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The Dark Knight Rises Reveals Tom Hardy As Bane

Posted May 20, 2011 - By Joseph Baxter

The Dark Knight Rises Reveals Tom Hardy As Bane?

It appears that amidst a lot of confusion, the viral campaign for The Dark Knight Rises has officially begun with a huge reveal: Tom Hardy as the villain, Bane.

The process seemed to start with an apparent stunt with the launch of a seemingly fake official site for the film in thedarkknightrises.com, which only contained a vague audio file of chanting. However, more thorough fanboys of the Internet have done some sleuthing, putting the audio file through a spectrum view in an audio editor, revealing a hashtag #TheFireRises. (Which at the moment is blowing up like crazy.) That path would lead to a URL on the "fake" TDKR site which contains a mosaic picture of Bane, made up of the avatars of those who tweeted it. The actual image itself has since been found.

So...Wow. A big question remains; are we seeing what we think we're seeing?

Check out the full image below!

The Dark Knight Rises Reveals Tom Hardy As Bane?

We knew that Tom Hardy would be getting buff for the role to a size even bigger than he was in Bronson, but this is a whole new level.

What do you guys think? Is this really the man who would break the Bat?

Tags: Comics, Movies

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  • kiddestarr

    I think this could work. Some are saying that the Venom Bane uses isn't realistic which while to a degree is true can be spun in a realistic fashion. "Venom" could just be a new HGH or steriods.

    Posted: May 20, 2011 1:42 PM
  • joshuagerlach@live.com

    I'm not sure if they'll present a Venom-injected Bane; that would be way out of Nolan's Dark Knight realism conviction. A Venom that makes you grow in muscle size four times that of your natural mass? Yeah I'm pretty sure Nolan would veto that.

    Posted: May 20, 2011 11:36 AM
  • elCid87

    Don't compare Batman movies without comparing the eras they were produced in. Yes, nipples nearly killed a franchise, and yes Keaton was a much better Bruce Wayne that a Batman. However in those time periods it fit the genre of the kids coming out of the 80s and embracing the 90s. It kept up with the fantasy world of the comic books, maintaining a certain aspect of make-believe. Today's Batman is very dark, very real. From the simple substitution of the Batmobile as a ATV/tank-like vehicle that you may see running in Afghanistan to the Joker who is not only humanized in origin but dehumanized mentally.

    I am not expecting Bane to transform into an ungodly creature at the flip of the switch, but i would imagine more of a "roid-rage" take to fit our world better and bring that much more connection to us, as they already have.

    We no longer "fantasize" of a world with Batman, but now, we dream of one.

    Posted: May 20, 2011 11:15 AM
  • KrakenAttack


    Posted: May 20, 2011 11:09 AM
  • Poisonxindustry

    Isn't this pre=venom Bane though?

    Posted: May 20, 2011 11:08 AM
  • crazymanrobert

    PS. Personally, I've expected better throughout this entire series. I have yet to be sucked in. I fell asleep during both movies, luckily not at the theater but at home, rented, so not much money was wasted. They need to stop going back to the drawing board and go back with what works which was the 1989 Tim Burton creation of Batman. Not to dark, Not to corny (nipples on batman. . wtf), it was perfect, except when joker was killed off.

    Posted: May 20, 2011 10:35 AM
  • dacalac

    I think it would be perfectly fitting to have him be the one to "break the Bat". An ordinary man who is filled with rage would be a much better fit than just someone in a laughable muscle suit (I'm lookin at you Schumacher!).

    Posted: May 20, 2011 10:33 AM
  • crazymanrobert

    Meh is Meh

    Posted: May 20, 2011 10:31 AM
  • KrakenAttack

    He looks to be imprisoned. I can tell Bane's not going to be a simple character, just look in his eyes. They could of chosen to have him scowl with rage but instead he looks like an animal locked in a cage for a long time.

    Posted: May 20, 2011 10:08 AM
  • kingdomkey33


    Posted: May 20, 2011 10:07 AM
  • Unfamous4_20

    "The man who would break the Bat?"
    In the Knightfall storyline it took the all the escapees from Arkham Asylum AND Bane to bring down Batman.
    Expect a similar story in the 3rd movie.

    Posted: May 20, 2011 10:05 AM
  • Sportsguy90

    That would be just awesome! But Bane is not going to break the bat, he's unbreakable!

    Posted: May 20, 2011 10:03 AM