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The Dark Knight Rises T Shirt winners

The winners for the Dark Knight T Shirts are here. Some of the best drawings and digital renderings Design By Humans has ever seen. From Bane's angry face, to the stealth actions of Batman; each new Dark Knight Rises shirt has story of their own.

The Rising Shadow introduces a large portrait of Bane with Batman running toward the foreground. The ink and brush stokes give this tee energy and texture.

The Bane Shirt, by Mr. Nicolo is known for his intense shirts like Sasquatch and Dino Frenzy. He captures Bane building intensity in his hands, with a brilliant use of blues, accented by orange eyes and energy. The sure grip of Bane comes alive in this T Shirt.

When the bat signal is called the Dark Knight Arises. This Dark Knight Shirt is a sure portrayal of Batman, Gotham and the bat signal.

Once the signal is called the Dark Knight will Come From the Dark. Batman drops to the ground with a storm, accented with the cape flowing from above. This symmetrical balance frames the leading lines so you stare right into Batman's dominance.

The final fight between Batman and Bane under the depths of the bat signal put this design at the top of Christopher Nolan's list. Hello, Mr. Wayne features many fantastic design elements. This tee captures contrast, shadows and highlights to create an intense fight scene. Action, leading lines, and brilliant contrast make a t shirt worth a thousand words.

All 5 Dark Knight Rises tees are for sale for a limited time. You can purchase a piece of the Dark Knight legacy or for the big time fans you can collect the entire series at a discount. The designs are printed on soft cotton shirts for comfort and quality. The movie releases July 20th, but the shirt are available now. Thanks for all the submitted, voted and purchased shirts.

With limited print runs, get your order in as soon as you can.

It is an honor to present to you, the top 5 designs, from the most amazing talent pool of t shirt designers that Design By Humans has ever witnessed.

Contest Stats

  • 84 Countries
  • 1727 Artists
  • 3305 Submissions
  • 26,644 Voters
  • 51,800 Votes

The Dark Knight T Shirt designs are being released on Monday, April 30 with the grand prize winner to be announced on Friday, May 4th. Each day, we will reveal a new t shirt design and starting on Wednesday, Director/Writer/Producer Christopher Nolan and Producer Emma Thomas' selections will be revealed. The Dark Knight Rises designs came in from all over the globe in one of the largest t shirt competitions Design By Humans has ever hosted.

The epic journey has concluded with 5 world class Dark Knight Rises T-Shirt designs that are simply amazing. With uniquely designed t-shirt art from 84 countries, producing more then 3,000 submissions, it was no small task for Design By Humans and Warner Bros. to select our finalist. Weekly meetings between Warner Bros., DC Comics, and Design By Humans yielded hours of conversation on the artwork to approve and select winners.

The winning t shirt designs are printed on a premium blend cotton shirt for maximum comfort and quality. The t shirts are screen printed on a specialized allover press at our state of the art printing facility.

We look forward to hosting more epic t shirt design contests in the near future. In the meantime, feel free to browse our winning Dark Knight Rises shirts, and hundred of other graphic tees available on our website.

Who Will Rise? Over $13,000 incash and prizes. Every artist has a journey, every journey has an end.

The Dark Knight Rises T-Shirt Design Contest

Design By Humans is looking for several artistic Humans to design epic t-shirts, inspired by the upcoming, highly anticipated film The Dark Knight Rises, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

The top 3 winners will be chosen
by Director/Writer/Producer
Christopher Nolan!

This exclusive contest is your rare opportunity to produce artwork for one of the most renowned movie entities on the planet and have a chance to get your design seen by the Art Department at Warner Bros. and The Dark Knight Rises filmmakers.

From the top 10 finalists selected, the top 3 winners will be chosen by The Dark Knight Rises Director/Writer/Producer Christopher Nolan and Producer Emma Thomas. Collectively, finalists will have the opportunity to win up to $12,500 in prize money for their winning t-shirt design, with the top prize being $3,500. The contest starts now and we will be accepting submissions until April 11th at midnight. The contest is free to enter, but you must follow the guidelines and accept the terms below.

Contest Guidelines

  1. If the logo is to be used, artist must use the official Bat emblem from The Dark Knight Rises as provided in this link.
  2. Interpretations of The Dark Knight Rises versions of Batman, Catwoman, Bane and other Batman elements are allowed.
  3. Two-Face, The Joker or Scarecrow are not allowed and will be rejected.
  4. All submissions are reviewed by Design By Humans and Warner Bros.
  5. Read the DBH submission Terms of Service.
Final Rules and Regulations »


  1. 1st Place
    $3,500 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  2. 2nd Place
    $3,000 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  3. 3rd Place
    $2,500 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  4. 4th Place
    $2,000 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  5. 5th Place
    $1,500 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  6. 6th - 10th Place
    Option to sell artwork to DBH

Contest Deadlines

  • March 19, 2012
    Official The Dark Knight Rises contest begins
  • April 11, 2012 - Midnight PST
    Submission ends
  • April 22, 2012 - Midnight PST
    Online voting ends
  • April 30, 2012
    Top 5 Winners Countdown Begins

The Dark Knight Rises contest consists of 4 different phases: creating a design, submitting artwork for approval, voting for the best designs, and announcing the winners. As an artist you can submit conceptual t-shirt designs, as an community member you can vote for your favorites, and the top 5 winning designs will be available for purchase at the end of the contest.

Design By Humans features 100's of premium cotton T Shirts with creative design concepts. Browse the shop section with a gallery of iconic design, check out the vote section to support other winning designs or become a member of the forum. Thank you for participating in the Dark Knight Rises Contest and leaving your mark on this epic legend.


Sorool Sorool Artist from United States

I just submitted mine, but I forgot to pick a shirt color, and I don’t want to submit another in case they reject both because they’re the same thing. What should I do? I don’t want to end up with a pink shirt.

5cents 5cents Artist from Slovenia

@DYOKER: If you ask me the problem is probably your choice of words. Send an email to DBH for an explanation, why it was rejected. I am not an expert but apperently there have been many designs that needed to remove any kind of inscriptions on the designs due to legal terms.

DYOKER DYOKER Artist from Spain

This is the 5th time i’ve changed my 2nd participation and WARNER DOESN’T ACCEPT IT!!! : SSSSSSSSS what the hell is wrong? : S. Can anybody tell me why? : O

5cents 5cents Artist from Slovenia

@DYOKER: I got an email explaining that the initials do not represent batman brand.. sooo I gues it was TDKR that was inacceptable. However I do not see drawing something from promotional material to be the problem, there are quite many entries like that in the running already. Thanks tho.

DYOKER DYOKER Artist from Spain

5cents it was rejected because of the copyright, that pic exists if you copy it they are going to reject it…Even if you draw it. I think that’s probably the problem.

DYOKER DYOKER Artist from Spain

You are right 7sixes, you can use the computer but so many people forget the CREATIVITY : P

7sixes 7sixes Artist from Minnesota, United States

Ugh…people need some common sense in the art world…just because computers let you copy and paste images doesnt mean you can do it AND CALL IT YOURS!

ccink ccink Artist from United States

@flickcreations – The actual creator of your plagiarised t-shirt design is Erik Von Lehmann. I’m sure he’d be delighted to know you stole his art. It’s one thing to work from promotional stills of the film or to create original art altogether for this contest, it’s an entirely different matter when you claim someone else’s work as your own. You need to learn a thing or two about ethics and plagiarism.

Batman1million Batman1million Human from United States

Here is my design that got rejected. Just want to see if you guys like it or not. It got rejected not going to re-submit another one, spent too much time on this.

Vontes Vontes Human from United States

@FlickCreations So you steal someone else s art don’t give credit to the artist, and claim it as your own. that’s illegal buddy

jshoemake15 jshoemake15 Artist from United States

are you the one who made this one on deviant art?..... cuz its really good if you are!!!

jshoemake15 jshoemake15 Artist from United States

This is the design i’ve been working on all day yesterday…. I hope it makes it and I hope you guys like it!!!

BaneRising BaneRising Human from United States

I entered 2 submissions, and it told me to read the terms and policy again? I did and I’m still confused as to what rules I didn’t follow or what I did wrong?

AHardDaysKnite AHardDaysKnite Human from United States

@PatM23 — I really dig that. It’s almost like a Batman version of T-1000 coming outta the fire in Terminator 2!

AHardDaysKnite AHardDaysKnite Human from United States

@thegreatscode — Thank you! I got to put my love of golden-age comic artwork to good use for a change! Haha. Yeah, I submitted the design onto a red shirt, and omitted the background-red entirely. Here’s hoping!

thegreatscode thegreatscode Human from United States

@AHardDaysKnite lol i’m most entertained with that one. you can recycle colors to reduce quantity of colors used. also you can put it on a red shirt so that that’s another color they don’t have to use. that alone would most likely get you well in the printable ball park.

wafalo wafalo Artist from United States

So I tried to go simple by having a bat fly out from flames to symbolize Batman overcoming Bane, and it got rejected. I didn’t understand what “minimum quality criteria” means, but yeah, I don’t know. Suggestions?

AHardDaysKnite AHardDaysKnite Human from United States
AHardDaysKnite AHardDaysKnite Human from United States

Hey everyone! I just submitted my first design. Please let me know what you think! Photobucket

flaxitophia flaxitophia Artist from Philippines, Philippines

@moutchy thank you for your response really appreciate it..

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