Why Tom Hardy's Bane Will Be Awesome

The Dark Knight faces his toughest challenge yet

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    • liamio2802

      Jan 21st 2011, 8:15

      "The director has populated his bat-blockbusters with British talent: Bale, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, Gary Oldman, Tom Wilkinson" Cillian Murphy? British? Got that a little wrong i think. Total film seem to make these mistakes a lot dont seem to know much about anything especially Josh Winning who im guessing wrote this based on past experience

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    • Wickerman

      Jan 21st 2011, 8:41

      liamio2802 U literally took the words out of my mouth, Cillian Murphy, British, WEIRD!!! I'm from Cork City in Ireland & so is Cillian Murhy, from Douglas in Cork City actually, is Cork now part of Great Britian...If he did something wrong then he would be Irish pretty fast..Get it right please!!!

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    • rover7

      Jan 21st 2011, 8:59

      this is the second time total film have done this and it's seriously beginning to get on my nerves. you also once tried to claim gabriel byrne as your own, please sort it out. it just goes to show the absolute ignorance total film are employing - matt maytum you are a clown of a writer for not knowing that cillian MURPHY! is Irish. He's a proud Cork man, i'm sure he'd be delighted to see that your throwing him down as a British actor. get your facts right before you make a fool of yourself again.

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    • MattMaytum

      Jan 21st 2011, 10:27

      ^^^ Apologies for the error, duly amended now.

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    • DanRose

      Jan 21st 2011, 11:37

      Fair play MattMaytum... you nearly started a war there... oh and yeah... I've been a fan of Hardy's for years now... Bronson...what a film he literally tears the screen apart and to see a change in an actor from say his character in Layer Cake... the man has talent... Can't wait to see what he does with Bane

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    • fuzzcaminski

      Jan 21st 2011, 12:27

      Geographically speaking, the British Isles comprised of Britain and Ireland. Great Britain is England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. So to a certain extent it can be interpreted as correct. I know it's been amended now, and I don't mean to suggest that Murphy is British, just that Ireland and Britain collectively are known as the British Isles.

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    • SpideyLew

      Jan 21st 2011, 12:35

      Reason 1 of 1 - Tom Hardy's Bane will be awesome because he's Tom Hardy and he is awesome.Simple.

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    • NatGr07

      Jan 21st 2011, 12:43

      I like 1,2,3 reasons. He's incredibly talanted:) I'm sure he will be sooooo awesome as Bane:)

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    • QuietLife

      Jan 21st 2011, 13:02

      Great article. I (as I'm sure many others do) frequently browse both TF and another major movie magazine's site (plus subscribe to both monthly mags) and frequently find myself preferring Total Film's features as they are often more entertaining. Nicely done MattMaytum!

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    • rover7

      Jan 21st 2011, 13:16

      @fuzzcaminski in fairness there's a big difference between the term "british isles" and "britain" or "british". The british isles is basically in a similar geographical category as something like Scandinavia. ie it wouldn't be correct to say that danish actor Mads Mikklesen is Swedish in the same way that it is completely false to say Cillain Murphy is British. And then if you want to go down the "oh but ireland was once part of britain" route you mayaswell consider the likes of brad pitt and george clooney as british too because the US was also under english rule before. But for pity sake let's not start flogging that dead horse. What p*sses me off to no end is the blatant arrogance of total film yet again with the attitude "ah it doesn't really make a difference, it's all the same thing, who cares whether it annoys the cr*p out of the lads over in Ireland anyway what are they going to do about it?". Cillain Murphy is a fantastic IRISH actor so that has to be acknowledged and I find it highly insulting when TF have such a blasé attitude about throwing names down in when rattling off a "great british actors" list. Apology accepted though Matt, at least you changed it and I also apologise for the insults said in the heat of the moment but I'm sure you can understand that we're very protective of the talent we do have. Aside from all that keep up the good work.

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    • derektheiss

      Jan 21st 2011, 13:59

      "If Joel Schumacher Was Directing: Bane would probably be earmarked as a comeback role for The Governator..." Did someone forget that Bane was already in the same movie as The Governator?

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    • barcodetheworld

      Jan 21st 2011, 17:14

      Well if you wanna get nti picky no-ones a "british" or "irish" actor cos its just lines on a map and we're all mongrels so do one with the irrelevant patriotism! Will be interesting to see what Hardy does with Bane...hope its a sleeper performance like Heath which will shoot all the nay sayers out the water. Though considering what Nolan gleaned outta Ledger i don't think many peeps will make the same mistake of lack of faith

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    • blackrainpr

      Jan 22nd 2011, 0:18

      OMG people it was a mistake not a bomb threat Jesus Christ, and rover7 that's what to harsh, we should be writing about Tom Hardy and i think it's gonna be awesome ^^

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    • DravenCage

      Jan 22nd 2011, 7:30

      Just so I can catch up. One writer makes a (minor) mistake, which suddenly means the whole of Total Film sucks? Glad to see logic and reason being shown in full effect. As for the film; when I heard that Tom Hardy was being cast as Bane, I almost creamed myself. I mean, I've been a huge fan of Batman and especially the Bane character since his introduction back in the day. The announcement he would be in Batman & Robin made me excited (I enjoyed Forever and felt The Riddler as perfect in that movie), with high hopes. I then saw the movie, realised he was Bane in look only (admittedly, he looked the part) and cried myself to sleep. Now that Nolan is behind the camera, I know he's not going to be wasted and reduced to the role of a lackey this time out. The excitement is back and I can't wait to see how the director translates him into his "real world" setting after hitting a home run with The Joker.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 22nd 2011, 12:05

      Broke Batmans back over his knee eh? You just know Adam Wests' Batman would have Bat-Springs installed "for just such an occasion"

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    • wazza88

      Jan 22nd 2011, 15:34

      Christopher Nolan's definitely English; born here, studied here, made his first feature here and has an English accent, sorted. If they want to lay claim to another Englishman, they can have Paul WS Anderson :D

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    • moviemike

      Jan 23rd 2011, 16:23

      Irish surname though! lol. I claim Nolan for the irish :) http://www.irelandroots.com/nolan.htm

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    • sudynim

      Jan 24th 2011, 9:18

      Also to clarify on #9. Even though Knightfall did have the Arkham breakout, that was already done in Batman Begins. Remember? How they were roaming the streets while Scarecrow's fear juice was being pumped into the city?

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    • sudynim

      Jan 24th 2011, 9:18

      Also to clarify on #9. Even though Knightfall did have the Arkham breakout, that was already done in Batman Begins. Remember? How they were roaming the streets while Scarecrow's fear juice was being pumped into the city?

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    • sudynim

      Jan 24th 2011, 9:18

      Also to clarify on #9. Even though Knightfall did have the Arkham breakout, that was already done in Batman Begins. Remember? How they were roaming the streets while Scarecrow's fear juice was being pumped into the city?

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    • craigy111

      Jan 28th 2011, 18:17

      I for one am a big 'Hardy' fan, I remember first seeing him in 'Star Trek: Nemesis' and I could see then he was going to become a big star. So hearing that he is going to be in 'The Dark Knight Rises' is fantasticas he was great in 'Inception' and with 'Nolan' still behind the wheel, I'm sure the movie will be justas good as the last one, if not better.

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    • Joidea

      Feb 2nd 2011, 9:42

      Couldnt agree more, he will own that role. So how about a list of why Hathaway will be awesome???

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    • Joidea

      Feb 2nd 2011, 9:42

      Couldnt agree more, he will own that role. So how about a list of why Hathaway will be awesome???

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    • jamiehalus

      May 20th 2011, 20:07

      sorry to be pedantic fuzzcaminski, but Northern Ireland is not part of Great Britain. It's part of the United Kingdom :-P

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    • mcdoogle

      Dec 13th 2012, 10:21

      This effectively ruined what was arguably the greatest super hero series in history. The plot holes were ENORMOUS; and why doesn't Fox just flood the reactor hall while all the bad guys are standing in there? A fusion bomb is set off over a bay and suddenly everyone is safe? There would be fallout, radiation, a moderate tidal wave, and flash burn for miles in every direction. Batman only got that thing out about 2 miles. And which is it? A fusion reactor? A fusion bomb? A nuclear bomb? An atom bomb? Can they change it anymore during the film? Her death scene? Yeah... Bane...Bane was AWFUL. Let's take a 5'10" 175 lb. actor and have him play a 6'9" 300+ monster. Oh, but don't hide the fact that he's noticeably smaller than Christian Bale throughout the entire film. The best part? His voice sounded exactly like Deckard Cain from the Diablo games. By best part I mean it sounded stupid. His lines were poorly written and his voice comical. Finally, let's pretend Bane is the guy everyone fears the entire movie, when he's really just the meatshield for the chick who played out the worst death scene in cinematic history. Bee Tee Dubs, he protected her for no reason because he's an "angel" (though suspiciously a pedophile) who's then cast out as a monster by a...guy who's also a monster. When Bruce escapes prison, he has no money, no means of contacting anyone, and 18 hours to get all the way around the world to save Gotham. Somehow he made it with 12 hours to spare. Then he crossed the ice that can't be crossed and made it into the city. Catwoman kicks a few guys with guns and now Fox and Wayne have access to all of Batman's old toys. No one noticed his 'copter perched on a roof for 5 months either. Why don't we make believe that while Bane is in Africa, the Gotham underground is somehow working for him and goes completely unnoticed as they lace the entire town's supply of concrete with explosives. For years no one noticed the work going on in the sewers? There was never a maintenance call down there? No one heard the noise? When the 1000 prisoners were freed, you mean to tell me that none of them had a change of heart during their stay, or perhaps thought Bane a dickbag, or were just plain psycho enough to open fire on Bane while he stood there giving the lamest, pro-Socialism monologue of 2012? No one shot at him? Really? And then he dies like a chump to a motorcycle shotgun? Geesh... Speaking of which, why was the entire movie a pro-Socialism propaganda piece? We know it's never worked in human history, yet these filmmakers, 6/7 of the media, and the current administration want to turn us into one. We are supposed to feel bad for having stuff. We are supposed to pretend that the wealthy weren't brilliant business people who opened doors for thousands upon thousands of jobs; who invested wisely; obtained the right education; took the right risks; built empires that created jobs for couriers, manufacturers, housing developers, contractors, engineers... Nope. They have money, so they are the problem. Yeah, the problem for a government that wants absolute power. But the people are becoming dumber - less informed. We buy all the headlines and rhetoric and do no research for ourselves. /political rant Anyway, The Dark Knight was one of the greatest films of all-time. Certainly the best of the genre. The Dark Knight Rises was a worse ending to a trilogy than Godfather III, or even The Matrix: Revolutions. An opportunity for greatness wasted. The Avengers was a pleasant surprise and turned out to be amazing. Despite Marvel's desire to make everything bigger and brighter, they pulled off a more believable, more entertaining, more cinematically and intelligently satisfying film than did Christopher Nolan and DC. Absolute shame.

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