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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.


Salvisan Salvisan Human from Spain

I think that there are quite a few upload tees that have been unfairly rejected should review some that have been made in a dubious manner. In the same way that have erased some t-shirts once it could upload some unfairly not admitted

5cents 5cents Artist from Slovenia

@JustPetrucci Maybe, however it is inspired by Jim Lees Batman and Catwoman kissing. Thanks for your opinion! Much appreciated!

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

Hey guys, here’s a close up and a mock up on a darker tee of my design. If you like it, give it a vote! :)
It’s called A Watchful Guardian.



Candyrock Candyrock Human from United States

@Wotto- JustPetrucci stated that if you have just received a rejection letter you have 24 hours to make minor changes and resubmit is that true?

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

@Candyrock: That’s actually something wotto said first in this forum post: TDKR – The Last 24hrs, questions answered.

I think you will need to contact him or Craig via email to get your rejection details and how to go about resubmitting since the submissions are over.

Candyrock Candyrock Human from United States

@JustPetrucci- Thank you for all your help. I have made myself crazy the last few weeks working on this I was hoping maybe there was a chance to fix the one that was just rejected- but I think I just need to let it go and try again with the Daily or the next theme contest. Best of luck to all who made it there is some really amazing art…

BrunoVergauwen BrunoVergauwen Artist from Belgium

Just found out after waiting 4 days that my second design was rejected also. 4DAYS!!!!
Thanks for WASTING MY TIME!!!! Sorry but i’m pretty pissed off.
4 days after my entry i get your mail, so to late to re-enter now isn’t it!

And what does ths mean; We regret to inform you that your submission did not make it through the second stage of approvals. You may have used a mark or design that was not acceptable by the Warner Bros ?????????


castello castello Artist from Spain

They just told me my design was rejected.
They haven´t given me a clear explanation. I don´t understand.
You think it should be rejected?
I demand a specific and clear explanation.

cyan00 cyan00 Human from Germany

I clearly can understand some upset posts in here. Watching the approved submissions i can count at least 25 works using the logo in many different ways or works with pre-existing material getting some photoshop filters on and add some wild brushes – all of them got submitted. Iam sure it seems to many like they were picked randomly due to a subjective decission like „yeah, i like that design…“ Dont tell us, that getting a filter upon an image and adding some brushes has real artistic aspirations or is unique and new. Are you guys real designers? As a graduated designer, iam disappointed of this treatments. I expected more of a contest like this. It is kinda slap in the face for those who create real unique designs.

Most important thing: Your rules up there are wishy-washy defined. If you dont want that someone alters the logo, then you should define that in a straight way and reject EVERY submisson which does.

Concerning my design: Iam going to produce and sell mine anyway.
At least: Good luck to those who got approved! There are finally many very good artworks in here.

KnightSky KnightSky Artist from Ontario, Canada

Please take a minute to take a look and vote (if you want) for my design… It is all original art

Click on the picture to vote… Thanks in advance

PaulSoFresh PaulSoFresh Human from IL, United States

@castello – I like the illustration, great work. Too bad it was rejected…

vagelisd vagelisd Human from Greece

They just told me my design was rejected.
The Dark Knight Rises“ Second Round Rejection: We regret to inform you that your submission did not make it through the second stage of approvals. You may have used a mark or design that was not acceptable by the Warner Bros. approval committee and we are unable to accept your design at this time?????????

good luck to all the others

AaronCorbin AaronCorbin Artist from California, United States

Hmmm ok Vagelisd… rejected for that beautiful work?! This confirms that I am officially completely confused at WB’s judging system. Awesome concept, I’d buy it.

TDHarding TDHarding Artist from United Kingdom just made a post in the forum, im also one of many whose design has been rejected and a bit confused… oh well here’s my design!

7sixes 7sixes Artist from Minnesota, United States

^^ Too many colors?

vagelisd vagelisd Human from Greece

@AaronCorbin I don´t understand… if WB rejected only for the logo or emblem? is not the problem…
i didn’t know ι will be judged for this… i think the contest is for the creation, is it? I wonder.

DYOKER DYOKER Artist from Spain

Take your time and vote me if you like the participation = D. Thanks!!


sharpartist sharpartist Artist from Virginia, United States

@vagelisd…Wow that is impressive! How the hell did it not get accepted?! I got the same comment on my design and it seems a lot of people got that vague excuse so I’m not going to let it get to me anymore. I would totally buy this!

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

@ BrunoVergauwen: Don’t feel too bad, you got to the second round at least! And when they say “You may have used a mark or design that was not acceptable by the Warner Bros” that sometimes just mean they just didn’t like it. Maybe it was too simple for them, who knows?? You can always email and ask…

@ castello: You may have made the Batman character too much unlike the movie one. Either that or it was your Catwoman that got you. They’re very picky about how she’s portrayed…

@ cyan00: Your design was of Batman being choked with his eyes rolling back? Well no WONDER they rejected it! They don’t want a dying Batman! He’s their hero! And I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to produce and sell images of Batman…

@ vagelisd: Bummer! You should email and ask why! (It might be the misquote…?)

moysche moysche Artist from North Carolina, United States
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