight Rises will hit DVD/Blu-ray on December 4, 2012.

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Source: CBM, MessenjahMatt.com

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  1. this trilogy has exact same pattern as star wars…

  2. I want the Broken Cowl edition. If that really is the trilogy set, I will be severely disappointed. I want more than a book…..

  3. Still calling B.S. on this one. Feels too early.

  4. cant wait for the trilogy box

  5. that dvd cover is UGLY – wow! I could care less as I hated the movie lol but dayum that is awful.

  6. I remember seeing all those pics if the box art a few months ago, and they were confirmed as fan made art a while ago. Same thing with the broken cowl figure sadly, I would want that

  7. This movie was overrated and gaaaaaaaaaaay. Wake up fanboys. Batman Begins was THE BEST.

    • Wake yourself up. Nolan’s the only one who has so far created the only tuly great superhero film trilogy and Best. Comic Book Fim Villain. Ever!
      Loki who? LOL!

      • Too true mate. The Dark Knight Rises is an excellent film. And the trilogy is something really special for me. Cant wait to get the last one.

    • @Instigator: you don’t know what the word gay means, do you? Or were you going with the rather homophobic meaning weak and lame

      • SFlare and Nero…

        I happen to agree, wholeheartedly, with both of you. However, remember the name our little friend above chose for himself: “Instigator”.

        He thinks he’s being clever…heh-heh.

  8. The broken cowl edition is real. It was confirmed in the TDKR Facebook page. I just hope the trilogy box set is real because I just creamed all over myself just looking at it

  9. If they use a broken cowl for the dvd case I hope DC and Warner Bros have proper licensing from Batman to use his trademarked mask. Otherwise the g****** BATMAN will unleash his fury upon all the warehouses full of the dvds.

  10. I already have the DVDs of the first 2 movies.

    Now I can’t buy the trilogy set.

    *First world problems

  11. I loved this movie great end to the series. But batman begins is still the best in the series though the joker is the best villain in the series.

    I would want the trilogy but I already have the art and making of the batman trilogy so I probably won’t get the trilogy set but i do want the broken cowl hopefully it just comes with the basic BluRay DVD combo pack. Cuz I’d buy that. :) awesome.

    But yeah the basic DVD one is lame. Lame cover.

  12. The broken cowl will be a blu ray/dvd combo pack guys :) That is the one I will most likely be getting :D

  13. If that’s the Blu Ray trilogy case then that’s a real shame because the DVD case looks so much better. The BR one is too plain.

  14. If the 2 disc DVD is as good as the other two in the trilogy that would be great. Lots of speical feature and behind the scenes featurettes please… Don’t let the side down on the final chapter Mr. Nolan and friends…

  15. Aww man, I got BB and TDK on Blu-ray steelbook. I really like the Broken Cowl. Really stands out.
    As for the trilogy box set, I kinda like the simplicity. Very “Nolany” if you think about it. I would feel stupid if I bought the box set xD But hopefully Best Buy has a badass steelbook coming..

  16. I’m getting the trilogy box-set no matter what, and if that pic is real (which I have my doubts about), then I think I’ll be really happy with my purchase.

    I wish they’d just release something official already…

    • I’m also getting the Blu-ray trilogy box set, but that limited edition with the broken Cowl is pretty sweet.

  17. If you check back on Amazon UK, they’ve already changed the Blu-Ray trilogy to reflect the cover of the US edition. Also, of note is the now completely different interior decoration as compared to the DVD version.

    Also, the lack of the “Rises Ice-logo” might be explained by the French Amazon website, where a “three-in-one” (possibly lenticular, I don’t read French that well) packaging is shown for the DVD version.

    Am I the only one who thinks the DVD trilogy looks way better than the Blu-Ray trilogy, btw?

  18. Saw the unboxing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpfEX-ZlNdE&feature=g-user-u. I decided to buy it but there is no extended scenes or any good speical features but the cowl does look pretty cool.

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