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May 20, 2011

TDKR’s Bane Revealed!

Posted by on May 20, 2011

When the official website for The Dark Knight Rises launched this morning, expectant fans hoping for news of the film’s now ongoing production were greeted, instead, by cryptic chanting.  Through some pretty impressive technical wizardry, one such fan analyzed said chanting and found (wait for it) a Twitter hashtag, “#TheFireRises”.  As that hashtag has been tweeted out, an image has been slowly revealed on the main site.  That image is our first look at Tom Hardy’s character, Bane.

Many, including myself, have/had concerns about how Bane will fit into the more “realistic” version of Gotham City that Nolan and company have built over the previous two films.  If you aren’t familiar with the character, he’s a criminal genius (aren’t they all?) who augments his already considerable physical strength via the drug “Venom”.  Said drug is self administered, through hydraulic tubing that has become a staple of the character’s costume, directly into his brain.

What do you think?  Does this allay or exacerbate any fears you had for seeing the character on film?  What’s up with that mask?  When are we going to see Catwoman?  Tune in tomorrow (or whenever) – same nerd time, same nerd channel.