With the announcement just coming yesterday that filming of The Dark Knight Rises was underway our first official picture from the the film has been released. And it is none other then Tom Hardy as Bane! As mentioned before Hardy REALLY beefed up for the role. He’s wearing the mask and in typical Nolan fashion the image is dark, creepy and eery. It should be noted this image release wasn’t supposed to come together for a while. It was the end result of a viral campaign that some pretty smart nerds hijacked.
Here’s the short of it. If you go to thedarkknightrises.com you’ll find a completely black page, but you’ll hear an audio sound byte of some really creepy chanting being overplayed (The League of Shadows?).
According to MTV Splashpage:
The folks at Superherohype did some audio spelunking to the chanting recording, and discovered that it says “#thefirerises” in spectrum. The hashtag led everyone to Twitter, where @thefirerises is sitting around and for every follower it gets, it tweets out another image. The tiny image is your Twitter profile pic, but they’re being arranged and contrasted in such a way as to show a larger image. Some smart folks went digging through the source code and uncovered the image being built was the first image of Tom Hardy as Bane. YAY nerds!
What are your guys thoughts of Hardy as Bane? In the comics he’s a pretty cerebral villain as well as a physical one. I’m pretty stoked with what I see with Hardy, the dude looks fucking scary!
**Check out larger image after the jump!
The Dark Knight Rises also stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, and Michael Caine. It opens July 20, 2012.