Here's a new yet familiar image of Tom Hardy as the badass looking Bane in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Now that The Avengers has been released and most of us have seen it already two or three times, we can now focus our attention on the next big comic book movie of the year! 

This image gives you a up close and personal detailed look at Bane's crazy looking face mask. I have no doubt that Hardy is going to give one hell of an incredible performance, and I'm looking forward to seeing the terrifying intensity that he puts into this villainous character. 

The photo comes from Total Film who also interviewed Hardy, and here's a couple of things he had to say,

On the Mask:

It’s not as bad as you might think. You just put it on. Work out where you drool goes. That’s it. Mask work is good fun. This one wasn’t painful; there was the stunt mask and there was the up-close on for the sexy glam shots.

On Bulking up for the role:

Eating entire villages of chickens. When I started I was about 160-something pounds. When I was done I was 190. You lift weights. You eat. You lift some more weights. You don’t run anywhere because if you do cardio, you drop weight. So it’s really good for heart attacks!

The big question is will this movie end up being bigger than The Avengers? Is your excitement level for the new Batman movie bigger than The Avengers?

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