The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, released the first of what will likely be many encrypted teasers for the movie. A creepy .wav file concealing a hidden Twitter hashtag (#TheFireRises) appeared on the official site; tweeting the hashtag earned a link to the image above, revealing the first image of Tom Hardy as Bane, the nigh-unstoppable juggernaut pitted against Christian Bale’s Batman in the trilogy’s final film.
Other TDKR news today includes announcements that Matthew Modine, Joey King and Tom Conti will also have roles in the film, though as of yet it is unknown which characters they will portray. Speculation that King will be a female Robin is already in circulation (a switch-up presented in the graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns), but whether or not this will be confirmed anytime soon is anyone’s guess.
I think Hardy is well cast here. What say you, Geeks?