'Dark Knight Rises' Already Showing Us Tom Hardy as Bane

May 20, 2011

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Just yesterday shooting began on Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, and already a mysterious viral campaign has been revealed--and immediately sorted out--at TheDarkKnightRises.com, giving us a first peek at a sulky Bane.

As determined by internet people, if you run the chanting on TheDarkKnightRises.com through an audio visualizer, the hashtag #TheFireRises appears, referring back to a Twitter account (Batman's rogues gallery is big time into Tweeting with their friends). The gradual addition of followers on that account was meant to slowly reveal the above image of Bane here, but of course someone quickly figured out a way to circumvent that, and there you go: Tom Hardy as Bane. Looks like the villain has traded in his standard luchador mask for something a little less garish, a little more suited for Nolan's gritty Batminverse--sort of a Borg-meets-Psycho Mantis-meets-cargo pants thing. Thoughts?

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