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!
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?