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We live in a world in which you can buy a $300 collection of all the Harry Potter films, and the Indiana Jones movies can only be purchased in a set of four. Of course there was going to be a box set that would take advantage of the "collect 'em all!" instinct of Batman fans, especially given how wildly successful Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy was.
So while we treated it as a rumor when word of a three-film box set broke a few days ago, we felt pretty confident that the real deal would not be far behind. Now The Hollywood Reporter confirms that, yes, the "Ultimate Collector's Edition" of the trilogy will be available on Blu-ray on September 24, with all three of Nolan's Batman films-- Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises-- included in the set. As you might guess, a bunch of extras are included with the set as well. There will be two brand-new featurettes, one of them about the impact of the trilogy and one of them, unbelievably, with Christopher Nolan and Superman director in conversation. Though you probably don't have to go far to find people who were influenced by The Dark Knight, the first featurette includes interviews with the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Michael Mann, Damon Lindelof, and unsurprisingly, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder.
As it turns out the image that we dug up the other day was in fact legit, and the set includes three Hot Wheels models of Batman's three main vehicles (The Batmobile, Batpod and Batwing), Mondo art cards of the main villains from all of the films, and a 48-page book full of art from the three films. Of course, if can't wait for the September 24 release, you can already buy all three films together on Blu-ray for an incredibly reasonable $34. We're betting this new set will go for a lot more than that...but then again, it comes with some pretty neat toys.
If you're feeling nostalgic for Nolan's Gotham City-- can you believe it's only been a year sine The Dark Knight Rises-- you're joined by our Sean O'Connell, who is totally convinced that Nolan's vision of Batman will find its way into Justice League, even though Christian Bale has promised he won't play the role again. You're welcome to head over there and join the conversation-- after all, you still have several months to wait for this box set to take up all the rest of your free time.