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Our First Good Look At The Bane Costume For THE DARK KNIGHT RISES! And Is He Standing On The New Tumbler?

Nordling here.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is currently shooting in Pittsburgh, and Just Jared has scored some shots of Tom Hardy in full-on Bane livery.  These shots are fairly spoilery as it looks like Bane's standing on this film's new version of the Tumbler.  It's decked out in camouflage, so it's possible that this may be another Wayne Enterprises prototype.

I'm not the biggest fan of these shots - these aren't official shots and I'm certain Christopher Nolan wouldn't have approved - and oddly enough the Bane costume looks like something a fan dreamt up for Comic-Con rather than an official production outfit.  It's also not known when in the story this takes place.  Obviously these are potential spoilers, so be wary:

Bane doesn't look as dangerous in full-blown daylight, but I trust Nolan to make it work.  I just recently saw BRONSON for the first time, and Tom Hardy's scary as hell in that, so I'm certain he'll bring the menace to Bane.  Nordling, out.

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  • July 30, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

  • July 30, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    but not horrible.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    best user name ever, btw. Grats.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Nordling, you don't know what you're talking about.

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    This isn't a new version of the Tumbler. It's the EXACT model from Begins. There are three of them in this scene, as can be seen on every other film news site in the world, all of which beat you to this. The first time you see the Tumbler in Begins, it looks exactly like this, camo paint and all.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Also remember:

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    The Pittsburgh shooting is all meant to be set in winter, so that's why Bane is wearing a heavy trench coat.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    And holding a picture of Harvey Dent

    by I am not a number

    Saw some other pics of this where he is ripping up the paper in his hand, and you can see it is a pic of Dent. I'm not a fan of his mask.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • July 30, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by Triple_J_72

  • July 30, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    The last one

    by Fing Fang Foom

    looks like he's reading the script. "Line!"

  • July 30, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Bronsonize him, and then we'll be impressed.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Right now we just have Generation Y Vader.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    It's Lord Humongous!

    by kafka07

    Bane's costume looks weird but a pic like this can never be taken in the right context. It's a spy pic. It's odd but intriguing. My guess is that Bane and a bunch of League of Shadow types steal a bunch of tumblers from Wayne Industries and break all the prisoners out of Black Gate.

  • One of the reasons why The Dark Knight was soo brilliant was the way that each character represented a theme. Batman was order, The Joker was chaos and Two-Face was chance. What is Bane supposed to represent because all I see is a skinhead with a muzzle who's only trait is that he gets roided out. I still say that Nolan should have used the Penguin as he could have been a power hungry, Dick Cheney'esque dictator who uses Gotham's criminal crisis to implement martial law, thus, he would represent Facism. Throw in Catwoman as someone who's killing the Penguins associates in order to get to him while Batman is getting the blame. This puts Batman into Direct conflict with Catwoman and The Penguin who thinks that Batman is after him.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Bane looks pretty badass to me.

    by Strangechange

    I love the mouth piece. Any theories on the significance and what it could be for? Looks like it could be stopping him from butting his own tongue when he gets his dose.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST


    by CreepyThinMan

  • I've no strong feeling about these pictures, they are underwhelming but most (all?) on-set spy photos are. It doesn't exactly indicate anything bad about the final movie. The mask looks fine to me -- I'm sure its design will be explained and justified in the film, and Tom Hardy is going to beat the shit out of Christian Bale, guaranteed.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Here come the fanboys claiming they know everything about Bane

    by sunwukong86

    Everytime a comic book movie comes out there's a set of fanboys that claim to know everything about the character even though theyve never read a comic in their life. Seriously, just because you know how to use wikipedia doesnt mean you know everything about Bane.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST


    by Strangechange

    I think in the comics (at least to me) bane represents "change" cause when he enters the picture he's something Batmans never faced before and can't cope. Then in essence brings a whole bunch of new players on the board and forces batman to overcome and react in new ways. I always liked the way the breaking of batman forced gothamites to fend for themselves and co-hero the city with batman. Also Azrael was born out of it! Hope we get to see that!

  • July 30, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    so what?


  • July 30, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST


    by Nice Marmot

    That's what he yells before harpooning Bats and yanking him into an enormous uppercut.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Every time I see Bane *spoiler*

    by mukhtabi

    My mind goes to that one fight, where the words just do more devastation than the picture did. BREAK! indeed...

  • July 30, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    That looks awful!

    by Foofyter

    I feel I could knock him out, forget Batman

  • July 30, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    I could knock him out in that outfit, forget Batman!

    by Foofyter

  • July 30, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    If this was anyone but Nolan I'd be completely unimpressed

    by OutsideChance

    Even with Nolan i have trepidation. Bane is a one-note character that has never worked beyond that one original story.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Correct me if I'm wrong

    by ThehandthatBites

    But I recall footage of Ledger's stunt double (possibly local news footage) on top of the Tumbler too on Lower Wacker in '07. Yet, the finished film's scene (where said Tumbler gets blown up) couldn't have produced a moment where this took place. Just saying that this may not be in the final cut in 12 months time (either that or after the fight scene from the trailer, he owns the batcar and Gotham).

  • With TDK, Nolan took a character alot of people thought they knew, and spun him down a new direction. I'm pretty sure he's got something going on with Bane that the fanboys haven't even considered yet.

  • July 30, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST


    by Darkefire

    Wait, no, actually it doesn't. It looks like a few production photos that mean absolute squat. Is there something about AICN posts that brings out the reactionary trolls in droves or something? The only thing that bugs me about Bane is the mask, it looks like a sideways Goatse and it's distracting as hell.

  • July 30, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    costume sucks


    fuck this movie lol

  • July 30, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Are you sure these photos aren't of a Bane fan at Comic-con?


  • July 30, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    you guys are dumb

    by ryan

    its NOLAN

  • July 30, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Exactly right kamaji

    by one9deuce

    The Joker had basically been played one way for 40 years and then Nolan and Heath Ledger come up with a totally different approach to the character. I'm sure that Nolan's approach to Bane will be similarly unique, and again he has a very talented actor to help bring his vision to the screen.

  • July 30, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    That looks....completely fucking ridiculous!

    by Jaster

    I'm sorry but this just veered WILDLY away from the first impression of the Joker. When we saw that we were like "WOW! Ok, maybe Ledger is right for the role! Hardy as Bane just gets more and more fucking embarrassing. Not only do they have him wearing baggy BLUE fatigues and fucking BODY ARMOR(!!!!????), but also the coat from fucking MCCLOUD! (only people from the 70's will get that reference, which speaks to what a fucking mistake that coat is).

  • July 30, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Shit on a shingle that looks god-awful...

    by Jobacca

    Since they whitewashed Bane,I guess they couldnt use the Mexican Luchadore mask,but this is the best they could come up with? Even the gimp mask Bruce Timm and company gave him in the animated series would have looked better than this Mortal Kombat reject. And only in Hollywood would Tom Hardy be considered "bulked up"...I've seen bouncers that were more intimidating. This is looking more and more like Nolans Spider-Man 3....

  • July 30, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Of course this was on...

    by Neil earlier today. No exclusives anymore Harry?

  • And the green graffiti "Risk it". hmm? Well that probably means nothing but the henchmen seem to have gone unnoticed

  • July 30, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Spider-man 3 made $890,000,000.

    by Orion

    Eight-hundred and ninety-million dollars. Eight-hundred and ninety-million dollars. Eight-hundred and ninety-million dollars. Eight-hundred and ninety-million dollars. Eight-hundred and ninety-million dollars. Eight-hundred and ninety-million dollars. Eight-hundred and ninety-million dollars. Eight-hundred and ninety-million dollars. Eight-hundred and ninety-million dollars. Eight-hundred and ninety-million dollars.

  • July 30, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Eight-hundred and ninety-million dollars.

    by Orion

  • July 30, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Here's some breaking news

    by Orion

    all movie comic book costumes look rediculous in daylight.

  • July 30, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    the teaser trailer makes him look much more bulked up

    by Titus05

    here he looks too skinny to play Bane...and what costume?...he's not wearing a costume, just a mask with regular street clothes (and a vest)

  • July 30, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Eight Hundred and Ninety Million Dollars!!!

    by Jobacca

    And it was a huge piece of shit that killed the franchise and possibly Raimis career. I only hope that the majority of you can remove Nolans cock from your mouths long enough to cheer when Bane has his big song and dance number.

  • July 30, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Hardy looks like he was in Blade 3

    by Orion

  • July 30, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Too many goddamn people

    by proevad

    If Clint Eastwood was shooting this thing, there would be one or two guys standing there. No wonder these fucking movies cost so much money.

  • July 30, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    winter coat in pittsburgh?

    by DementedCaver's been hitting mid 90's and humid as hell. Tom had better be hardy or he is going to pass out in that gear....looks totally uncomfortable. At least he is getting a lot of money to do that I would assume. Call it hazard pay.

  • So why do you feel the need to rush on here and start with the lame "he's not big enough" "this is going to suck" BS?. Come on now your surely not dumb enough to judge a movie given you know very little about it. We don't know ANYTHING about Bane or how he's incorporated into the movie. Jesus people. Get a grip. Or a life. Either or.

  • July 30, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    The mask does look a bit ridiculous in daylight

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    Kind of reminds me of a combination of the facemasks that Scorpion and Reptile were wearing in the first Mortal Kombat film. It definitely doesn't look cool in broad daylight.

  • July 30, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Cocksucker looks like he's into specialty acts.

    by Al Swearengen

    Like that cunt, BlahsimovLives.

  • July 30, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    the jacket is too tight


    he should have bigger shoulders

  • July 30, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    People bitching about breaking scoops

    by Fat and Curious

    Why do you weiners still whine about this? It's 2011, every news outlet for movies, sports, etc. breaks everything within minutes of each other on Twitter. You can go anywhere and read all the same shit, because everyone links to everyone else. A lot of people come to this particular site because they have been forever and they like the writers, sort of like preferring to This would make more sense to you if you followed sports instead of Minecraft fan fiction, but that's asking a lot.

  • July 30, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST


    by rahtard

    Good theory but one problem: Nolan is a conservative and his take on The Dark Knight is actually based on Bush's war on terror. Phone taps, etc, all in the name of justice. The whole penguin/Cheney thing doesn't work when Dick Cheney already exists in his world as Alfred.

  • July 30, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    He's got predator mouth.

    by sweeneydave

    They don't have a cure for that yet.

  • Watched Star Trek Nemesis again recently where he played the Shinzon, the clone of Jean Luc Picard, and how he was sent to a mine to die at roughly 8 or 9 years old. Then of course there's Bronson where he racked up decades in solitary confinement. Anyway, I concur that this doesn't look too threatening in daylight and I'm kinda surprised we have such a clear shot of him whereas we got blurry or far off pictures of Heath as the Joker four years ago.

  • People keep on saying that because Spiderman 3 sucked, it killed the franchise and ruined Rami's career. Hollywood is a business. Spiderman 3 made 890 million. The movies were getting to expensive to make, costing upwards of $300 million. They rebooted the movies b/c they're hoping they can make $500 or $600 million on a movie with a budget of $80 million. Blame Tobey, his contract demands were rediculous. I'm not sure why Raimi hasn't taken on any high profile movies, my guess would be he wants to take a break. If you think any studio would hesitate to hire Raimi after the bank his 3 movies made then your crazy.

  • July 30, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    oh and I almost forgot

    by Orion

    Sony didn't want to wait a year for Spiderman 4, which I think is some bullshit story to get out of the fact that they felt a fresh start was good business.

  • July 30, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    The first one was coo' the second was legendary, and the third one was also coo' imo but it divided a lot of people with the lost boys-esque children. I'm curious as to see if Bane will get a little origin story like Shinzon's in Star Trek Nemesis. Besides starring Tom Hardy as Shinzon it really made me think of Bane, although from what I've read Bane was born in the penitentiary as opposed to be discarded when they felt they didn't need him anymore.

  • July 30, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    *SNIFF* Did somebody drop a deuce? Ah. Nevermind. Just a 3rd movie.

    by cookepuss

  • July 30, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    I'll have to see him in action before I judge

    by disfigurehead

  • July 30, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    He looks like every Mortal Kombat character

    by Mel

    fucking awful

  • July 30, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    It does look a bit less that I expected. Buuuuut...

    by Jaka

    ....I'm well aware that behind the scenes pics usually look absolutely NOTHING like the films they're from. The films go through the effects and post-production process to get all "movie-magicked" up. Still, this looks kind of silly, especially with him reading a piece of paper that looks a lot like a hankie.

  • July 30, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Risk it...

    by Yodasturd

    on the lamp-post. Perhaps this film's 'Why so serious?'

  • July 30, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    What are the script pages for???

    by JohnnyLaBamba

    Mrrff mmmm mrrff mmrrf mrrff!

  • July 30, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    *The Pittsburgh shooting is all meant to be set in winter...*

    by Triple_J_72

    Then why are they shooting in JULY?!

  • July 30, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Actually doing a scene for the reboot of "The Road Warrior"

    by leo54304

  • July 30, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Hey BANE...that's a nice coat!

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    Be careful who sees you wearing it.

  • July 30, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    @fat and curious, well said.

    by kevred

    You've captured perfectly why I keep coming back to this site, and also echoed my preference for over And with a dry dagger of an insult to the whiny types, as well. Hats off to you.

  • July 30, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    If this were any one else....

    by Whorecrux

    Other than Nolan, the fanboys and everyone else on this site would be yelling shit, crap, stupid, bad, terrible. the synonyms go on. See: X-Men First Class, how very wrong the fans were.

  • July 30, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Curious why Nolan would "whitewash" the character

    by kevred

    The character as it's written in the comics (which I'm not familiar with but have read about) sounds pretty interesting. Why make him into a white guy? Nolan isn't exactly known for varying shades of human in his films, but it still seems like an odd cop-out.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    whorecrux, your name just cracked me the hell up

    by Jaka

    And that's a perfect example of what I was saying regarding how different a finished film looks.

  • And that includes the Road Warrior BTS pic that was featured some time ago with him next to his trailer. Hope he works well on screen. That mask looks tough to make work.

  • There was a viral video (and even in the background of the official trailer) where there is chanting, where there is a huge concensus that the chanting is something to the effect of "si si matalo" or "Bane matalo" which has been translated from Spanish as Yes kill him or Bane kill him. One of my Filipino friends said that matalo in their tagalog language means something to the effect of defeat or defeated. I don't think they would have put that in the promotional materials if he didn't have some sort of connection to that culture. Also, Bane's biological father is British.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    RISK IT.

    by Julius Dithers

    So what if he doesn't look like the Bane of the comic books. Just be grateful this movies not based on a script by Berlanti, Guggenheim and I-forget-his-name-but-it-don't-matter.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by Orion

    Apparently Sony was weary of giving Maguire the family time, for fear of setting a precedent. However Sony Chairman, Amy Pascal, stepped in saying that six months without family time would be unfair to any parent.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Looks like something a Comic-Con fan might have dreamt up.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Um. You've SEEN Nolan's movies, right? Can't we call garbage "garbage" without insulting innocent fanboys in San Diego?

  • July 31, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Thanks, jesiah - that sounds promising.

    by kevred

    Hope it lives up to the potential you describe.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Hey Bane! That's a nice coat.

    by Subtitles_Off

    FTW. THE DARK KNIGHT was an accident.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    I guess "blame tobey" were a poor choice of words....

    by Orion

    ....what I meant was that he certainly didn't help matters. I think the cost of making these movies and the fact that pretty soon the box office results would begin to diminish was the main reason for the Spiderman reboot.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    stupid website

    by Orion

    Maguire, who will film the two movies back-to-back over six months has insisted that he get early mornings and evenings off to play with his daughter, Ruby, who is 22 months old. Maguire will earn $50m in salary and profit shares from the two movies.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Not Official Shots...

    by Albert Herbert

    Are you fucking serious? A what point did AICN's balls get removed? Clearly long-gone are the days of cleaners finding full drafts of key scenes (anyone remember obi-wan vs Jango Fett) in rubbish bins.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    damn website

    by Orion

    keeps positing only part of my posts.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Batman, come out to play-aaaay.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Oh, and, also...obviously...CAPTAIN AMERICA sunk like a stone. Who could've predicted that?

  • July 31, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST

    The new Tumbler.

    by Subtitles_Off

    As if somebody gives a fuck.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    weak costume...

    by uberfreak

    I have low expectations. Thatz a good thing if Nolan succeeds in finally making a 4 star batman movie.

  • If the Republicans win the Presidency in 2012 and change the nation for the better. If the ocean dries up, and the fish storm into the cities carrying big, big guns. If THE AVENGERS becomes the top Box Office phenomenon of 2012. If Up decides it wants to be on the bottom and lets Down sit on its face. If wishes were fishes, we'd all be Aquaman.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:27 a.m. CST

    I have a feeling Nolan knows what he's doing

    by CherryValance

    I remember my reaction to the first photo of the Joker being something like "LOL He looks like a panda". So therefore and thusly, Christopher Nolan is way smarter than me, and imma let him finish. You guys should probably do the same. That being said I don't appreciate those gorgeous lips being completely covered by that mask but I guess it can't be helped. They burnt off half of Aaron Eckhart's face and I still liked that movie. *shrug*

  • July 31, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST

    You have a feeling?

    by Subtitles_Off

    Maybe there's an ointment for it. Over-rated just called Jon Favreau and told him to give the trophy back to its rightful owner.

  • Obviously the usage of the words Rise and Rises, but also the involvement of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in both films and also Bane's mask is reminiscent of Cobra Commander's Mask to me. And I've seen a lot of bts pictures where people are wearing their own coats before filming, so maybe this is the case also? I would like to see how big his arms are and if he has any other costumes...but if that is his main attire for the duration of the film I hope the story is damn good.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by R.

    I get it now! I didn't understand what they were going for with the mask until now! It's the Bane mask, but with a mechanical mouth piece and all of the white parts of the mask literally removed. Until just now, I'd thought that it wasn't based at all on the original mask.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST

    he looks like a returning Iraq war vet


    who got his face blown off by a grenade. He used to play Mortal Kombat 3 on Xbox360 with his army buddies, so he constructed the Sub Zero mask to cover the gaping hole where his mouth used to be. While he was in Iraq he discovered that sniffing depleted uranium dust gives you immense super human strength. He feels wronged by society and wants to take it out on Gotham City and it's protector, Batman. He's standing on top of the Batmobile he stole, giving a speech to a group of white supremecist homegrown terrorist right wing kook Glen Beck fans whom he's formed a militia with.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Costume looks BLADE RUNNER -inspired


    Nolan loves BLADE RUNNER. Bane in these pics makes me think of Roy Batty in Deckard's coat. Also: henchmen are so silly. Where do they come from?

  • July 31, 2011, 1:23 a.m. CST

    why not the BANEmobile?

    by robertplant

    anybody? where is the cat? The bat is dead. Was it really joseph gordon levitt in the suit in the trailer?

  • July 31, 2011, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Catchtheman: actually, that's why I dislike TDK

    by mrgray

    Characters shouldn't be representing themes or standing in as metaphors. If they function as such, that's a bonus, but their motivations and emotional resonances come first. Two huge failings of TDK and Nolan as a writer/co-writer.

  • July 31, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Road Warrior, Humongous, and Bane - Spoilerish

    by THX1968

    Bane is a leader of an anarchic cult in Dark Knight Rises, that aims to run the city. They fuck a lot of people up while Batman tries to decide if he's good for Gotham, or part of the problem. If the Mel went up against Humongous in the Road Warrior mano-a-mano is basically Dark Knight Rises. It'll be awesome.

  • July 31, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST

    If you don't like how Bane looks, you're a fuckin idiot

    by Shabado


  • July 31, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Huh? I thought Bane was huge?

    by BenBraddock

    Are they going to digitally alter his size in post production?

  • July 31, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    I don't get what all the bitching's about.

    by odo19

    Isn't this the 5 billionth time this scenario has played out here? AICN posts spy pics of film. Fanboys whine and call it a disaster. Trailer drops. Fanboys look stupid. <P> Honestly has there ever been a case of candid pics of superhero outfits taken in broad daylight that HAVEN'T looked like shit? Ever? The two best comic-to-screen translations of costumes I can think of are Hellboy and Ironman and even then everyone here threw a hissyfit when the spy pics leaked only to have to eat their words later.

  • July 31, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Bane's size

    by Orion

    It looks like from the last shot in the trailer they will do some camera trickery to make him look bigger than Batman. It shouldn't be tough, just look at LOTR and Captain America to see what can be done to altering someone's size.

  • July 31, 2011, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Coat and Mask

    by recantha

    I'm pretty sure that's _not_ his own coat - it matches the undercoat colour too well. I'm wondering if, these days, people are comparing the live-action version to the comic version too much. In the old days, all you really had for comparison was Superman - Reeves vs the Comics. Of course, that was very faithful. You could make a complaint that none of the big-screen Batman costumes matched the old TV series. You could make the same complaint about Ledger's Joker. It's all interpretation. It's all about making the fantastical world of comic books into something that's more 'real world'. Previously, the Joker was more comic-relief than psychopath. Nolan changed the balance. Yes, he stood for chaos, but he was basically an absolute nutcase with no moral centre. And let's remember that, in Nolan's Batman... Batman is the central character, not the villains (and there is general agreement that Burton always made the villains more interesting.) Nolan has done more 'character study' than comic-book. For simply having a strong, consistent interpretation, he deserves our respect, as movie fans. I'll withhold judgement on TDKR. I really wasn't impressed with the teaser. Why tease THAT little for a film everyone will go and see anyway? Should have saved it for the full trailer and kept us in suspense with teaser/character posters. None of that's Nolan's fault, though.

  • July 31, 2011, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Bane gets his henchmen from...

    by kenchun24

    1.)'Blackwater' esque Private Military Contracters (PMC's)... 2.)Vets returning from the Iraq/Afghan war (er..I mean the occupations for profit) who couldn't get a job when they got back home. 3.)Or from unemployed middle class Americans who can't get a job because our corrupt government corporatised the US. So they "Risk It" and take arms for whatever Bane's cause is...wonder if Nolan script is going to possibly tie in the crumbling US economy as a reason for the chaos in Gotham and the rest of the world.

  • July 31, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Cheap & Nasty costume.

    by MajorFrontbum

  • July 31, 2011, 3:08 a.m. CST


    by mike d

    i think i figured out a big story arc in dark knight rises...ok so marion collard plays "miranda tate" an exec at wayne enterprises. i think this is a cover for Talia al Ghul. This would also explain the 3 tumblers and why Bane would be riding on top of one. This goes with theory of Bane working with/part of league of shadows. Bane is the "general" in whatever army they use to take over Gotham. In this case, I see the prison break footage shot in Pittsburgh as evidence. also goes with the rumor of the scene with Gordon going over to the judges house saying city is full of violence. also plays into clips of him in hospital during trailer. also, the viral shit on website of prisoners chanting " the fire rises" . remember what Ra's AL Ghul did in the first movie with the fear gas and turning Gotham into a state of chaos. I see the same thing here, kinda like the no man's land comic storyline where Gotham gets destroyed and divided up. so, in a nutshell, Talia infiltrates Wayne Enterprises, gets all of Wayne's tech shit, Bane comes in breaks out prisoners and remember Batman is a vigilante, so everything goes to shit. city gets destroyed, bane whups batman's ass, gordon gets fucked up. bruce wayne loses hope before eventually realizing gotham needs him. boom. imma genuis

  • July 31, 2011, 3:17 a.m. CST

    so Biggles is going to kick Batman's ass

    by i_got_worms

    Chock's away!

  • July 31, 2011, 3:30 a.m. CST

    fuck yo couch eddy murphy

    by peopleintrees

  • July 31, 2011, 3:38 a.m. CST

    odo19: Amen, brother.

    by Playkins

    Amazing how fast this group turncoats after Nolan has already proven himself with 2 Batman films that 90% of the people on this site say were awesome.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:41 a.m. CST

    OI!!! Can i have some tea, please? Cheers.

    by AsimovLives

  • July 31, 2011, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Still no sight of Catwoman.

    by D

    Still, 2012 will be the greatest year for movies ever! We know this to be true.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Mortal Kombat!

    by CuervoJones

    The Bane costume was better in Batman & Robin. Sad but true.

  • July 31, 2011, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Why do they even need costumes?

    by D

    Cant they just show up wearing jeans and t shirts

  • July 31, 2011, 4:24 a.m. CST


    by christpunchers2007

    Not impressed. Looks really generic, something out of a TV show. Reminds me of that character from Mortal Kombat.

  • July 31, 2011, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Bunch of complaining fucking faggots around here....

    by sam jacksons wig the cunt doesn't have fucking tubes sticking out of him and isn't 26 foot thick.... this aint Batman and fucking Robin!!!! Just what DO you bunch of whining fanboys want bane to look like??? Eh?? What will FINALLY make you all fucking happy for once??? I know! We'll just cut out the version from the comic and stick it over Tom Hardy! VOILA!!! I hope each of you eat your fucking words when this comes out and makes $1 billion without breaking a fucking sweat!!!

  • July 31, 2011, 4:42 a.m. CST

    I'll Keep an Open Mind


    Given Nolan's track record with the first two movies, I will wait and see, and give him the benefit of the doubt. I was never a big fan of "Bane" in his comic book incarnation, but who knows that Nolan will do with him? And while I am a big believer in "to each his own", I have to say I just don't get why so many of the fan-types seem so excited over the 'back break" business. Sure, it helped establish Bane as a physical threat to Batman - which is a rarity - but otherwise? Especially in the context of a MOVIE, where you aren't looking to have Batman replaced by "another Batman" for a while (which was a big driver in the comics)? Reminds me a bit of how some fans are so eager to see the IRON MAN movies incorporate the "DEMON IN A BOTTLE" stuff. Really? Would that be fun? Interesting? Entertaining? As a major theme in a very very very limited movie series about Stark/IRON MAN? Respectfully, not #1 on my IRON MAN wish list... just as "Oooh, ooooh, wanna see Bane break Batman's back" isn't high on my wish list for this movie. Again, to each his own. Just saying. Shadow

  • July 31, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    odo19 - finally someone talking sense on this fucking TB!!!....

    by sam jacksons wig

    ...4 pics and NNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! NOLAN RAPED MY CHILDHOOD!!! The teaser trailer didn't show much but it was as atmospheric as hell; and the 2 second glimpse we DID see of Bane gave me the fucking chills! BATMAN LOOKED WORRIED!!! And so would I if I had a 6 and a half foot psychopath ready to rip off my fucking head!! As far a physicality goes- yes, this is NOT comic bookish and clownish, but brute enough to give Bales Batman a serious fucking headache. The whiny pussy bitch fanboys will STILL be out in droves when this hits despite their cries of negativity!!!

  • for the back break? Isn't the title The Dark Knight Rises?? Wouldn't we assume from that that Batman goes out on a high??? (However, this IS Nolan, master of the swerve!!!) I for one would just like to see a good old fashioned darneybrook between the two of them. Beat the living shit out of each other for 10 minutes- the one breathing at the end wins.

  • July 31, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    That coat = HARD BASTARD!!

    by Porrohman

    If you idiots had been around in england in the 70s you'd realise that! He just needs a sawn off shotgun and a ford cortina! :-p

  • July 31, 2011, 5:01 a.m. CST

    BANE: 'Want some do ya!

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • Morons.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    I trust Nolan completely

    by biscuithead

    He makes films for grown ups.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:26 a.m. CST

    RE: sunwukong86, FANBOYS

    by Mike

    sunwukong86 said: "Everytime a comic book movie comes out there's a set of fanboys that claim to know everything about the character even though theyve never read a comic in their life. Seriously, just because you know how to use wikipedia doesnt mean you know everything about Bane." AMEN!

  • July 31, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    RE: sunwukong86, FANBOYS

    by Mike

    sunwukong86 said: "Everytime a comic book movie comes out there's a set of fanboys that claim to know everything about the character even though theyve never read a comic in their life. Seriously, just because you know how to use wikipedia doesnt mean you know everything about Bane." AMEN! Fanboys who think they know about comics when they've never read one are at their worst when it comes to batman... I remember some guy criticizing Dark Knight because there wasn't enough Bruce Wayne and not enough time was spent on a love interest. If you read the comics, you'd know that Bruce Wayne is the mask Batman wears, not the other way around... Bruce Wayne is nearly driving himself insane by wanting to be batman all the time... he's obsessed and if it were up to him, he wouldn't be Bruce Wayne at all... Also, when I mentioned that Parallax was in the trailer for Green Lantern and was bashed because the wikipedia description of Parallax didn't fit with what was shown in the trailer but if you read the comics, it was pretty obvious that it was Parallax in the trailer... everyone here thinks they're the authority on comic books... it's sad that people go to wikipedia for no other reason than to fake being a comic fan, because their logic is if they pretend to be a comic fan they're allowed to bash comic book movies because the bottom line is a huge, pathetic segment of talkbackers only come here to rip on shit and I have no idea why.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Hey, Asimovlives: Quick question:

    by ChickenStu

    What did you think of Abrams Star Trek movie?

  • July 31, 2011, 5:56 a.m. CST

    2 words come to mind when I see this...

    by Dead_Geek

    ...Joel Schumacher.

  • July 31, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    No Asi, I didn't

    by BenBraddock

    Should I?

  • July 31, 2011, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Looks Fine To Me

    by NeonFrisbee

    He's a big dude with a muzzle, implying mad dog. I don't quite understand what's the problem here. Because he's not wearing blue form-fitting lycra, a 90s styled ersatz luchadore mask, and have a bunch of tubes and wires coming out of his back? C'mon. Just stop it. Nolan delivered the first two times (especially the second time), so I'm sure he'll deliver this time too. I know there's this weird revisionism with TDK (that only exists at AICN, mind you, as more or less everyone else is in agreement that TDK is a classic), but there's no actual evidence to support that this will be any less than good. It might not hit the heights that TDK did, but I think we can all rest assured that it will at least be really f***in' good.

  • Many people here wants to see another Dark Knight. I'd rather see Nolan do something totally different but as cool nonetheless.

  • July 31, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Looks much more "comic book" to me.

    by Cameron1

    More so than The Joker. I guess that's to be expected, this thrid film feels like it's the crescendo to something quite special, having AlGhul, Bane and probably Catwoman along side another Scarecrow cameo inevitably you have to go a bit bigger a bit more heightened reality.

  • July 31, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Two tumblers parked side by side

    by dastickboy

    My guess is that Bane has got into Wayne Industries and has kitted out his mercenary force, proving equal to Bats. Plus all the whinging about Bane is unfounded, as it's when he injects the Venom that he's going to look truly monstrous.

  • July 31, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST

    I don't really know the Bane character...

    by photoboy

    ... aside from what little I picked up in Batman & Robin (probably all of it wrong) and the Batman Arkham Asylum game, but couldn't this just be a shot of the character before he gets all 'roided up and massive? Or maybe they're planning to do a reverse Captain America and make Hardy look more muscular via CGI in post production?

  • July 31, 2011, 6:42 a.m. CST

    No one's talking about

    by Nesskid

    The dude in the trailer standing on a ledge behind Batman when Bane saunters up the steps in the final shot. Who is that dude, or possibly, chick? Is it Catwoman? If it is, why isn't she helping Bats? Just sayin.

  • July 31, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST

    I am not a huge fan of the Bane character...

    by WeylandYutani

    but I find Nolan makes a habit of doing interesting things with offbeat characters. I do wonder about the mask though... I liked how in Batman Begins Nolan gave reasons for the look of Batman's costume... I especially liked his use of the wrist spikes that are used as a type of ninja claw. The tumbler was another great practical innovation rather than the goofy winged cars of the Schumacher era. But what on earth is Bane's mask for? Perhaps people who are more familiar with the character can educate me. I hope it is not there just to "look cool."

  • Ledger looked way too skinny in the part, almost anemic, in the pictures I saw, and I thought he looked terrible for the part.....but somehow it all came together in the final product and he delivered a masterful performance.

  • July 31, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Tom Hardy is epic, but this Bane looks weak.

    by Jeffrey

    This will be Nolan's "Batman and Robin".

  • July 31, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    mrgray didnt like TDK because

    by Sequitur

    Everyone else did. You are only cool if you hate what everyone else likes...

  • July 31, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    BANE !!!

    by Owen eglintine

    Tom hardy has done a lot of great work but i think the costume for bane i got to say looks shit !! hope this is not the final thing as it could ruin a fantastic trilogy !!

  • July 31, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    What were you expecting? Black rubber?

    by davidwebb

    This, I like. Admittedly, Hardy doesn't look as big as he did in Bronson - which I'd hoped. But then I'm certain that this will work on-screen.

  • July 31, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    The Riddler, damnit.

    by Ditko

    Bane bores the fuck outta me. I still can´t understand why Nolan couldn´t work The Riddler into his "down to the ground Bat universe". Fuck Bane and fuck Nolan.

  • July 31, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Hate the coat and the mask reminds me of Reptile from Mortal Kombat

    by alienindisguise

  • July 31, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Gonna be hard to avoid spoilers here....

    by Scorchy

    ....because the local news media is showing all kinds of video so far, including the three camo tumblers that were rolled out yesterday (although it was interesting to see onlookers staring at those three gigantic machines).

  • July 31, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Looks more like some Canadian Mad Max villian

    by tangcameo

    I wanted Riddler too. Could have made him a BTK type serial killer who leaves puzzles. And Penguin could have been a new mob boss with a liking for tuxedos. But nooooooo. They had to go all Spiderman 3 on us.

  • July 31, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    finally proof that....

    by Vin

    Marvel is better at making costumes. I mean cmon, Ryan Reynolds wore a fucking CGI suit! How lazy is that! DC better up their game or studios will stop greenlighting their films.

  • July 31, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I saw Bronson, it sucked

    by Jaster

    And worst of all was Tom Hardy. He completely over-acted every single scene. He worked ok in Inception because he hardly had any lines, and he qappeared to be playing a faggot, which he seems naturally inclined for "dream a little bigger darling". Yes he had SOME muscles in that film. Did the thought BANE jump into my head? Ha ha, NO FUCKING WAY! Bronson is basically a comedy guys. You LAUGH when he starts punching people. So all these calls to see Bronson are total fucking bullshit. It's a total 180 from Bane. All I can say is, despite Nolan's insistance on making it all "grounded", they'd BETTER fucking get Bane on Venom because it's the only edge he could have on Batman who was trained by the League of Shadows.

  • July 31, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't call these pics/videos spoilers

    by kafka07

    In a sense they are but I think it's really overreacting. And the guy claiming "spoilers!" the most is the ever-reliable but always-annoying batman-on-film guy (Jett). I'm sure a lot of what we're seeing will end up in the next trailers anyway. And seeing Bane in costume, so what?? Frankly I prefer to see Bane for the first time standing on a tumbler than an official pic of Bane posing in front of a sterile white background. The same thing happened with Joker pics and everyone reacted as they are now. We don't know any dialogue or how these scenes will piece together. We knew the Joker was going to have a scene at a bank, but not how the scene would play out. And likely the filmmakers don't look at these as spoilers if they're allowing hundreds of spectators and driving three tumblers on public roads, and for local papers to publish the pics!

  • July 31, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    I have pics of camo tumbler

    by dzpen

    can I post pics on here? I got yelled at by big fat Pittsburgh cops, but I was able to get pics of two batmobile tumblers ...

  • July 31, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    I'm tired of the term fag.

    by Smashing

    It is offensive, it comes from something really dark and sick and as a homo I'm against it, also straight fan boys losing their shit over photographs is fucking sad, I mean 2 films, both pretty amazing, Nolan deserves more support on what he has delivered, show some fucking respect!

  • July 31, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Chris Nolans sucks

    by godhelpus

    thats all

  • July 31, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Heh, he looks more like Mortal Kombat's Kano than Bane.

    by Stalkeye

  • July 31, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    No, actually more like Kabal.

    by Stalkeye

    Sans hookswords.

  • July 31, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Batman Begins had plenty of flaws

    by Jaster

    As a HUGE Batman fan, Batman Begins was a sigh of relief because they finally got the character right. But at the same time, the whole last hour was bullshit. From Scarecrow telling his whole evil plan to Rachel, to a water vaporator that only vaporates SOME water, to Batman refusing to save a life, to Batman becoming Kite Man, to the shift from people being afraid of Batman to attacking Batman, lots of shit wrong with that last hour. TDK on the other hand, is practically perfect. Sure there are a couple of niggles in there like Joker fitting in with those guardsmen, etc. But for the most part a flawless film. I just don't like this mantra that "he's given us two perfect Batman films, so we must trust that this will be flawless too.". That's horseshit. Look at what Burton almost did to Superman. Look at what Raimi did to Spider-Man. Look at what Favreau did to Iron Man.

  • July 31, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    You JUST NOW saw "Bronson"? Sheesh

    by jawsfan

    That movie and "Chopper" are proof positive that good actors make for good movies. Tom Hardy would probably make a better Batman than Bale does. My first reaction after watching "Bronson" was "Shit, this guy can probably do ANYTHING!" The problem with the Batman movies so far is that he hasn't yet had to face an adversary who could absolutely kick his ever-lovin' ass all over the place. I'll never buy into a Nolan-version Batman film until he gets his ass kicked and yet somehow (and logically) emerges victorious.

  • July 31, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    I saw Bronson, it sucked

    by nostairway

    Yeah, I'm with you on that one. I was really unimpressed by that film but watched it because everybody was raving about it. Also, did we really need to see "little Tom" flopping around for half the movie? Okay we get it, he's naked. One shot would have made the point. I did think Hardy was good in Inception, so I'll reserve judgement until I see the actual finished product. Which is what we should all do when it comes to movies like this because a lot can change by the time it hits theaters.

  • He got his ass handed to him by Ra's at the top of the mountain, and again at Wayne Manor. Scarecrow fucked him up pretty bad too. The only thing I remember from TDK was the first dog attack, but it's nuts to say Batman never got his ass kicked in the Nolanverse.

  • July 31, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Always with the complaining...

    by huskerdu2

    Listen, Nolan doesn't need to make this movie. After Ledger died and TDK was a monster hit he could have walked away and no one would have minded. That's even truer post-Inception. He's also sensible enough to know that no-matter how good TDKR is certain people will be disappointed or complain. So why make another Bat-flick? Simply, he has a story worth telling and a take on the characters worth exploring. I for one think Bane's a good villain to use as he's so completely different from the Joker and much more of a physical/paramilitary threat. And this take - with the tumblers and breaking out the hoods from the prison - harkens right back to Bane's first and best appearance in Knightfall...with a dash of Dark Knight Returns. Hardy's a great choice for the part and the look of Bane is great. As for the sheepskin's 'cos the movie's set during the winter, morons! Also, don't you all think that maybe Bane just might be the mis-direction in this plot...a way of luring the Batman out of hiding for the real villain to show their hand? Just a thought.

  • July 31, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    looks ok.

    by alice133

    better than shumacher bane and comic book bane. idk what neg commenters want bane to look like. actually i would expect the majority of comic book fanboys to dream up something like shumacher bane.

  • July 31, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    catch the man

    by dagwood

    you are an idiot - so full of yourself prophesying about a movie you know nothing about. Any chance you can make yourself seem like a bigger idiot? C'mon, I bet you can.

  • July 31, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    The mask looks ridiculous. I'm interested to see how Nolan justifies this in the script.

  • singed, Fanboys 5 years ago.

  • July 31, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Thanks AICN for the spoiler IN THE TITLE

    by yam-man

    Is there any reason this article couldn't have been titled "Our First Good Look At The Bane Costume For THE DARK KNIGHT RISES!" instead of adding "And Is He Standing On The New Tumbler?" on the end? Really? I haven't seen the pictures but now I know that happens. Thanks guys,thanks. Guess I'll be steering clear of AICN now until the movie comes out. Think about your readers, guys.


  • July 31, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    league of shadows is with Bane in those pics

    by Nick

  • July 31, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    This site is full of fucking twats

    by NightArrows

    My god. So much bitching over a production photo. You idiots deserve nothing except to stand in front of a speeding bus and give the rest of us a break from your pathetic, entitled yet know-nothing bullshit. I guess all the moaning about the Joker in the last one's production leaks didn't teach anyone anything. mullah omar you are a fucking mongoloid. He doesn't have to "justify" anything. This is what it is and WITHIN THE FUCKING CONTEXT OF A MOVING PICTURE I'm sure it will work. Or maybe it doesn't, but the point is, stop being such a bunch of whiny fucking cunts and wait for the fucking movie to come out before condemning it you fucking wastes of space.

  • July 31, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Has Nolan ever really let us down???

    by Mr Soze

    Have faith you fucking idiots.

  • July 31, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Shouldve gone with penguin....

    by Vin

    Or at least riddler (played by Jhonny Depp) Bane wont work. I mean joker was ok (prefer Jacks Nicholsons) but this looks like major fail. I mean whats with the mask? How is that "grounded"? I mean does he have ashma or something??

  • July 31, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    The Riddler is a weak character

    by Batguy

    To end the trilogy with The Riddler, or even to follow The Joker with The Riddler, would feel like a let-down. Even when the character is well-written, which is typically not the case, there is little threat or emotional impact. At the end of the day, Nigma is just a guy with a really ugly case of narcissism, which is completely not compelling, in my opinion.

  • July 31, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    TWO TUMBLERS in this pic...

    by bma2192

    I see TWO...

  • July 31, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    ...don't get me started on Penguin...

    by Batguy

    Penguin is an even weaker character. He's a supporting villain at best. If you doubt how Bane will work as a character, just go read Knightfall. At least you'll be educated when you start spewing your know-all posts all over these talkbacks.

  • July 31, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    Has Nolan ever really let us down?

    by Subtitles_Off

    Have faith, you fucking idiots!

  • July 31, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    There are two tumblers. If you want pics, email me

    by dzpen took them this morning

  • July 31, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Quotations! Fuck 'em!

    by Subtitles_Off

    Nolan has let us down every time since MEMENTO. If I type the word FACT in capital letters, will you believe me? If he knew anything about Batman, he would've just named his abomination in a sex-fetish mask "Ubu," and no one would've blinked. Then again, if he were really aiming for the fences, and not a pretentious twat, he'd try something with one of the iconic Batman rogues, again, instead of rebooting BATMAN BEGINS. Guarantee, his Catwoman will be akin to Schumacher's Riddler-without-Riddles: A Catwoman without sexy. THAT'S gonna be brilliant. Bleh.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    " editing of a scene does wonders as well "

    by Subtitles_Off

    Hehehehehehe. NOT in a Nolan movie it doesn't.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Bane holding picture of Harvey Dent.

    by moorE12

  • July 31, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Looks cool enough to me

    by IEatHippies

    Imagine that dude moving around, looking to fuck shit up.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Yeah, imagine. And, when you stop laughing,

    by Subtitles_Off

    change your pants. You're a big boy, now, and you can't be running around in wet undies.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    3 Tumblers, not 2.

    by aegri_mentis

    I saw on another site just yesterday pics of 3 distinctly different Tumblers. They each had varying camo paint jobs, combined with black paint in certain areas. One or two of them had black paint near the bottom of the sides. If I remember where I saw it, I'll post the link.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    In Nolan we trust." "Has Nolan ever let us down?

    by Sketchy_Jawa

    I really have to wonder if a majority of the Dark Knight fans love it because they've been told they're supposed to love it. Have you tried to watch this movie more than once? Hell, I almost fell asleep in the theater at one point. And it's so damn serious and pretentious: not one moment to laugh, sit back and breathe. Straight-jacket intensity. Am I being overly critical? Probably. But it's only a reaction to the absurd amount of praise this series has garnered. And it's -hostile- praise: as if -nothing- could challenge it. Yes, Batman has better production value and better performances than any other super hero movie to date. But, given the choice, I'd rather watch Iron Man or Captain America every time.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Found it...

    by aegri_mentis

  • July 31, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Amen, sketcy_jawa.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Well, at least until you typed "Captain America." That was some predictable, corny, straight-forward stuff, right there. Your point about "hostile" praise is dead-on. It's as if they're all defensive about something. Gee, I wonder.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    That poor bastard must be roasting

    by rev_skarekroe

    They've got him in a fur lined bomber jacket in the hottest late July in ages? I hope he's got a Camelback built into that mask.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Mask Theory

    by Autodidact

    I bet it's a muzzle/gas mask and instead of injecting himself with Venom, Bane breathes it in. Or maybe to really tie the trilogy together he breathes in Scarecrow's fear gas (a product of the blue flowers harvested by the League). Bane would probably get off on the fear gas, maybe use it like Venom to surge his adrenaline levels. That would explain the mask's function. The design, unfortunately, still looks like he's being facehugged. Or vying to fight Shao Khan.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by Nick


  • July 31, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Here we go....

    by notcher

    I love it when the talkbackers see one pic and then immediately say Nolan is fucking the movie up and how Bane will suck as if they've already seen the final product. I just love that shit!

  • July 31, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Captain America

    by Sketchy_Jawa

    Eh. I guess I just found it...refreshing? It's been a while since we've had a super hero without "issues." Iron Man -Daddy issues. Thor - Daddy and brother issues. Batman - Daddy and Mommy issues. Spiderman - Daddy, Mommy and Uncle issues. Now all those can be compelling, but still...I dunno.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    3 tumblers? Really? That's so unbelievably

    by Subtitles_Off

    Holy U-Turn, Batman! The Joker just escaped down that alley!

  • July 31, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Mad Max 4

    by drunkenmonkey73

    I'm sure when it hits the screens it will look fantastic.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by Sketchy_Jawa

    As I said: hostile. And all caps too! You totally illustrated my point. Thanks!

  • July 31, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST


    by Subtitles_Off

    Don't worry. He won't get away. I'll just steer this thing arou... KEE-RASH!!!! What happened to all the lights? Another black-out? Nah, stupid Batman just took out seven or eight pylons, trying to turn his grounded-in-reality, stupid tank. Every fucking night? What is it with that asshole and his urban assault vehicles? Compensating, much? I know, right? I wish I lived in Metropolis.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Really hard to fear someone in sheepskin

    by Erik Radvon

    All I see in that photo is a potentially very warm jacket.

  • But, it was just so generic besides that. And, I'm not really sure I agree with you about him being issue-free. It's the same kind of ' ' Golly, I'm a weakling/science-nerd/clumsy guy in school who can't get ladies, I wish I were really stronger ' ' thing at the heart of all Marvel comic book characters. captain America would've been much stronger, if it had developed one obvious issue: The similarity between Steve Rogers becoming a blue-eyed, blonde-haired ubermuscleman and Hitler's real-world, sick Aryan ideal. That might've given the thing some relevance and pop.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Bane is in league of shadows, no?

    by Autodidact

    I would assume Bane is sent to Gotham by Ra'as to finally bring it down. This is not what Bane was in the comics, but I think you could have roughly the same origin for Bane (born into his father's prison sentence, raised in some obscure third-world prison) and have him meet up with the league at some point. I really think this will be a good flick and I have doubts the film will include footage of that costume so clearly lit up. This will probably be processed all to hell in Bat-vision or night vision or something.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    OK, WTF???

    by xoandre

    These photos impress me less than the present my wife left me floating in the ceramic throne this morning... I am certain that Nolan knows what he is doing, but this is just some of the worst cr@p i have seen on any of the Batman Films --- even worse than Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze. Yes, worse. I truly hope these are just The actor playing BANE keeping warm while waiting on the cameras to roll. From the other photo of him bulked up and shirtless, it's possible that coat is just a temporary guise until the yell ACTION...

  • July 31, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    subtitles_off : All true, but...

    by Sketchy_Jawa

    I suppose I liked it because from the very beginning we have a hero -wanting- to be a hero: not because he's forced into it or dropped into it because of cosmic happenstance. We have a honest to God hero, wanting to do what's right. Yeah, maybe that's a little bland, but I think it will fit right in with the Avengers ensemble. But I'd best stop talking about Marvel characters in this Dark Night talkback before I'm ripped a new one. And for the record: I think Dark knight and Batman Begins were good films. I'm just amazed by the unapologetic, insane adoration.

  • Give Nolan and Hardy a break! Hardy is a really good actor.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Actually, autodidact, that stuff is all in the comics.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Bane was recruited by Ra's Al Ghul and spent some time as his lackey and Talia's boy-toy. It was one of the endless, repetitive, event story-lines that were so ever-present in comics in The Nineties.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    A hero who wants to be a hero.

    by Subtitles_Off

    You just described what batman ought to be, sketch, and, put succinctly, that's the biggest thing lacking from Nolan's Batman-in-name-only. And, for the record, I think TDK was entertaining, but it's full of holes and has one of the worst endings in memory. BEGINS is just complete rubbish. You are right, though. i think the sense of fun and adventure is missing from most of these big-screen adaptations.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Their filming in Philadelphia. Now. In the midst of this heat-wave.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Um, that coat is the costume, not just some thing he's wearing to keep warm between takes.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    They are. They're there. That's where they're filming their movie.

    by Subtitles_Off


  • July 31, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    The mask looks like a Cenobite wanna-be and I hate it.

    by Cap'n Jack

  • July 31, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    He looks like the Mutant Leader From Dark Knight Returns

    by Colin62

    Or rather a cross between that guy and Bane. This is clearly a combination of that storyline and Kightfall with a little catwoman thrown in.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I was unsure about the mask.

    by Mechasheeva

    It looked creepy in the official preview shots and trailer. Here, it looks like an Alien mouth attached to his face, which I dig. It gives a threat of implied violence in his very appearance that makes him instantly dangerous in a way none of the other Nolan Bat-villains have been so far.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    For Dark Knight Rises Bane > Riddler

    by Andrew Coleman

    Sorry but the Joker played a lot of mind games in TDK. To have the Riddler show up and essentially do the same thing would have sucked. I get some of you are morons and don't like Bronson because it had male nudity... Just come out of the closet already by the way anyone who uses "faggot" seriously love dick and just can't handle the feelings... Anyway look at Hardy in the trailer for "warrior" dude would destroy any of us. That one second piece in the teaser trailer explains why Bane is important... He's a physical threat.... Batman looked worried and confused on how to face a huge brute of a man.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Pittsburg Is Not Philly

    by NeonFrisbee

    In fact, they're at opposite sides of the state of PA. Just wanted to point that out.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Don't ever fucking doubt Nolan

    by EphramSamuels

    Ever. Bane will be awesome. The movie will be awesome. If you liked the first two, you'll love the last one. It's as simple as that. Stop being dickwads.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Unsure about the whole thing!

    by Todd Gale

    I don't have a good feeling right off the "bat" about this movie. If Nolan pulls this off, great, but I hope this doesn't turn out to be another Godfather 3 mess.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by Nick


  • July 31, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Patience My Padawan Nordling

    by Mad-Maximus

    Nordling, Remember the classic saying "A picture is worth a thousand words". I have complete faith as Nolan's films have gotten better with each one. As for Bane's look, that mask looks scary enough where I'd be more scared if I faced him at night. I've got a theory that I bet part of Bane's face is missing or disfigured. Mad-Maximus Out!

  • July 31, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    by promwolf

    cmon bro, don't be that guy.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    this is why photos like these should NEVER be released!

    by Phil Connors

    presumptuous impressions from fucktard geeks can kill a movie if it's not presented in the right context.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    they've got photos with Batman now

    by CherryValance

    you know where :)

  • July 31, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    watched the trailer again: ra's speech


    it is close to the one he gives in Begins, but different. i think he gives the same speech to Bane. I think he's given it to a few people in his lifetime. I think he was given it at one point. and yup, i think Bane is someone who- like bruce- came up with a persona to combat what he perceives as social injustice or bad authority/society. bruce is going to realize in this one that batman needs a network of his own to be able to combat organized 'villians' or networks like the league of shadows.

  • July 31, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    natalieportmansyummyafterbirth: How eloquent.

    by Sketchy_Jawa

    And classy. Much like your username.

  • July 31, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    natalieportmansyummyafterbirth - wrong.

    by Shabado

    All three tumblers are outfitted differently, with distinct armor configurations. They're all being used by Bane and his henchmen/League of Shadows.

  • July 31, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    and check this pic: bane's mask is a vader-like rebreather

    by it's a little TOO vader-like. hell, it's a little too fantastical in nolan's real world. i'm guessing that Bane does have some injury that requires it, but i also feel he literally breathes the fear toxin all the time to stay amped up and has been 'fighting his fears' so long he's practically fearless. maybe it's some wayne medical tech device he swiped or was given.

  • July 31, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    RE: watched the trailer again: ra's speech

    by Mad-Maximus

    Good point on the speech given to whomever Ra thinks that could help out the objective of the League of Shadows. Plus Bane having to come up with a persona or an idea that Ra suggested to Bruce in Begins.


  • July 31, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST



  • July 31, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    So now we got a huge guy theory and a serial crusher theory.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    Top notch.

  • July 31, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST



    -the Venom experiment nearly kills Bane at first, but he survives and finds the drug vastly increasing his physical strength, although he needs to take it every 12 hours (via a system of tubes pumped directly into his brain) or he would suffer debilitating side-effects. -eventually Bane impresses Ra's al Ghul so much that he chooses Bane as his heir (an "honor" he had previously imparted on Batman) -there is a possibility that Bane's biological father is an American doctor.[7] In researching this issue, Bane comes to the conclusion that he and Batman share Dr. Thomas Wayne as their biological father, with Dr. Wayne having apparently become close to Bane's mother during his time in Santa Prisca. Bane alerts Batman to this possibility and during the time that the DNA tests are being performed, stays at Wayne Manor and fights alongside Batman on the streets of Gotham in the "Tabula Rasa" storyline. Ultimately, it is revealed that Dr. Wayne is not Bane's father, and Bane leaves Gotham peacefully (and with Batman's blessing and financial backing) to pursue leads in the snowy mountains of Kangchenjunga. -Bane saves Batman from being shot by King Snake, but is mortally wounded in the process. Batman then saves Bane by bathing him in a Lazarus Pit, and leaves him with a clean slate and a new opportunity at life -Bane is perfectly sane and in control of his mind and actions—a trait that separates him from many of Batman's enemies. While he generally acts as a villain, Bane has worked alongside Batman at times and developed a great respect for the Dark Knight. He is also one of the few villains of Batman to have learned his true identity. having not read many of those comics- i had no idea that bane and batman actually became friendly allies at several points! i bet nolan's bane will be a 'sympathetic villain' as well. those of you who think bane is some unstoppable evil badass are quite wrong

  • July 31, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Gimme a fucking Catwoman picture already

    by Mattman

  • You all know this, but still do it.

  • Nothing in your last two comments made one iota of sense. Your feeble articulation of two possible (and shockingly idiotic) outcomes for Bane is a testament to your utter uselessness complemented perfectly by your spectacularly poor 'joke' about Uggs (neither incisive nor absurd enough to be anywhere close to funny).

  • July 31, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    'LOVE the doom-paradox of the casting, btw -'

    by Mattman

    Yeah, because your retarded scenarios are the only two options Nolan has, right?

  • July 31, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Baneneeds more vagina.

    by doom master

    Why say balls when balls are so sensitive and fragile? we all know vagina can take a pounding....Bane=vagina.

  • July 31, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    I never cared

    by Cruizer Dave

    for the costumes used for Batman in the first two Nolan movies. Too much armor, not enough scary. Judging on the look of the Batman suit, he looks scared stiff that he might get punched or shot. However, the movies proved to be good. Can't judge these based on the costuming.

  • July 31, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Only ONE person has been called a cunt..

    by odo19

    since I posted last night? You guys are starting to let me down. Time was when you could expect at least 8. Especially in a Batman thread.

  • July 31, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Shabado... I am RIGHT.

    by Nick

    The armor config all has to do with how the vehicle is shot I guess, according to your logic, there were THREE sharks in Jaws, because they had THREE models. Fucking 1st graders on here.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    There are some dim fucking bulbs on this thing.

    by the Green Gargantua


  • July 31, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Looks terrible

    by imagin78

    It does look pretty bad. However, as many have mentioned, this doesn't really have much of a factor on the final product. Nevertheless, Nolan's films have gotten progressively worse. Inception was a pretentious version of a Michael Bay film.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Inception Definitely Overrated

    by Autodidact

    I much prefer The Prestige.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    'Inception was a pretentious version of a Michael Bay film'

    by Mattman

    Please. There is nothing even remotely Michael Bay about Inception. Characters aren't screaming every five seconds, there's no juvenile humor, the writing is complex, the action scenes are coherent, and the editing lingers on scenes for more than a millisecond.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    The footage will look darker and grayer in post, I would imagine.

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    You can do a lot of amazing tweaking with the look of your footage in video editors nowadays. So I wouldn't be concerned about the fact that it was a bright sunny day when they shot these scenes yesterday.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Inception is one of the best films of the decade.

    by Mr Soze

    Everyone on this geek site goes to see a Nolan movie on it's opening weekend.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Ahh Bane's going with the whole GOATSE look...

    by JethroBodine

    How nice.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, Bane is WAY more realistic and cooler than the Penguin

    by Continentalop

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Does Bane have an eating disorder?

    by Continentalop

    Is that why he wears a muzzle?

  • July 31, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    I like the mask

    by NoArrow

    It looks so awkward and uncomfortable, it makes me uneasy to look at it, which I like. I'm sick of people saying "people only like TDK because they're supposed to like it" or "people only hate TDK to be cool." As if people formed opinions that way.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Fuck you viggeo. I don't chug it.

    by Continentalop

    I just play with it and tease it, tantalizing him with the promise of release that never will come. World of difference.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    "Nolan's films have gotten progressively worse"?!?!

    by BlueHawaiiSurfer

    You may now see your way out of the conversation. You are talking about the "1" film he did since The Dark Knight, and yeah we all realize how much worse The Dark Knight was than Batman Begins... I think ole' Chris has proven himself enough that I'm not going to be the retard that judges an entire film based on a few candid shots. Seriously...

  • July 31, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    The difference between Bane and Joker

    by Geektard_Smasher

    Both of them want to fuck Batsie in the fart box, but only Bane is strong enough in a one on one fight to do it. And he's gonna too, right after Gordon (there is a good reason Gordon is laying on his side in the trailer; he's got a firehose size cathatar going into his pumper dumper. Sorry to go so strong with the butt stuff, but I thought I throw a bone to our alternate lifestyle talkbackers out there. My sunday afternoon gift to you, "Jizzy Gulp" and "Gender Blender"!

  • July 31, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Pittsburgh, Philly. What's the difference?


    Both are rapidly dying, once-great industrial cities whose residents' emotions are morbidly reliant on the success of their NFL teams.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by mattforce7 SPOIL ANYTHING. The Teaser trailer will be the ONLY thing I watch for this Film. From PAst Nolan leaks from pics to trailers, i know they often show way to much, trailers MAINLY. Im sure it looks awesome tho

  • Bane is subbing for the mutant leader (and the prisoners would be the anarchist punks in The Dark Knight Returns).

  • July 31, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I'll give Nolan the benefit of the doubt...

    by tailhook

    But Bane is a character that has never, ever worked on screen. The actual concept of it, that he's some blowup doll that is activated by Venom is something thats just 10 shades of pure cheese. I'm there first weekend regardless, but Nolan is going to have to pull off some sort of miracle to not have the inherent weakness of Bane simply destroy the production. How weak is the character? The only way they could get him to work in the funnybooks was by letting him 'break' Batman's back. See? He's really a super-pooper villain right? HE BROKE BATMAN'S BACK. HE'S REALLY A VILLAIN OK? HE'S REALLY SCARY OK? Nope.. not really.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Viggeo the sad thing is...

    by Mr Soze

    With all this hate you'll still be standing in line opening night dressed like Ledgers Joker. I hope you can get somebody to cover your shift at Taco Bell... Ya Jack-off

  • July 31, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    'Bane has never, ever worked on screen'

    by Mattman

    What? He's been onscreen exactly ONCE. (unless you count Mystery of the Batwomen... and he actually DID work in that movie).

  • July 31, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Did you know TDK takes place in November?

    by SnootyBoots

    I don't think it comes across in the movie, but I did the extra thing on the big funeral/Gordon gets shot scene and we were all told to dress for November. The scene was shot over a couple of days in August, which, fortunately, were pleasant summer days. Looks like Nolan's doing the same thing here, with the crew in shorts and t-shirts and Hardy standing there dressed for ten below.

  • July 31, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Here is more pics w/ Bale and Hardy battling it out:

    by tamethecunt

  • July 31, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    by tamethecunt

  • July 31, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Hot as balls in Pittsburgh too!

    by Jay Eyler

    I work in/through Pittsburgh. If this is recent, trust me he's plenty hot. Been in the 90's with 100+ heat index and humid as hell.

  • July 31, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Nolan should watch the 60s Batman series on The Hub

    by krabklaw

    ...To see how Batman is supposed to be handled properly. His movies don't even have Robin the Boy Wonder. How can anyone take them seriously?

  • July 31, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by Joe Damiani

    What the hell is wrong with some of you people?! I admit, I havn't seen all of Nolan's movies, but of the ones I've seen, not one was bad. The fact that he made two really good Batman movies seems to escape your limited grasp. How many times have spy picks show up on the net, you all shit all over it, saying the movie is going to bomb, but when the movie actually comes out it's really good. When are you a-holes gonna learn?

  • July 31, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by zeppp42

    Outsidechance, Bane has actually worked quite well as a character in the Secret Six comics lately.

  • July 31, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I think this film is going to suck

    by Geektard_Smasher

    and it's just going to overrate Ledgers performance ten fold. Great. As if there weren't enough dudes of all ages using his pic and his quotes in online forums (not this one. AICN is a piece of shit with no ability to have avatars or a true posting presence or anything many cheap ass sites and blogs do - and you don't have to "expand all" there either). Look, I'll give you the cool fairly original script that should be. Bane is the agent of corrupt business industrialists who are polluting Gothan and spending money on rain forest destruction and shit. Catwoman is a rich eco warrior like in the 90's cartoon who is fighting against the business fucks. Talia Al Ghul is one of the industrialists, but is actually there to sabatoge them - and also to get vengence on Bruce Wayne. She seduces Bane to fight bats, using her wiles to make Bane focus on proving his dick is bigger than Bats and beating his Bat-Ass. Catwoman caught in the middle., but in the end is Batmans Ally and she fights an awesome catfight with Talia, while Bats gets his ass handed to him by Bane. In true Harry, true Batman fashion, Batsie pulls a trick out of his ass and defeats Bane (uses the secret Batchainsaw or something..I don't give a fuck). The day is won, and Bats fucks the catshit out of Catwoman just as hard as Bale is fucking the rich bitch actress shit out of Hathaway as we speak. Bam, done. There's your story, 1000 times better than the one they are using. Tell them Geektard Smasher told you.

  • July 31, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Looks bad!


    He looks too small (of course) and his costume is fucking terrible! A ragged, disheveled sweatshirt under a flak jacket? Really? They couldn't put some padding to make his shoulders look bigger???

  • July 31, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    'In true Harry, true Batman fashion'

    by Mattman

    Haha, that one made me laugh

  • July 31, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Are there any Bane stories that aren't...

    by odo19

    completely terrible that someone could recommend me? I almost bought Knightfall about a week ago(after having it in my cart for about a year) and changed my mind after reading the short summary made me gag(or was it Nolan's cock?). Seriously anything at all would be helpful.

  • July 31, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by Geektard_Smasher

    I have to figure it out for you? Insert your own MacGuffin, dipshit. Leave it to a pretentious douche to niggle the details after I gifted and awesome film plot to you. And stop calling your boyfriend Gobby to come bobby your knobby...

  • July 31, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Batman and Bane Fighting

    by spiderinside

    Checkout these pics on Batman and Bane look like they're having fun trying to beat the piss out of each other...

  • July 31, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by Geektard_Smasher

    is the type of shitty, lazy comics writing you get when the artists are given projects that are about milking cows more than usual. The problem is that the "marks" in comic fandom want to eat whatever shit they tell you is "special." Fans with any brains and sense of artistry recognize this shit for the smelly baloney it is. Bane is there to break Batmans back. His only real purpose when created. Batman has defeated foes stronger, faster, better trained, and more nigh invincible than Bane. Croc, KGBeast, Ras Al Ghul, even guys as powerful as Superman. Suddenly you had to accept that a juiced up dude in a Lucha Libre outfit could nab him up and crack his back like a breadstick. Fuck that, and any geektard loser who thinks it makes good comics. You're being duped, dipshits.

  • July 31, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by Sicuv Uyall

    no one

  • July 31, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Geektard, the reason Bane was able to break Batman

    by Mattman

    is because he pitted every one of Batman's foes against him before fighting. Batman was mentally and physically exhausted by the time he got to Bane.

  • July 31, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Matt, I can dig that

    by Geektard_Smasher

    But that is a fairly over rused concept in comics even long before the Bane stuff. Sinister Six was going after Spider-man when it was still the 60's I think. Has happened to almost every hero that has been around for a few decades. So ok, they used and old stanby to give a reason why Bane can beat Batman. But still, the back breaking was there for the same reason as Superman gets killed (by a villain about as lame as Bane), to do something big with a new villain "flavor of the year" and get a bunch of comics (usually rushed in art and story) out to be purchased by anyone who wants to see what the hubbub is about. A year later the status quo is returned as if nothing happened. Comics are sold, but buyers are stuck with a lame and lazy cash cow storyline for a year or so. One reason I stopped buying comics in the 90s'.

  • July 31, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Now geektard collects Pokeman trading cards

    by Mr Soze

    Ya Jack-off

  • July 31, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by Mattman

    I agree, it was a total gimmick to sell comics. I didn't think it was as bad as the whole Death of Superman thing though. Still, I do tire of these gimmicky year-long storylines. I much prefer graphic novels with focused story arcs such as Long Halloween or Hush.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    That there is Cundalini...

    by django_il_bastardo

    and Cundalini wants his hand back!

  • July 31, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    AICN should really post those fight pics.


    that's news. and batman at least still looks pretty cool.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    I don't get the Nolan love on here.

    by fanboy71

    Sure, his Batman films were vastly superior to Shumaker's and Burton's, but that is not sayiing a whole lot. Burton's films were shit, and Batman and Robin was just an abortion. Batman Forever was the best one of them all intil Begins came along IMO. That being said, Begins and Dark Knight are still very flawed movies, and if Ledger had lived through making it, it probably wouldn't have done much better than Begins, let alone set the box office records that it did. Captain America was much better than any of them, and this Bane look like bat-shit. Bale is not a great fit for the role, his gravel voice is seriously distracting and has become the stuff of parody. I like the films Nolan has made, but they are not without fault. To have him on a pedestal like this site does is not warranted. But Memento kicked ass!

  • July 31, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Freakin POGS

    by Mattman

    I was really into those for like a month. I had a gold slammer (I think they were called?) that had a jagged saw edge. The actual game was so retardedly simple, there was no way it would last.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Viggeo, with the desperate attempt

    by Geektard_Smasher

    to come off funny, and the many return keys you hit to leave impactful comments way below your post in an attempt to emulate Choppa, I'll tell it like it is in your own language. You are a... Fag.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Fanboy71, agree that

    by Geektard_Smasher

    the Kilmer Batman was the best up to this point. Enough comic book flash and humor mixed in with the high flying action. I think Burtons second Batman film and the Clooney have to tie for the worst. The first Burton Batman is bad in retrospect, but at the time it seemed pretty beloved by fans. Yeah, Dark Knight could have used 25 minutes trimmed off and I'd have liked it better. Harvey Dent surviving might have given it more weight, but as a half hour survival time for a Rogues Gallery villain after his origin is blatant bullshit. One of many things wrong with it.

  • Ha! Pretty much. You forgot baseball though. Also, you forgot that this goes for pretty much the entirety of this slowly (but surely) dying country.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    How Come I Can't Make Quotation Marks?

    by NeonFrisbee

    The above was quoted from the_choppah.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one that thinks that Batman/Bane fight looks shockingly bad?


    Lol? It looks like Batman got into a fight with some redneck at a Sarah Palin rally.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Reserving Judgment until I see it from the DP'S CAMERA!

    by LizardMan

    Pretty sure that Wally Pfister's photography will make the costume look considerably better.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Photos underwhelming as hell

    by Geektard_Smasher

    Winonos PJ is totally right. They are going to add CGI to Bane, right? I do like the elboy a smiling Bats is slipping in. Maybe this is near the end when Bane has been de-venomed or something and Batman is laying down the coupe de grace? Something intriguiging is the cops. They seem to be holding people away and letting the fight happen. Revenge for Gordon? Anyway, if this was Killer Croc it would be cool as hell. But it's not.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    the cops:


    by the end the cops back batman. he probably has to make some kind of plea for all the just people of gotham to help him against the league of shadows. corny, but that's all i got.

  • July 31, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    What do you want, fanboy71?

    by jorson28

    When "Batman Begins" came out, I, too, criticized everyone's rush to crown Nolan's films the be-all and end-all of Batman movies, but given that this character has arguably been interpreted in more ways on cinema, to date, than any other so-called superhero, what do you want? If anyone adapted any of the Batman comics absolutely literally, it would likely look and feel ridiculous. Besides which, you seem to be one of the many that vulgarly criticize without giving any real reasons WHY the stuff earns your disdain. As for me, I think "Batman Begins" is a great origin story, but isn't all that fun (at least not in the way and to the extent that I think most comic book movies should be) and in my opinion, the villains aren't... "colorful" enough to warrant the presence or need of a Batman to combat them. "The Dark Knight" is a great improvement with its interpretation of the Joker - and I really like Harvey Dent and Two-Face, too - but it is just a little bit too long with some awkward editing in the first half-hour and it practically wastes the great villain of Two-Face by killing him off so quickly and easily after having spent nearly two hours setting him up. As for "The Dark Knight Rises," my only concerns after not liking the title all that much are the number of villains (Bane, Catwoman...hopefully... and one, if not two versions of Ra's Al Ghul AND the League of Shadows) and the depiction of Bane, which I hope is not simply a tool for Al Ghul and his group because he deserves better, especially given the actor playing him. In any case, I, too, am criticizing Nolan here, but at least I give SPECIFIC REASONS! It does kind of depend upon whether or not you care if anyone lends credibility to what you say, but specifics help if you actually want to make a valid point. Really, these pictures neither say nor show anything. They depict an actor standing on top of a vehicle we've already seen in what is probably going to be one of several costumes he'll wear in the movie based upon scenes, settings, etc. I won't judge the movie based on these or any like them, and for anyone else to do so is their right, but still meaningless folly. As far as anything that could come close to a valid statement about what makes a good comic book movie, I'll give it a shot by pointing out that statistically, the comic book based and/or inspired movies that have succeeded the most both critically and commercially have been the ones that stick to the two or three most iconic and long-running characters and elements of the comics and incorporate them into a story that is, overall, tightly structured, original and captures the basic tone of the comic book characters' most well-loved stories and interpretations. Beyond that, either you like them or you don't. If you don't like the character much, you're not likely to like his or her movie, per se. If you don't like the same interpretation of the character as a majority of readers, based upon sales statistics, etc., then you're also not likely to appreciate the same kind of movie even if it manages to have critical, commercial and fanbase success. Frankly, even though I still have a soft spot for Tim Burton's two Batman films (although mostly because they're what got me hooked on the character in the first place, and I like Burton films), I think Nolan has come the closest to making one or more respectful, faithful AND original Batman movies out of everyone that has tried since the serials of the 1940's. He understands the core tenets of the character as it has been most often and most successfully depicted in comic books and based upon what he has said in the press regarding his intentions for "The Dark Knight Rises," is most likely doing what is best not only for the character but for the character as handled on film by him, as a director and co-writer. If you want to predict gloom in connection with Nolan and a superhero property, move on to Superman. Besides being an odd fit given Nolan's dark sensibilities, the somewhat questionable choice of Snyder as director warrants some skepticism.

  • July 31, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by Geektard_Smasher

    >and in my opinion, the villains aren't... "colorful" enough to warrant the presence or need of a Batman to combat them< I think the point of Bruce Waynes creating a colorful and more technological version of a LOS ninja suite has less to do with him thinking "Superhero" (none of which exist in the the Nolanverse up to that point), and more to do with him pumping up what he knows from the LOS training with a visage that he once found frightening. Be what frightens you and you'll frighten your foe. This was his way of not being a Punisher or Paul Kersey/Deathwish vigilante with guns. Fighting normal men with abnormal fear. Scarecrow was not a true villain in the classic comic book sense (didn't run around all crazy in his mask until poisoned - prior just using it as a therapy aid), but the arrival of the Joker is what automatically made Batman the first real superhero, and thus began the dance of the yin and yang who are completed by each other. But in a different way than Viggeo needs a man to complete him.

  • July 31, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    anybody seeing the spinal scars on bane?


    some of the pics, like this one- show small scars of the spine... hm.

  • July 31, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    'up' not 'of' the spine. where'd the edit feature go?


  • July 31, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    also- sucks that bane has those sleeves on.


    you can see that his arms are naturally buffed and bigger than batman's padded ones. the sleeves make the costume look dopey...need to show those guns!

  • July 31, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    I find it weird...

    by tang126

    ...that so many know-it-alls and pompous blowhards can, with a straight face, declare a motion picture a "failure" or "sucks!" an ENTIRE YEAR OUT...based on a few silly, context-free set pics. Don't most movies, as they're being filmed, look a bit underwhelming and "not quite there yet"? You see, there's this thing called "editing", along with music and special effects (oh, and a story/plot too!) that all kinda have to come together in another 9-10 months to form a complete, cohesive package that you'd actually want to sit through. Long story short, anyone declaring this movie a failure, dud, flop, waste-of-time, etc. based solely on the above photos (or ANY photos leaked or released in the coming months) is simply an point-missing, attention-whoring, raging numbnut of the highest caliber (and have probably never been right about much of anything their entire life).

  • July 31, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    John McEnroes reaction upon seeing pictures of Bane...

    by Jay

  • Notice how much emotion that conveyed, with Batman backing away, breathing heavily while Bane approached from the front of the shot? Notice how it didn't look stupid or cheesy or anything? Do you think it would have looked like that if you had seen it from a side-view, at thirty feet away, filmed on some random dude's cheap home camcorder, with tons of crew and lighting and sound equipment sitting all around, and without the months of editing and post-processing? No, it would look stupid and cheesy. But let's face it, talkbackers just like to bitch. So this post was certainly a waste of my time. Fuck.

  • July 31, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    I don't dig the mask but I'll reserve overall judgement

    by ParagonComplex

    Nolan can make it work. I'm biased because I'm a huuuuuuuge fan of Bane, and I love his comic-book digs. He's gotta fix the mask.

  • July 31, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    I never said the movie would suck


    O.K. actually I did. In another talkback. But I was half joking. Here we have some set photos with the first good look at Bane, and it looks kinda bad. What do you want, me to sugar coat it? Obviously it's going to look better in the actual film. That goes without saying. That's not preventing me from expressing my concern about how fucking lame Bane looks, and how stupid the physical fight with Batman looks considering Batman looks bigger and stronger than Bane. Isn't it supposed to be the other fucking way around? I don't like his costume, that is not going to change when I watch the movie. Just like the blue smurf fern gully creatures were just as fucking lame looking when I sat down and watched Avatard. This costume is FUCKING TERRIBLE. It doesn't even fit right. It looks like he got that shit at the salvation army.

  • July 31, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Well, I see FOUR Tumblers...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...and dead people.

  • July 31, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Did you fuckers learn nothing from Captain America?

    by aegri_mentis

    Nolan could use computer morphing to make Bane as big as he wants. I don't think he will, however. If he has shown us nothing, it's that he can take a comic book character, deconstruct it through his lens, and have it come out the other side making sense.

  • July 31, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Those photos of Batman and Bane fighting


    they already shaved 100 million off this movies box office potential

  • July 31, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    'Bane's wearing a COAT!? I told you this would suck!'


  • July 31, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Bane's Bane

    by grassh0pperunit

    Maybe Bane is trying to limit his ability to suck his thumb and needs that giant face mask to aid him in his attempt. I wonder if one of his lieutenants will catch him on the toilet with his mask off like that officer caught Vader on the can in The Empire Strikes Back?

  • July 31, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    looks stupid

    by Everette Hartsoe

    ' nuff said

  • July 31, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    looks stupid

    by Everette Hartsoe

    ' nuff said

  • July 31, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Re: complaining about a 5'8" 195 pound Bane...

    by aegri_mentis

    Do you also complain about a 5'10" 175 pound Batman?

  • July 31, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Those pics of Batman fighting Bane

    by Orion

    are all wrong. Daylight. They look the same height. Unless the camera angle is crazy, it's disappointing. I think we all need to wait and see the finished product.

  • You can tell by the coat. Nowadays, everyone is wearing them there. Very tasteful.

  • July 31, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by fanboy71

    You said "If anyone adapted any of the Batman comics absolutely literally, it would likely look and feel ridiculous. Besides which, you seem to be one of the many that vulgarly criticize without giving any real reasons WHY the stuff earns your disdain." As for why Burton's films were shit, I really didn't want to write a book on the problems with Burton's films, but I can narrow it down to one MAJOR problem: Batman is a pussy! How many times does he get his ass kicked in that first film? How many times does he get his ass handed to him by common thugs, only prevailing because of his "wonderful toys"? How many times does he get shot, only to have his bulletproof costume (or a silver platter?? a bullet would go right through that btw) save him? How many times did we see him actually training? Did we see his martial arts mastery? His gymnastic prowess? Did we see his detective training? All we saw time and time again, was him getting his ass beat and his tech bailing him out. That is not Batman. As for a literal adaptation of a Batman comic, I offer up Batman: Year One by Frank Miller. Nolan used some of it in Batman Begins, but strayed to far from it IMO. I also think The Dark Knight Returns would be awesome, but good luck getting the rights to all the characters. There have been things I enjoyed from most all the films, (Well, maybe not Batman and Robin) but no one film has been what I would call a great Batman film. Nolan has come the closest, but his films are still flawed in a lot of ways. But to hear the majority of folks on here Nolan can do no wrong, and Superman will be amazing because he is involved. I sincerely hope it is great, but let's just say I am skeptical. But, I should say that I am very happy to live in this time when we have so many comic book films to see. I remember going nuts in the 80's and 90's because I saw so much potential in film adaptations of my favorite comic book heroes, and all we were getting was crap like the 1990 Captain America and Punisher films until Blade and X-men (a very flawed series of films also) came along and started the current trend.

  • July 31, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Too all you idiots saying Bane is too skinny!!!!!

    by Ryan Kinsel

    DO you realize he will be using a substance called venom that will bulk him up to hulk like proportions!!! The mask is a way for the venom to get in his body! Jesus H get a fucking clue!!!!!! Also Jesiah you're an idiot for even comparing G.I. Joe and ...well any Christopher Nolan film! Please do the world a favor and go back to school! ok?

  • July 31, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Bane talks a lot

    by Autodidact

    He's very educated and likes to bloviate...

  • July 31, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I just saw the fight scene pics.. hahaha

    by fanboy71

    I know that we can't really tell anything about the film from a few pictures, but Batman is taller than Bane!!! hahahaha I sure hope that's the unvenomized Bane. That last shot of the teaser does give me a little hope that we will see a venomized Bane. Otherwise, why bother with Bane at all? Batman and Robin took a total dump on the character already.

  • July 31, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Risk IT .. Risk It.

    by triplesixclickqueer

    The unnoticed graffiti is significant. Below the stud in the punk shirt. There. Notice the graffiti. Seems significant somehow. And yes, I am watching Ron Ron pontificate over cookies in the jar and the crumbs they leave. So what?

  • July 31, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Pink Shirt

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Costume. Costume Talk Gang. Costume. Pink not punk. Daaamn

  • July 31, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Tall People

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Bone structure. Without one aint gonna have the other. Doesn't matter. Sorry

  • July 31, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Camo Cargos

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Man wearing Camo Cargo shorts during a heatwave now noticing huge lightpole with Risk It Graffiti up his ass in photo. Yes, It took that long. Odelay

  • July 31, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by triplesixclickqueer

    Took a total dump on the character. Sarcasm or not that Mr. Fanboy71 has an active imagination. Mr. 71 <puppy eyes look ..roof roof..> when are you sir, free?

  • July 31, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Scratch that. there are FIVE Tumblers.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I forgot to take back one Tumbler to honor the Hebrew God whose Tumbler this is!

  • July 31, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST


    by triplesixclickqueer

    Aahhh. Eff. it all. As I elevate my right left, stretch and set down that ankle. On a milkcrate next to a waterheater solid as Tree of Smoke. Reaching up and scratching a ball. Waiting. Now both balls. And a sniff of shaved pencils. Excuse me, unoriginal. Shhh. but really- shaved 'pinkbaby' pencils. Costumes man, please? Pinkbaby pencils still somewhere at my old house. Like my parent's will care if I ask where they B? This is fun as fuck.

  • July 31, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Can I do myself a favor?

    by triplesixclickqueer

    And go back to school two? B2S2 yeaaa you know that's right.

  • July 31, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    1999 Called

    by triplesixclickqueer

    No it didn't. But if by some (?) conundrum some way (?) it did I'd tell it to 'Suck IT!' And all night i wouldn't sleep lamenting my lack of streams and wish i'd a said. 'Hi, I'm queer and been waiting. And you are?' But I already know because I called First/ So. Now I guess I just wait. Batman.

  • July 31, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by chargester

    Bane In Name Only for those who are new to AICN in the last 6 years.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    I am new to AICN but have been aware of the sites influence

    by triplesixclickqueer

    For over six years. I wear this knowledge like a purple heart everyday and even scored a few chicks pretending I was some of youse dudes. I would tell people the recycled piss guy was me. Always worked with the right chick. Chicks.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 1:58 a.m. CST


    by imagin78

    You clearly have poor reading comprehension. I haven't judged TDKR. I judged those pics... which anyone can see are hardly exceptional. I said no one can use them to judge the final product given how much can change in post. Inception is like a Bay film in many ways. 2-dimensional characters. None of them have much in the way of depth. Nolan wants us to sympathize with them even though they are all morally questionable persons or ciphers. A hallmark of Bay's oeuvre. Plus, the action scenes are a mess. The snow fortress set-piece is as badly staged a sequence as I've seen in awhile. There are two films in the past year that I couldn't wait to see end - Transformers 3 and Inception. Also, The Dark Knight is no masterpiece. Batman Begins is a far more complete film. One that balances the verisimilitude of a realistic superhero with the fantastical elements of a comic book. When you pretend that a man that dresses like a bat is as plausible as bank robbers in the film Heat, it becomes just as ridiculous as the camp in Schumacher's versions. It also makes the glaring flaws in TDK's third act stick out like sore thumbs. One second you have Gotham tearing itself apart to kill a guy in order to save a hospital, the next you have prisoners sacrificing themselves on a ferry. Preposterous! Nolan has gotten progressively worse. Memento is still the best movie he has made. I will reserve judgment on TDKR until I've seen it. Nevertheless, I'm not going to call it the second coming either.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST

    The Dark Knight wasn't very good...

    by John

    ...And this just looks plain fucking terrible. Embarrassingly lame. A filmmaker with balls would have Batman fighting a completely new villain created for the movie, not some ridiculous-looking cocksucker from a comic book that only a handful of nerds have ever heard of or give two flying shits about. Weren't some of you guys geekgasming because Nolan created a realistic universe for his Batman movies? Those claims all get flushed down the shitter when you see this tool wearing a jaws of hell cock-harness on his face, don't they?

  • That makeup test photo and those other ones? Everyone was bitching and moaning endlessly about it! "He looks like the Crow, this is retarded" etc etc. Wait and see.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    So George Miller is making Mad Max 4 after all?

    by catlettuce4

    Can't wait.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 5:07 a.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    I do remember that bithing about Ledger, and I feel his Joker looked bad in the film. Joker should not have that slept-in-a-dumpster look. The performance was good, the look of his character sucked.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Venom? Really?

    by catlettuce4

    Someone thinks the venom drug will be in this movie and bulk Bane up? We'll see...

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    analysis of a BTS pic

    by almostgrown

    Ok, here's my take on what we are seeing. the pants appear to be blue BDU fatigues, commonly worn by SWAT units in police departments. the chest armor also appears to be a Wayne Enterprises prototype, similar to the armor in Begins. So, based on that, I think Bane stole a SWAT uniform (probably violently) and broke into Wayne Enterprises to not only steal a tumbler, but also some gear, so he could accomplish the mother of all jailbreaks at Arkham.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Bane too small? do realize that...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...Tom Cruise is shorter than all of you? Yes, dear AICN'er, I'm referring to you, me, all of us. Tom Cruise is practically a midget and yet, if you'd never ever seen a picture of him in "real life" at a premiere or something, you would likely not think that he's practically a midget, much less shorter than probably every female he's ever co-starred with in every movie he's ever done. Thanks to patented old-school Hollywood filmatism, Cruise looks to be as tall, if not taller, than his costars (especially the female costars). And we're none the wiser at screening time. Now, I'm not a die-hard Bats comic fan but I do know more about Bane than some wikipedia article and it's obvious that what we've seen thus far is nothing like Bane as represented in the comic. And not just in terms of size and the lucha-libre mask. But then I actually like the way this is proceeding as I clearly remember people saying "Scars? Why does Nolan's Joker have scars? Is he channeling Burton?!?!?!" and of course "White greasepaint? Not chemically bleached skin?wtf?!!?!" and yet not only did Nolan (in my opinion) redefine the Joker in many brilliant ways he and Ledger also created one of the most thrilling onscreen villians since Vader from the original (non-tweaked) Star Wars trilogy. Meaning that perhaps the Bane we've all seen and some have bitched about is pre-venom? Now, of course we won't see the ridiculous comical take on Bane like in the absurd 'Batman & Robin' but I have to say I trust Nolan's instincts on this and think that while we won't get a monstrously huge 'hulk-like' Bane and he might not have a Spanish accent or wear a Lucha-libre mask, I think we just might be surprised at what Nolan does with the character.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    And lastly, venomized or unvenomized...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...I will say that if he doesn't "venomize" at some point and remains actually shorter/smaller than Batman, it may be difficult to accept this character as Bane. I still have faith in Nolan and while I do agree that the 3rd act of TDK was definitely weak compared to the 1st and 2nd acts, I do think that TDKR should still be a great movie but if Bane remains basically smaller than Batman and has no others "powers" (chemically, mechanically, etc) then it will be ass if he "breaks the bat" as Bane does in the comics. It just won't be believable - he doesn't have to be taller but he simply HAS to be bigger. A lot bigger (Bale is quite a big dude already). Not hulk big, and muscle suits are utter ass and out of the question, but Bane should be Juggernaut big from that mediocre Xmen 3 movie. Tom Hardy can pull the role off easily but he will need some serious, serious bulk if he wants to visually pull off the character. If the above shots are as big as he gets, well then tb'ers here basically do have a reason to be concerned. Bane to Bats should be Arnie's Terminator 1 to Michael Bien's "Reese" soldier character in comparison of size. Vitali Klitschko to Manny Paquio - yes, that big a difference.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by jake rodgers

    I hate you!. I hate that you bait goblin. Have a good day knowing someone hates you more than you hate yourself

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Give me processed images

    by thommcg

    Then we'll see how ridiculous it looks.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    I broke my own back and Looked at the pics

    by mattforce7

    Couldnt help it, yahoo had them anyways, so i took a look. if ANYTHING, Bane isnt even hitting his full potential here, in terms of strength and PROBABLY Gurth. Liking the wasp like tumbler

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    what the Hell is wrong with this silly mask?

    by chien_sale

    what is this supposed to be?

  • in the first shots (albeit official) of the Joker. People didn't like the 'rotting corpse of Kurt Cobain' idea at all. And look how that turned out.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Oh and they didn't use CG in captain America to make Evans BIG

    by Sepulchrave

    They used it to make him SMALL. The big was all comparatively real.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    You are a tasteless fuck, and an idiot to boot. 'A filmmaker with balls would have Batman fighting a completely new villain created for the movie' ---Nice idea there fucktard.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by John