When Tom Hardy was first attached to
The Dark Knight Rises
, no one knew what role he'd take. Many presumed that a character actor like Hardy wouldn't be playing a larger-than-life villain, so his casting as Bane is a welcome surprise.
Hardy grabbed headlines after
, but he'd been proving himself as an intense screen presence for some time (
). Much like Heath Ledger, Hardy's a slightly leftfield choice, but he'll be perfect match for Christian Bale in terms of age, physique and screen intensity. Bring it on.
If Joel Schumacher Was Directing:
Expect Hardy to 'do a Clooney' and become inexplicably awful...