When it was announced that 'Inception' star Tom Hardy would be co-starring in the new Batman movie, 'The Dark Knight Rises,' rumors about which villain he'd be playing ran rampant.

Today, Warner Bros. announced Hardy will be playing Bane, one of Batman's most intellectually and physically challenging foes.

Moviefone writer Laura Prudompredicted it would be "unlikely" that Hardy would be portraying Bane when the news was first announced. Prudom did say Bane, a beefed up convict, was in Hardy's wheelhouse, but the character's inclusion in earlier Batman films made him unusable.

Looks like director Christopher Nolan thinks otherwise!

Here's what she had to say about who Bane is and why Hardy would be great for the role.
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PG-132012
Based on 45 critics

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PG-132008
Based on 39 critics

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