Tom Hardy Admits The Dark Knight Rises' Bane Is "a Risk"
04.16.12 by Ryan
If there's any similarity between The Dark Knight Rises' villain Bane (Tom Hardy) and The Dark Knight's Joker (played by the late Heath Ledger), it's that director Christopher Nolan has taken two extreme comic book characters and put them into a fictional world that Nolan has tried to make as true to reality as a story can be when it follows a man who dresses up like a bat to fight crime. While Bane is certainly less iconic than the Joker, Hardy told Entertainment Weekly, he knew he and Nolan knew that the character represented "a risk" for several reasons.
There were two doors we could walk through. We could play a very straightforward villain or we could go through this very quirky door, which is totally justified by the text but may seem very, very stupid. It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at—or it could be very fresh and exciting.
Hardy is mostly discussing Bane's voice, a point of contention for many fans that saw a sneak peek of The Dark Knight Rises last December playing in IMAX before showings of Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol. Hardy maintains that Bane's voice, which Nolan has refused to alter, won't be an issue. "The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice," Hardy said. "As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting."
Another risk about Bane is his ever-present gas mask, something Nolan thought might make it difficult to convince Hardy to take the role. Hardy admitted that he wasn't worried about the mask.
I think he worried it would be something I might not consider because wearing a mask might damage my career or something. He thought I’d be worried that the audience couldn’t see my beautiful face. Like I care. It’s Chris Nolan! I would wear a paper bag over my head for that man.
What Bane plans to do in The Dark Knight Rises is still a closely-guarded secret, though it does seem to involve destroying a football stadium. One thing Hardy makes clear: Bane is not the Joker.
The Joker didn’t care — he just wanted to see the world burn, and he was a master of chaos and destruction, unscrupulous and crazy. Bane is not that guy. There is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition. He is also a physical threat to Batman. There is nothing vague about Bane. No jokes. He’s a very clean, clear villain.