With Christopher Nolan's upcoming Batman flick "The Dark Knight Rises" now in production, the first scintillating glimpse of the film has emerged, in the form of this photo featuring "Inception" actor Tom Hardy in character as bad guy Bane.
For those unfamiliar with comic-book lore, Bane developed a bad attitude in the penal system of the fictitious Caribbean republic Santa Prisca, and derives his superhuman strength from an experimental drug called Venom. He also enjoys long walks on the beach — but hey, don't we all?
"The Dark Knight Rises" is in theaters July 20, 2012. In the meantime, enjoy the advance look.
Image via Movieweb.com.