Your First Look at Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

Wow, would you look at that, kids? It’s Tom Hardy in full Bane get-up for Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”! Well, a pretty good chunk of him in the “costume”, anyway.

All the credit goes to the intrepid boys and girls over at SuperheroHype, who uncovered the official “The Dark Knight Rises” site, before some more detective work led them to a Twitter page where fans are encouraged to follow them, with each follower leading to an additional pixel revealed from the image below.

We are told this is Tom Hardy as Bane, and it certainly looks Bane-ish.

“The Dark Knight Rises”, starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata and Nestor Carbonell, rises July 20, 2012.

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