Here’s Tom Hardy as Bane

The Internet just Bat-came today after the first image of Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises was revealed on the movie’s official website, but only after finding a Twitter hashtag through some sort of audio visualizer, I don’t even know. Coming from a guy whose wardrobe is 75% Iron Man T-shirts, that’s a whole lot of nerd-work for not a lot of nerd-payoff. Now had this been Anne Hathaway in a Catwoman suit, I would’ve used string theory to prove Heath Ledger is still alive in an alternate universe where the Olsen twins were aborted. *writes “Mary-Kate^Ashley = Anti-Life Equation” on chalkboard*

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