The Dark Knight Rises, at its heart, is a battle between Bane (Tom Hardy) and Batman (Christian Bale). UK’s Empire magazine has debuted two new covers featuring the first new shots from the film. First up is our hero, the Dark Knight himself.
Second up is the villain who is sure to put the fear into Gotham, Bane. Videos of Bane fighting Batman have been seen, but this is the first chance anyone has had to look at the costume and the man behind the evil. How he will stack up against the Oscar-winning turn of Heath Ledger as Joker is hard to say. Let’s just say that’s like comparing apples and oranges… Ledger’s Joker has already gone down in film history and there is no competition, nor should there be for Hardy. The only thing Bane needs to do is be bad, and we know, in Hardy’s hands, that will come easy.
The Dark Knight Rises arrives in theaters July 20, 2012 with Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman reprising their roles and new cast members Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple and Marion Cotillard joining the fray.