As of yesterday, production is officially underway on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and Warner Brothers have wasted no time in getting a new viral campaign launched for the film. After the phenomenal viral marketing they did for The Dark Knight, it only makes sense that they would try to repeat the success. To kick things off, they set up a mysterious page over at www.thedarkknightrises.com that plays an audio file on loop. The internet quickly went to work and discovered the Twitter hash tag #TheFireRises buried in the sound spectrum. As people began tweeting using that hashtag, an image gradually began to take shape. That image has now been identified as our very first look at Tom Hardy as Bane!
Bane is known for his massive physical strength, which he gained by being a test subject for an experimental drug known as Venom. He wears a mask that pumps the drug directly into his brain through a series of tubes. He is also highly intelligent, making him one of Batman’s most dangerous adversaries.