The Dark Knight Rises is just months away from bursting into our screens, and Entertainment Weekly has got the lowdown from Tom Hardy on the burning question that seems to be troubling the majority of fans: will we be able to understand what Bane is saying?
“It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at,” says Hardy of his uniquely accented character. “Or it could be very fresh and exciting. The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice. As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”
Meanwhile, Anne Hathaway has also had a few things to say about playing Catwoman, particularly the amount of work Christopher Nolan expected her to put in to the role.
“I had to physically transform,” says Hathaway. “Chris sat me down at the beginning and said, ‘Joseph Gordon-Levitt did all of his own fighting in Inception . That one zero-gravity fight? He trained for two months.’ I basically left his office and went to the gym and just came out about five minutes ago.”
As for Nolan himself, he also piped up to give his take on Hathaway’s incarnation of Catwoman. “She has a very strong way of protecting herself and those she cares about,” he explains, “which implies an underlying darkness.”
Darkness? In Gotham? We won’t believe it! The Dark Knight Rises opens in the UK on 20 July 2012.