Inception actor Tom Hardy has been hitting the gym hard, from the looks of this newly released image of the actor as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
Warner Bros' new viral campaign required fans to go to the official website for the movie, where a cryptic audio file was deciphered that chanted, "The fire rises." Going to the Twitter account, @thefirefises, leads you to a link to another site, which contains an encrypted photo which required fans to tweet with the hashtag, #thefirerises. At this point, the photo is revealed! Whew!
What we see is Hardy as Bane, who is known as Poison Ivy's henchman in the comics. He was one of Batman's greatest rivals who was obsessed with breaking Batman's body and soul.
The Dark Knight Rises is slated for release on July 20th, 2012 -- and we can't wait to see more sneak photos!
Directed by Christopher Nolan, the new Batman also stars Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.