Tom Hardy's 'massive' transformation

February 15th, 2012

Tom Hardy has made a ''massive'' physical transformation to star in 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

The 'Warrior' actor - who is set to portray Bane in the movie - has bulked up for the motion picture, according to producer Emma Thomas.

She said: ''Tom made a massive physical transformation for the role... It really is an intense performance.''

''He finally feels like a match for Batman - both physically and mentally.''

As well as being a good match between Bane and Batman - who is played by Christian Bale - Emma admitted the 34-year-old star and Christian are ''fiercely committed'' which makes their onscreen rivalry work perfectly.

She added to Total Film magazine: ''Christian Bale and Tom Hardy are both such fiercely committed actors that pitching them as adversaries works incredibly well - they have such a great chemistry on camera.''

Anne Hathaway is set to take up the role of Catwoman in the motion picture, and Emma promises the brunette beauty's character will come with a few surprises.

She explained: ''It's completely new, and it's a really interesting role. You never quite know where you are with her.''