Okay, looks like that chanting thing was a bit of a decoy for the real reveal on "The Dark Knight Rises" website today: the first official look at Tom Hardy as Bane. Warner Bros 1 Cynicism 0. The image comes via a slowly, pixel by pixel reveal on the official website that you can see right here sorta like what the studio did for Heath Ledger as The Joker in "The Dark Knight." But people have managed to hack into the matrix and scoop out the image ahead of schedule.
And hey, what can we say? This is legit and looks pretty ace and we'd be lying if we didn't say we were excited. Additionally, in the press release that has now followed the site launch, it notes that as long rumored, Christopher Nolan will be "utilizing IMAX cameras even more extensively than he did on 'The Dark Knight'" which is certainly something to look forward to. No word yet on how much footage will actually get the treatment in the large scale format, but you can bet the tech savvy director has some new tricks up his sleeve. Curiously, only Hans Zimmer appears to be returning to score the film this time around -- the last two efforts he collaborated with James Newton Howard.
As you already know by now Hardy is joined by Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Diego Klattenhoff, Burn Gorman and Nestor Carbonell. It hits on July 20, 2012. Check out the full size image below. [via SuperHeroHype]