Tom Hardy 'intimidated' by Batman

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Heath Ledger makes his last full screen appearance in this 2008 blockbuster sequel to Batman Begins. Christopher Nolan directs as the caped crusader (Christian Bale) teams with Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) in Gotham's war on organized crime. However Batman and the police have an even bigger problem on their hands when a psychotic villain known only as the Joker (Ledger) starts a murderous rampage.
November 24th, 2011

Tom Hardy was "intimidated" by Batman in 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

The British actor admitted Batman - played by Christian Bale - cuts an imposing figure in the last film in the series; but that didn't stop his character, arch villain Bane, from hitting him back "twice as hard," as he hit him.

Speaking in the special Batman/Bane January issue of EMPIRE magazine, he said: "He looks really intimidating! There's a three-year-old in me that's going, 'Oh my God that's Batman! That's Batman and he's going to hit me! But I love Batman!' Then I look in the mirror. And I hit him back. Twice as hard."

Director Christopher Nolan added that in Bane he's tried to bring a bad guy to the series who will be the "ultimate physical villain" to take on Batman.

He said: "With Bane, we are looking to give Batman a physical challenge that he hasn't had before.

"With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we're testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.

"Bane's a very different kind of villain than Batman has faced before in our films. He's a great sort of movie monster, but with an incredible brain, and that was a side of him that hadn't been tapped before.

"What Bane represents in the comics is the ultimate physical villain."