The Dark Knight Rises did justice to The Dark Knight trilogy. It fulfilled the expectations of the fans by gifting another supervillain like Bane. Ever since the trailer was released, fans were stunned by the transformation and mysterious persona presented by Tom Hardy. And once, when the film was out in theatres, it created a rage all over.
One can easily say that Tom Hardy lived the vision of Christopher Nolan’s supervillain. But for pulling off that mysterious terrorist, Tom had undergone a drastic transformation. Right from his accent to the bulky physique, the actor did every single thing to get under the character’s skin.
As per the original comics, Bane is a bit taller than Batman and in reality, Tom Hardy is a bit shorter than Christian Bale. A tricky situation, right? But here Christopher Nolan’s mind came into the play. In order to make Tom’s Bane appear taller, three-inched lifts were used for the actor. Thanks to this technique, The Dark Knight Rises’ Bane appeared taller and dominating than other characters.
Also, one of the most striking features of Bane’s character was his goofy voice. Speaking about the same, Tom Hardy had once revealed that his character’s voice was inspired by the late actor, Richard Burton. “Bane is somebody who’s in tremendous pain all the time. So he had an older voice. Which is sort of Richard Burton, I suppose, you know. Slightly florid, camp English villain … in many ways, but just off-centre,” Hardy had quoted as per The Dark Knight Rises’ blu-ray special additions.
Tom Hardy further had added that Bane needed a Latin touch as the character’s origins are rooted in South America prison. He had confessed of taking inspiration from traveller and bare-knuckle boxing champion, Bartley Gorman.