Batman looks like he has seen better days.
Based on "The Dark Knight Rises" footage that director Christopher Nolan screened for MTV Movie Awards audiences on Sunday night, the caped crusader is about to have his Gotham-saving skills severely tested by Bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).
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In the preview, it looks as though Bane, a steroidal criminal with an iffy Caribbean accent, is even able to infiltrate the Bat cave. Will he snap Batman's back like a twig, much as he does in the comic books?
Like the Joker, Bane seems determined to create anarchic chaos in the city Batman has sworn to protect — bringing violence to its streets, its financial institutions and even its picturesque bridges (the real life versions of which can be seen in Pittsburgh).
Message received, Selina.