First Look at Bane: The Dark Knight Rises

By Garth Franklin of

The viral campaign for Chris Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” has begun with the official site having opened and only revealed a blank screen with some strange chanting. A visual analysis of the file revealed the Twitter hashtag #TheFireRises which lead to a pixel by pixel assemblage of an image.

Of course viral campaigns are fun games for those who have the time, for the rest of us they’re annoying roadblocks to the good stuff. Thankfully there’s others around to do the work so you don’t have to – the result is the below photo which is the first official image of Tom Hardy as Bane in the third and final film of Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

The release comes considerably earlier than expected, leading to speculation that their might be some location shooting with the character soon – making this a better unveiling than some distant blurry paparazzi shots.

The design itself, from what we can see at this angle, is what you’d expect. They’ve thankfully ditched the Mexican wrestler outfit of the comic in favor of a hi-tech gimp mask on a big, muscular man. Think a more sinister version of the bouncer down at your local leather bar.

“Dark Knight Rises” Villains Revealed

By Garth Franklin of Dark Horizons

A press release from Warner Bros. Pictures has just confirmed the two key members of Batman’s Rogues Gallery that will appear in the much-anticipated upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises” – Catwoman and Bane. Check it out below:

“Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”

In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.”

Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven. “The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.”