‘Dark Knight Rises’: First photo of Tom Hardy as Bane revealed on Twitter

May 20, 2011 | 10:40 a.m.
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Tom Hardy as Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises" (Warner Bros.)

In a stroke of viral marketing brilliance, Christopher Nolan gave his intrepid fans on Twitter a sneak preview of “The Dark Knight Rises“: the first photo of Tom Hardy as Bane in the next Batman film.

As fans discovered, tweeting “#thefirerises” helps fill in the hidden Tom Hardy image on “The Dark Knight Rises” website, which launched Friday. Holy Twitter, Batman! What a way for Nolan to mark the first week of filming.

Bane, the chemically created brute who first appeared in the comics in 1993, is a “younger” villain for Nolan’s Batman mega-franchise, which has most prominently featured the Joker (who first appeared in 1940) , Two-Face (1942), Ra’s Al-Ghul (1971) and the Scarecrow (1941). But don’t let Bane’s relative newness fool you; the muscular juggernaut once broke Batman’s back in the comics.

— Noelene Clark



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11 Responses to ‘Dark Knight Rises’: First photo of Tom Hardy as Bane revealed on Twitter

  1. Alex says:

    Already infinitely cooler than the previous movie incarnation, though it would have been a pretty big challenge to make him look worse than before.

  2. Daniel says:

    I can't wait for July 20th, 2012!! Tom Hardy is going to do a great job in this!!

  3. Josh & Diane says:

    so legit.

  4. Proust DiVetre says:

    Viral marketing brilliance?

    C'mon. Be real. It's a backlit shot of some muscles and a gimp mask.

    Chris, you're going to have to do better than that to convince us Bane is not going to be laughable…

  5. kjtankit says:

    @ proust di vetre… hey maybe i can broke your back maybe you laugh about it…

  6. crea says:

    such a badass!!!!!…perfect.man.for.the.job!

  7. MaddCoqui says:

    Bane? Really? Geesh.

    • alejandr0c123 says:

      for the record ud b surprised in the actual comic bane unlike the older batman film with bane which made bane out 2 b unintelligent n a lacky hes actually quite intelligent u have 2 read the comics story 2 understand that bane was never one to play with and hes broken batmans back before so this is actually a move up if u ask me

  8. AlBell says:


  9. jonathan says:

    Bane is even bigger then he was in the 90s films.

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