Director Christopher Nolan repeats that winning strategy in The Dark Knight Rises, as revealed in Thursday night’s press screening here of the first six minutes of the highly anticipated follow-up. This time around, intense British actor Tom Hardy, playing Batman nemesis Bane, sparks his own “Holy crap!” moment about three minutes into an Abu Ghraib-inspired airplane hijacking from hell.
“I first saw Tom Hardy on an airplane in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla,” Nolan told Wired.com in a chat following the screening of The Dark Knight Rises‘ powerful pre-credit prologue. “He can do anything he sets his mind to.”
If anybody stands a chance to sustain Joker-level ferocity, it’s Hardy. In Ritchie’s 2008 Brit gangster film, which persuaded Nolan to cast Hardy as nervy dream invader Eames in Inception, the 34-year-old actor played cockney thug Brutally Handsome Bob. That same year, Hardy ripped up the screen playing a devilish criminal locked up for years in solitary confinement in psychopath biopic Bronson (clip embedded below).