Filming continues on Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated Batman sequel The Dark Knight Rises in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where a savvy photographer snapped these images of actor Tom Hardy as super-villain Bane.
Warner Brothers released an official studio shot of Hardy’s Bane back in May, which was a little earlier than expected due to some brighter-than-expected fans figuring out what was supposed to be a long, drawn-out viral marketing campaign to reveal the photo. Here is the resulting image:
Nolan’s Bane is a bit more subdued than his big screen predecessor from 1997’s much-maligned Batman & Robin played by actor Jeep Swenson:
Hardy’s Bane is less “pro wrestler meets Tolkein orc” and more “Hannibal Lecter meets G.I. Joe:”
Wait – is that a grocery list?!? SERIOUS villain buzz kill!
In case you were wondering what the Bane of Batman’s existence is standing on, here’s a nice photo of the camouflage “tumbler” vehicle:
And here’s a looooooooooong last look at Tom Hardy as Bane:
Photos: Jason Winslow / Splash News (For most of them you can click to see larger images)