There you have it. The first official image of Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises has been released. And what a glorious sight it is. The image was found on TheDarkKnightRises.com. When you go to the site, all you hear is a series of chanting set against a black screen. Some people with more than a little time on their hands analyzed the chanting and traced it back to a twitter account to reveal of mosaic of Tom Hardy as Bane (click here to check it out). Eventually, after a little tinkering, a few fans were able to discover the full image.
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s how you kick off a viral marketing campaign. I’ve attached the full-size image of Hardy below along with one from the comics for comparison.
One from the comic:
And just for fun:
In all seriousness, I think we'll be getting a much better adaptation of Bane this time around. I have a feeling (along with everyone else in the world) Tom Hardy is going to knock this one out of the park. If you haven't seen Bronson, go find yourself a copy. It's definitely worth a watch.
And, just in case you were wondering, the folks at Superherohype are saying the chanting translated to "#the fire rises," which is what led them to twitter for more clues. Now, what exactly "the fire rises" means is a mystery to me. Maybe it has something to do with the League of Shadows? Any of you care to venture a guess?