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

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Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises
Photo: Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. recently sent out a press release announcing the start of production on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, but today’s Bat-related nugget is sure to be more interesting for you as the official site (via SlashFilm) for the film has revealed the first look at Tom Hardy (Inception, Bronson) as the film’s villain, Bane.

Now, if you’re curious to learn how this image was revealed, head over here and read all about it, it’s a bit of a crazy story.

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters on July 20, 2012.