Batman’s new villain revealed

By Richard Brooks

With filming just beginning on The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Brothers Studio’s have released the first image of the character Bane who is to be played by Tom Hardy; star of Bronson and Inception.

As with the previous Batman film, The Dark Knight, the marketing campaign kicks off with an obscure shot of one of their main characters (last time it was a fuzzy yet disturbing image of Heath ledger’s Joker)

Looking less the garish, neon nightmare from 1997’s Batman & Robin, and more Christopher Nolan’s gritty, real-world aesthetics which is crossed with elements from the original comic book character. Bane originally appeard in the epic Knightfall comic series in 1993 where he was an enforcer who wanted to dominate Gotham by pushing Batman to his limits.

The Dark Knight Rises is due for release on July 20 2012. Directed by Christopher Nolan and script from brother Jonathon Nolan. Staring Christian Bale, Michael Cane, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joeseph Gordon Levitt, Ann Hathaway and Matthew Modine.


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