'The Dark Knight Rises' villain: The unintelligible Mr. Bane
Regarding the villainous Bane's oftentimes unintelligible dialogue in The Dark Knight Rises prologue and trailer, director/co-screenwriter Christopher Nolan has recently explained: “I think when people see the film, things will come into focus. Bane is very complex and very interesting and when people see the finished film, people will be very entertained by him.”
Playing the complex, interesting, entertaining, and hard-to-understand Mr. Bane is London-born Tom Hardy, last year's winner of the British Academy of Film and Television's Orange Rising Star Award.
Upcoming Tom Hardy movies
Besides The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy will next be seen in the following films:
- McG's This Is War, opposite Reese Witherspoon (Water for Elephants), Chris Pine (Star Trek), and Til Schweiger (Maybe… Maybe Not).
- John Hillcoat's The Wettest Country, with Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, The Help), Shia LaBeouf (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), and Hardy's fellow The Dark Knight Rises actor Gary Oldman.
Further down Hardy's cinematic road are – for the time being, at least – Mad Max: Fury Road and Cicero.
Tom Hardy could eventually find himself as one of the top 2013 Best Supporting Actor Oscar contenders for either The Wettest Country or, following on Heath Ledger's footsteps, The Dark Knight Rises.
Now, is it too early for this type of prediction? Should one have to wait until after the Best of 2011's Golden Globe winners are announced?
Really. Why bother?
'Pretty spectacular' Bane
While recently discussing Tom Hardy's performance as Bane, The Dark Knight Rises co-screenwriter Jonathan Nolan (who is a rumored possibility for doing some brushing up on the currently stalled Akira) got the awards-season buzz ball rolling by remarking, “I think what Tom Hardy is doing with the role is spectacular. I've had the benefit of seeing a little bit more than the audience has seen at this point, and it's pretty spectacular.”
So, another Heath Ledger?
Or just a bit of savvy marketing?
If in the U.S. or Canada, you can decide for yourself after July 20, '12 – The Dark Knight Rises' North American release date.
Batsuit, Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne
As a bonus of sorts, above is an image of last year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Christian Bale – Mark Wahlberg's half-brother in David O. Russell's The Fighter – standing in front of an ominous-looking batsuit.
“I can tell you the truth because I'm done with it. I felt immense pressure,” Bale told EW about starring for the third – and last – time as Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman. “And I think it's a good pressure, because you owe it to the films – and the people's expectations – to make great work.”
Once again, we'll find out if “the people's expectations” will be fulfilled beginning next July 20.
'The Dark Knight Rises' cast
In addition to Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, and Gary Oldman (a likely Best Actor Oscar contender for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), The Dark Knight Rises cast features the following “prestige” actors:
Best Actress Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose, 2007) as Miranda Tate.
Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby, 2004) as Lucius Fox.
Best Actor Oscar nominee Tom Conti (Reuben Reuben, 1983).
Juno Temple. Josh Pence. Daniel Sunjata. Nestor Carbonell. Joey King. Brett Cullen. Chris Ellis. Josh Stewart. Christopher Judge. Aidan Gillen. Adam Rodriguez. Rob Brown.
The Dark Knight Rises predecessors were Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008), both directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Bale as Batman.
The first movie also featured Liam Neeson and Tom Cruise's wife, Katie Holmes. The second co-starred eventual Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Heath Ledger as The Joker, in addition to Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Jonathan Nolan's quote via MTV.uk.
Images Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in front of Batman suit, and Tom Hardy as The Dark Knight Rises villain Bane: Ron Phillips / Warner Bros, via EW.