It is a fair assumption that when The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters on July 20th, many movie goers will compare the movies villain, Bane, to the one from the previous movie, the Joker. Let’s be honest, Heath Ledger‘s Academy award wining performance as the clown prince of crime has set the bar very very high.
Tom Hardy, the actor playing Bane, recently talked with EW and explained how the two villains differ.
“The Joker didn’t care. He just wanted to see the world burn, and he was a master of chaos and destruction, unscrupulous and crazy. Bane is not that guy. There is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition. He is also a physical threat to Batman. There is nothing vague about Bane. No jokes. He’s a very clean, clear villain.”
So, it really is an apples to oranges, psychopath to sociopath sort of argument. Both characters come from completely different sides towards the same end, killing the Batman. (sorry, I really just wanted to say that).
In the same interview, Hardy also gave us some insight into how he found Bane’s voice.
“…wanted to develop a distinctive voice, one that evoked (albeit elliptically) the comic book character’s erudition and ethnic heritage (Bane hails from a fictional Caribbean country). Hardy sought a sound befitting a man steeped in malevolence and old soul wisdom and who could trace his roots to ancient Latin culture. “There were two doors we could walk through,” says Hardy. “We could play a very straightforward villain or we could go through this very quirky door, which is totally justified by the text but may seem very, very stupid.” Not surprisingly, Hardy decided to go for the second option. “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at—or it could be very fresh and exciting,” he says. While some found his dialogue incomprehensible in the IMAX-exclusive sneak peek attached to Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol last December, the actor asks for patience. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”
Wait, he didn’t take anything from Robert Swenson‘s performance of the character in 1997’s Batman & Robin?
Source: Geek Tyrant