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Tom Hardy talks Bane vs. Joker and the voice for The Dark Knight Rises

04.16.2012

Tom Hardy recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly on all things Bane. Yes, he mentioned the voice. The one thing that people are getting hung up over. He also talks about the different sorts of villainy when it comes to Bane vs. the Joker.

Check it out below and reignite your excitement for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

On wearing the Bane 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,” says Hardy, who also worked for Nolan in the filmmaker’s 2010 Oscar-nominated smash Inception. “Like I care. It’s Chris Nolan! I would wear a paper bag over my head for that man.”

The tone of the villain and the voice:

“There were two doors we could walk through,” says Hardy. “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.” Not surprisingly, Hardy decided to go for the second option. “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at—or it could be very fresh and exciting,” he says. While some found his dialogue incomprehensible in the IMAX-exclusive sneak peek attached to Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol last December, the actor asks for patience. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”

The Joker vs. Bane:

“I think the politics of the film are going to be hotly debated one way or another, as they were in the last film,” says Nolan. Listening to Hardy compare Bane to the scarred, clown-faced villain who terrorized Gotham City in The Dark Knight, you almost get the feeling of a revolutionary usurper with tremendous resources. “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,” says Hardy. “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.”

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Source: EW

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10:11AM on 04/17/2012
I feel like a politician from my flip-flopping (this and Prometheus...and Avengers - damn it!!)- but this is definitely my number one anticipated movie again. It never strayed far.
I feel like a politician from my flip-flopping (this and Prometheus...and Avengers - damn it!!)- but this is definitely my number one anticipated movie again. It never strayed far.
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8:39AM on 04/17/2012
Hardy's comments sound good - can't wait to see TDKR to see if they've done justice to the Bane character - the fact that they've envisaged him as both intellectually capable and physically powerful bodes well - here's hoping the film is as impressive as The Dark Knight.
Hardy's comments sound good - can't wait to see TDKR to see if they've done justice to the Bane character - the fact that they've envisaged him as both intellectually capable and physically powerful bodes well - here's hoping the film is as impressive as The Dark Knight.
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8:26AM on 04/17/2012
Batman will have to get Bane's mask off in order to defeat him or kill him. So we will definitely be seeing what Hardy looks like.

I just love the fact Bane can beat Batman in a fight unlike Joker (who was more mental than physical).
Batman will have to get Bane's mask off in order to defeat him or kill him. So we will definitely be seeing what Hardy looks like.

I just love the fact Bane can beat Batman in a fight unlike Joker (who was more mental than physical).
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6:40AM on 04/17/2012
I think Bane will finally get his due credit as Batman's strongest nemesis once TDKR is out. That being said, The Joker will always be Batman's greatest rival. Like Hardy explains himself, "The Joker didn't care". That, in my opinion, is what makes him exceptionally powerful. He puts the word 'rogue' in Batman's 'Rogue's Gallery'. Bane could break Batman's back, but I think only The Joker can break the Batman's spirit. I mean c'mon, 8 years? That tells you the kind of damage The Joker inflicted
I think Bane will finally get his due credit as Batman's strongest nemesis once TDKR is out. That being said, The Joker will always be Batman's greatest rival. Like Hardy explains himself, "The Joker didn't care". That, in my opinion, is what makes him exceptionally powerful. He puts the word 'rogue' in Batman's 'Rogue's Gallery'. Bane could break Batman's back, but I think only The Joker can break the Batman's spirit. I mean c'mon, 8 years? That tells you the kind of damage The Joker inflicted on Batman.
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8:46AM on 04/17/2012
I really like when The Joker compared himself to a dog chasing a fire truck. He doesn't know what to do with it if he finally got one. That pretty much said a lot about The Joker.
I really like when The Joker compared himself to a dog chasing a fire truck. He doesn't know what to do with it if he finally got one. That pretty much said a lot about The Joker.
4:44AM on 04/17/2012
I think Batman has finally met his match here in the form of Bane as he's one of the smartest/cunning villain with brute physical strength. Batman himself is out of action (as the synopsis goes 5 or 8 years?) for quite sometimes. Personally I think Catwoman is just a pawn in Bane's eyes.
I think Batman has finally met his match here in the form of Bane as he's one of the smartest/cunning villain with brute physical strength. Batman himself is out of action (as the synopsis goes 5 or 8 years?) for quite sometimes. Personally I think Catwoman is just a pawn in Bane's eyes.
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3:59AM on 04/17/2012
nick2903 - "It's also funny how scarecrow just gets lost and is never mentioned when talk of the villains pops up". Why's that funny? In the Nolan word, Scarecrow was someone's puppet. In the sequel...he was captured in like 2 minutes. Hardly makes for an impressive villain. As for the Bane voice...I suspect as the film progresses, Hardy is right about tuning in to it. From personal experience when dealing with people with heavy accents, I know I eventually get to tune in and understand
nick2903 - "It's also funny how scarecrow just gets lost and is never mentioned when talk of the villains pops up". Why's that funny? In the Nolan word, Scarecrow was someone's puppet. In the sequel...he was captured in like 2 minutes. Hardly makes for an impressive villain. As for the Bane voice...I suspect as the film progresses, Hardy is right about tuning in to it. From personal experience when dealing with people with heavy accents, I know I eventually get to tune in and understand what's being said. Worst case scenario...I don't tune in...so I'll just wait for the DVD and the subtitles option. Besides, I don't need to hear Bane when him and Batman kick the sh*t out of each other.
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3:44AM on 04/17/2012
You can't compare the 2 villains. They are completely different. Bane wont be better or worse than the joker. It's also funny how scarecrow just gets lost and is never mentioned when talk of the villains pops up.
You can't compare the 2 villains. They are completely different. Bane wont be better or worse than the joker. It's also funny how scarecrow just gets lost and is never mentioned when talk of the villains pops up.
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12:30PM on 04/17/2012
There was so much potential for The Scarecrow in these movies and Cillian Murphy was a perfect choice but they kinda missed the mark with him. Oh well hopefully he makes another appearance in this one?
There was so much potential for The Scarecrow in these movies and Cillian Murphy was a perfect choice but they kinda missed the mark with him. Oh well hopefully he makes another appearance in this one?
8:08PM on 04/17/2012
It definitely didn't help that Scarecrow was a million times cooler in Arkham Asylum
It definitely didn't help that Scarecrow was a million times cooler in Arkham Asylum
12:37AM on 04/17/2012

Joker and Bane

The Joker is Batman's most unpredictable vilain. He's a wildcard that isn't afraid to even risk his own life just to see Batman laugh, he's not looking to destroy Batman, he only wants Batman to recognize that they need each other. Bane is a totally different beast. He sees himself as a hero freeing Gotham from this fear (Batman) and being the only one who can run Gotham.
The Joker is Batman's most unpredictable vilain. He's a wildcard that isn't afraid to even risk his own life just to see Batman laugh, he's not looking to destroy Batman, he only wants Batman to recognize that they need each other. Bane is a totally different beast. He sees himself as a hero freeing Gotham from this fear (Batman) and being the only one who can run Gotham.
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12:37AM on 04/17/2012

Joker and Bane

The Joker is Batman's most unpredictable vilain. He's a wildcard that isn't afraid to even risk his own life just to see Batman laugh, he's not looking to destroy Batman, he only wants Batman to recognize that they need each other. Bane is a totally different beast. He sees himself as a hero freeing Gotham from this fear (Batman) and being the only one who can run Gotham.
The Joker is Batman's most unpredictable vilain. He's a wildcard that isn't afraid to even risk his own life just to see Batman laugh, he's not looking to destroy Batman, he only wants Batman to recognize that they need each other. Bane is a totally different beast. He sees himself as a hero freeing Gotham from this fear (Batman) and being the only one who can run Gotham.
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11:31PM on 04/16/2012
I wasn't sure what to expect from Bane, but after seeing him in the TDKR prologue, I am sold. Not only was he physically intimidating, he nailed the cold, calculating menace as well.
I wasn't sure what to expect from Bane, but after seeing him in the TDKR prologue, I am sold. Not only was he physically intimidating, he nailed the cold, calculating menace as well.
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11:11PM on 04/16/2012
I don't think it's at all accurate to say the Joker wasn't meticulous, calculated, or orchestrated. His plot involved near-psychic levels of foresight. Either Joker was lying when he said he's a dog chasing cars, or it's a plot flaw.
I don't think it's at all accurate to say the Joker wasn't meticulous, calculated, or orchestrated. His plot involved near-psychic levels of foresight. Either Joker was lying when he said he's a dog chasing cars, or it's a plot flaw.
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6:45AM on 04/17/2012
Definitely not a plot flaw. He's a master at manipulating people. He did it to the mob, and then did it to Harvey Dent. He said it to crack Harvey and channel his vengeance elsewhere. The Joker is by far the worst beast Batman has ever had to face. A monster in make-up.
Definitely not a plot flaw. He's a master at manipulating people. He did it to the mob, and then did it to Harvey Dent. He said it to crack Harvey and channel his vengeance elsewhere. The Joker is by far the worst beast Batman has ever had to face. A monster in make-up.
10:58PM on 04/16/2012
I can't wait for this movie. I like the look of Bane that he can beat the shit out of Batman, I think this will be a great movie or at least that is what I am hoping.
I can't wait for this movie. I like the look of Bane that he can beat the shit out of Batman, I think this will be a great movie or at least that is what I am hoping.
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10:47PM on 04/16/2012
T.H. rocks! Can't wait to see how he portrays Mad Max. Also, just heard about Lawless. That came outta nowhere on me.
T.H. rocks! Can't wait to see how he portrays Mad Max. Also, just heard about Lawless. That came outta nowhere on me.
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10:45PM on 04/16/2012

i think

bane will be the better, more badass villain on paper, but ledger's performance of the joker will not be surpassed...
bane will be the better, more badass villain on paper, but ledger's performance of the joker will not be surpassed...
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