New Dark Knight Rises image shows battle-worn Bane

Warner Bros has released a new image from The Dark Knight Rises which gives some idea of the kind of rough and tumble lifestyle Tom Hardy’s Bane has been living over the years.

The image shows Hardy facing away from the camera, minus his face mask, and with a grotesque scar running from his neck to his upper back. There’s also some heavy scarring on his shaven head as well, for anyone doubting Bane’s badass credentials.

Presumably, the neck scar is linked to the painkilling apparatus worn by the man-mountain, hinting at some form of spinal injury suffered in the past.

In any case, it only serves to enhance Nolan’s claims that Bane will provide the kind of physical threat that Batman has yet to encounter thoughout the first two films of the trilogy.

The Dark Knight Rises
opens in the UK on 20 July 2012. Although we’d imagine that date is somewhat burned into your brains by now…