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The Dark Knight Rises Bane vs. Batman: A First Look!

Deanna Barnert covers entertainment from all the corners. Stay tuned to SheKnows for Deanna's in depth reports on everything you need to know about television, film and celeb gossip.

The new Bane of Batman's existence

Fresh photos are coming from the streets of Pittsburgh, where Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises started shooting on Friday. SheKnows has the first look at Tom Hardy as Bane, as well as shots of Christian Bale facing off against his new masked nemesis and Marion Cotillard jumping into action.

"We'll be fighting in your streets a great deal," Christian Bale told Pittsburgh locals during a news conference last Thursday. As promised, The Dark Knight Rises posse was throwing punches in the streets this weekend while shooting prison breakout scenes.

Bales seems to enjoy battling Tom Hardy's Bane

A photographer with a long lens snapped the first shots of Tom Hardy's villainous new character, Bane, going up against Christian Bale as Batman. Marion Cotillard was caught in action along with director Christopher Nolan, who's seen in the video below.

The Dark Knight has already been to London; after Pennsylvania, the crew will move on to the streets of Los Angeles, New York, India, and Scotland. Will that all be Gotham? Or will Bane be taking Batman on a world tour?

The Dark Knight Rises, which also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is set to be released in July 2012.

Meet Tom Hardy's Bane

Thus far, details on Bane have been hush-hush, with Hardy told to keep his lips sealed during Comic-Con.

Tom Hardy as Dark Knight Rising's Bane

Bane's military look, snapped by photographer Jared Wickerham of Getty Images, is a bit reminiscent of the post-apocalyptic Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome. While he looks tough, Batman fans are muttering that Hardy's Bane is just too small. What do you think?

Dark Knight Rising: Tom Hardy's Bane vs Christian Bale's Batman

Cotillard: all business jumping out the Tumbler

Marion Cotillard hops a batmobile

Dark Knight Rises Video Peak

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