First Look: Tom Hardy as Batman Villain Bane

By: Wes Ferguson / May 20, 2011

Holy promotion, Batman! After just one day of shooting The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. has already unleashed a viral web campaign showing Tom Hardy as baddie Bane. 

It all started (where else?) on Twitter with @TheFireRises — which sent out a link to the new movie’s website, TheDarkKnightRises.com. Once there, a mysterious black screen loads on the page, launching a short audio clip. Subscribers are then asked to upload an image to the site, which began to actually form the image of the actor in character. The menacing photo tease shows him from behind  — looking huge, bald and scary!

Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wane/Batman,  while newcomers Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard round out the cast for what will be director Christopher Nolan’s last time behind the lens of the franchise. It appears they’re going all out, but details about the film are hush-hush. 

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