Tom Hardy: 'Bane is not like The Joker'

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The third and final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman film series, The Dark Knight Rises is the sequel to 2008's The Dark Knight. Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne (Batman) while Gary Oldman, Sir Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman all return to play their respective characters as a terrorist leader called Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing its hero to breaking point and beyond. Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman.
April 16th, 2012

Tom Hardy believes his 'Dark Knight Rises' character Bane is a ''very clean, clear villain''.

The British actor - who stars alongside Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Sir Michael Caine in the third and final Christopher Nolan-directed Batman film - claims his character is not similar to well-known enemy of the caped crusader The Joker because Bane is too ''meticulous and calculated''.

He told Entertainment Weekly: ''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. There is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane.

''There is a huge orchestration of organisation 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.''

Tom also addressed concerns raised after the trailer was released when it was claimed fans could not hear what Bane was saying.

He added: ''The audience mustn't be too concerned about the mumbly voice. As the film progresses, I think you'll be able to tune to its setting.''

'The Dark Knight Rises' is due to be released in July.