When we got word that the Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Bane (Tom Hardy) would be the two prime villains in Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming Dark Knight Rises we thought two things. 1. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? Where can I dispose of the underoos I just soiled from that news induced nerdgasm? 2. Bane? What the deuce? That’s an odd choice.
Bane certainly is a bizarre pick from Batman’s rogues gallery of villains. Especially as the big-bad to end the franchise with (it’s been said by Nolan that TDKR will be his last batman film). On the other hand, Bane is far more interesting than people give him credit for. Typically, folks think of him as this mindless, masked, steroid-infused, goon. That’s really not the case (though, he has been portrayed that way a few times). He’s actually one of Batman’s smartest, deranged and ominous adversaries; filled with anger, misery and despair. He’s one of the only villains to figure out, on his own merit, that Bruce Wayne is Batman. And, of course he shattered Batman’s spine. How many villains can say that? For more on this you should read io9.coms complete guide to Bane. It’s a full breakdown on who the character is and what makes him such a bad-ass.
Regardless, it’s still a bit of a worry of how Nolan with portray Bane. Especially given the public’s last introduction to the character in Joel Shumacher’s ‘Batman and Robin’. Well, it’s time to simmer down.
Tom Hardy appeared on Britain’s, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, where he talked about his role as Bane. What exactly did Hardy have to say about playing the part of Bane, in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Rises? Well… not a fucking lot. However, the interview is quite hilarious and Hardy lead on that Nolan, as always will have his own badass interpretation of the Batman characters, Bane included.
For those that do not have video play capabilities here’s the interview transcribed:
Alan Carr: Inception was directed by Chris Nolan and hes got you a part in that new Batman film?
Tom Hardy: Yeah
Carr: Wow, that’s so cool. I wish I was you Tom..
Hardy: So do I! [laughs] Yeah its a good day to be me.
Carr: Your playing a villain called Bane. Now alot of the villains in Batman are quite camp aren’t they? But he is proper menacing isn’t he?
Hardy: Have you seen the Joel Shumacher Batman film Batman and Robin? He doesn’t look very menacing does he?
Carr: Oh yeah, maybe that’s not a good example, you wont have to wear a gimp mask will you?
Hardy: Well, only if I feel like it. No. Again Chris Nolan will revisit that territory entirely. I wouldn’t go by that at all. Plus, that’s a lot of weight to put on and I’ve gotta start shooting in May so I’m gonna go pack up to about 13 – 14 stone [198 lbs]. I’m 12 [168 lbs] and a bit now so I’ve got 3 months to do that.
Brief commentary indeed. Any thoughts/views?
Starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises is slated for release on July 20, 2012