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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

Submissions have ended.

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.


AxeEmAll AxeEmAll Human from Philippines

I cannot join since I live outside the US. By Human, however, could use this caption for other shirts on the Dark Knight they want to design for non-contest purposes:

Human beings die.
Their legends are eternal.

the9mm the9mm Artist from

Just spent the last few hours on what should have been a pretty basic design turning out to be pretttttyyyy detailed. Hope I get accepted. :) Cheers!

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

Hi Guys,
Here are some of the common mistakes being made with submissions. We are literally getting 100’s of designs so we simply cannot guide each individual designer through their design.
No placement shown – designer did not include an image of their design placed on a T-shirt.
Logo, Logo, Logo – WB do not need another logo tee, we are looking for something bold, different and not just a logo as the focal point.
Cut n’ Paste – Taking other peoples images of batman is not your work, it is the work of a photographer.
Filters – Using Photoshop filters over photos is still the property of the photographer.
Text – Unless it adds something to the design it is not necessary.

What is being put forward to WB:
Detailed illustrations of the named characters.
Great art that is placed in a unique way on the T-shirt
Creative use of the logo without it being the only focal point on the tee.

I hope this is helpful. This contest is gaining attention everyday and the submissions are flowing in. The standard is high and this will be a great voting pool of designs. Good luck everyone, don’t be discouraged, do submit the best design you ever made.

Yetti22 Yetti22 Human from United States

Got shot down for Quality…. maybe they could put specific things into the rejection emails when they just say “Your submission has been rejected for The Dark Knight Rises Official T-Shirt Design Contest due to the quality of your artwork”...

7sixes 7sixes Artist from Minnesota, United States

@JAGADEY Google images. TDKR trailer.

JAGADEY JAGADEY Artist from CA, United States

“Interpretations of The Dark Knight Rises versions of Batman, Catwoman, Bane and other Batman elements are allowed.”
Well, what do they look like?

SLHdesign SLHdesign Artist from United States

Does the shirt have to have “The Dark Knight Rises” I’ve done one that says “RISE” is that sufficient or does “The Dark Knight Rises” need to be on there?

DYOKER DYOKER Artist from Spain

I didn’t understand the submit process, i did submit Thumbnail, Artwork and the Placement…but where can we submit the real pic-design with hight quality?

callumHart callumHart Human from United Kingdom

Well.. mine was rejected so back to the drawing board

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

Paypal – if you win we’ll find a way to pay you.

It needs to be able to be screen printed onto a T-shirt so yes digital art is always going to work better for that process.

bblagen32 bblagen32 Human from United States

I’m just beginning an amazing oil painting would that work for the contest or does it have to be digital based?

Damonsmithart Damonsmithart Human from United States

any one know if it needs to be digital

MrFourFingers MrFourFingers Artist from London, United Kingdom

@GeertSamuel 2 design. you can submit two. You also sound very dramatic which is amusing

Rainbow87 Rainbow87 Artist from Chile

if I haven’t paypal I can not participate?

nnagewad nnagewad Artist from Canada

Can a drawing connect with / exist within the Bat emblem, or would that lead to automatic disqualification?

Damonsmithart Damonsmithart Human from United States

can the image be a painting or traditional artwork or does it have to be digital based?

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

All rejection emails feature a reason for rejection.
We are looking for the very best of art for this contest and if your design did not feature an interpretation of a character, show a creative concept or push the boundaries of T-shirt design it will be rejected. DBH and Warner Bros are looking for artwork that is of the caliber of winning designs on the site or better. Take a look at current Batman merchandise and many of the tees printed here at DBH to help you with your design.

7sixes 7sixes Artist from Minnesota, United States


If the logo is to be used, artist must use the official Bat emblem from The Dark Knight Rises as provided in this link.


Nothing is said about front/back so both should be fair game.


Photoshop and 3d graphics are definitely ok!

karthikscientist karthikscientist Human from India

I just hav a doubt… can v use the dark knight rises bat logo?? i.e the bat with buildings?? the latest one?? or should v hav to use only the standard logo ??? plz do reply…waiting for one…

callumHart callumHart Human from United Kingdom

Just want to know how we do the back of the shirt? For both the artwork and placement images, or is it just a front design?

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