This past weekend saw a slew of movie trailers as the lucrative summer blockbuster season approaches. Yes, there was the Transformers: Dark of the Moon, X-Men: First Class, and Green Lantern, not to forget the much anticipated finale to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow. What had people talking about, though, wasn’t a trailer at all but the brilliant interactive campaign by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures for next year’s The Dark Knight Rises. The last of the trio directed by Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale, the movie’s official website went live Friday with only a haunting, cryptic audio files. It didn’t take long from Batman’s online fandom to decipher the repetitive message to “#thefirerises”, as an instruction for Twitter. Flooded with hash tag, a pixelated image begins to appear and reveals a simple yet eerie photo of actor Tom Hardy as Bane.
First appeared in 1993 on the pages of Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1, the hulking villain is relatively new to the world of Batman. A test subject for the “super steroid” known as Venom, Bane escaped the infamous Pena Dura prison in the Caribbean. In mood altering state, likely from the side effect of Venom, Bane made the calculated decision to kill Batman. In doing so, the villain ambushed Bruce Wayne within the Batcave and broke the masked avenger’s back, thus earned the nickname “the man who broke the bat”.