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First Image Of Tom Hardy's Bane Online
Holy sneak peek at Batman villain!

20 May 2011  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Dark Knight Rises

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Holy clever viral marketing campaign, Batman!

Filming is only a week underway on The Dark Knight Rises, but Christopher Nolan has already whetted our appetites by revealing the first look at Tom Hardy as Bane, the muscled maniac who'll be facing off against Christian Bale's Batman.

And, true to sneaky form for Nolan, the pic has been revealed via the kind of fiendishly clever viral campaign that The Joker might devise on his days off.

Today, for example, saw the launch of the official website for The Dark Knight Rises. Clicking on it only revealed some chanting - but they're a clever bunch, Bat-fans, and soon figured out that the chant was saying The Fire Rises.

Now, if you tweet #thefirerises repeatedly on Twitter, your reward is the first shot of Hardy, bald and bulked-up, and sporting a mask that looks reminiscent of the classic Bane look from the comics. The plan was apparently for this to be revealed gradually, but the Lucius Fox-like intellects online have deciphered it very quickly indeed.

It should be noted that Hardy looks huge, but not as cartoonishly bemuscled as Bane is on paper. And, in the mostly realistic world of Nolan's Bat-movies, that's a good thing. We applaud Nolan, and WB, for getting something out there nice and early.

As ever, though, this raises more questions than it answers. What is the fire? Why is it rising? If The Dark Knight is rising, and the fire is also rising, which will win? And how long will it be before we get to see Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, or Marion Cotillard, or Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or the latest incarnation of the Batsuit?

What do you think, readers?

The Dark Knight Rises is out on July 20, 2012. Can't. Wait.


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Your Comments

Wow. That is one cool teaser there. Can't wait for the film. By th way can anyone else see/or tell what the two lights are. I think it could either be a camera since i remember somthing my sister said about people hirrering Bane after seeing him on film or cats eye. It could also just be my imageingation in over drive. More

Posted by Eileen Kennedy at 14:21 on 02 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Anyone else see...
L: Dropje I think you're right. I hadn't noticed at first, but it does look like a cat's eye. ane looks brilliant! Good to know Nolan is steering well clear of the Joel S version. As for the cats eye, now that you mention it I can see it, but I wondered whether it would be a pinhole view from a cell door. Baring in mind it takes a lot to keep Bane locked down. But having zoomed in on that I'd be amazed if that didn't turn out to be a cats eye. More

Posted by BishopQuaker at 08:49 on 23 May 2011 | Report This Post

Brilliant
great pic. exactly the same as the first image of the joker released for the dark knight, enough but not too much, i was an avid follower of the whysoserious viral campaign last time so can't wait for this one to take off, More

Posted by livewire at 08:24 on 23 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: First Image Of Tom Hardy's Bane Online
A great first image to release. When I read on twitter that the phot had been released, I was worried it might be too spoilery but I need'nt have. It's very evocative and Bane looks completely ripped but still realistic. Love it! More

Posted by bobatim at 22:26 on 20 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: YEAH BOYYYYY
dandy..... More

Posted by JIm R at 18:15 on 20 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Anyone else see...
I think you're right. I hadn't noticed at first, but it does look like a cat's eye. More

Posted by Dropje at 17:54 on 20 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: BAM
Holy shit, Hardy looks ripped!! I am really excited about this More

Posted by azzman1984 at 17:08 on 20 May 2011 | Report This Post


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