Friday, January 21, 2011

Yeah, I don't think we have to worry about Tom Hardy as Bane

One of the things I've seen posted on Tumblr and elsewhere since the announcement that Tom Hardy had been cast as Bane is whether or not the British actor could accurately portray the juiced up villain. For those who have no idea what Bane looks like, here's a picture:

Source: Comic Book Resources
Bane was a villain who, during the epic Knightfall storyline broke Batman's back and put him out of action. Now realistically the only people who can match Bane's physique are body builders, one of whom, Robert Swenson, played him in the train wreck of a movie called Batman and Robin. People are naturally skeptical if Hardy can match up and honestly, I don't think we have to worry.

Source: Total Film.
This is Tom Hardy as he looked in a movie called Bronson. He played Michael Gordon Peterson, who was known as Charles Bronson and was considered one of the most dangerous men in the UK. Hardy beefed up for the role considerably, to say the least. I think he can do it. I like the idea of Bane not being this overly muscled guy, which would be too much of a distraction on the screen. The focus should be on the character - who in the comics is a genius who concocted a plan and actually defeated Batman - and not how huge his biceps are.

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