This Photo Of Tom Hardy Without The Bane Mask Will Piss Off Batman Fans And Tom Hardy Fans Alike [Updated]

Update: And as a fan of both, I’m really peeved—turns out this was Photoshopped! In my defense, I reverse-image-searched this when I first found it, and didn’t see anything about it being a fake. Still, I got fooled, so thank you to the commenters who pointed that out. You can check out the original here.

Bane continues to be the breakout star of The Dark Knight Rises what with all the feverish talk about his scars and his mask and those two combined—that is, everyone wanting to know just how gruesome and warped they made Tom Hardy look underneath that monstrous facial covering. Well, the internet has delivered an answer, but I have to warn you, it’s kinda disappointing.

This photo started circulating about a week ago, and again within the last twenty-four hours. It’s a shot of Hardy on the set of TDKR but not in costume; we don’t blame him, since they load him with all manner of metal braces and a heavy pimp coat, not to mention the mask covering most of his face. So, without further ado, here’s what Hardy looks like sans mask!

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Would you get a load of that tan? As I remember it, they shot most of TDKR in the winter, but obviously the sunlight got through, because whoo-wee someone got the most awkward tanline of the decade. (You can probably credit it to the big football stadium scene, since judging by these photos the cast and crew spent hours out in the sunshine with little to no shade.) I can’t tell which part is worse, the white skin following the weird lines of his mask down the forehead and over his cheeks, or the spot of tan on his cheek where the skin was exposed. Either way, he doesn’t look very happy to be caught like this.

So, you’re probably wondering why I said that this photo would piss off two fanbases at once. As Screen Crush pointed out, part of the excitement of seeing under Bane’s mask is to determine the actual extent of the damage to Bane’s face. According to Christopher Nolan‘s canon (spoilers, duh), after Bane helps Talia escape the prison, the other inmates subject him to the plague and leave him withered and near-death before Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Shadows rescue him.

We the fans had assumed that Nolan would commit to that backstory by having the makeup artists actually make Bane’s face as terrifying as it’s supposed to be, even if we never saw it. It’s like when you’re writing a script and you write several scenes between characters that the audience never sees, if only because they provide context for what you do see. So, a lot of people probably felt cheated to see that it was indeed a bald Tom Hardy underneath the Bane mask, just like when Nolan and/or the editors decided to cut out all the backstory about Bane getting tortured. I know I did.

As for the Tom Hardy fans, it should be obvious: Their pretty Englishman has an awkward face-tan.

Photo: Screen Crush

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    • ehmpls

      Even with the strange face-tan I still think he is amazing and the best looking man in Hollywood.

    • Bane

      The film was not shot in the winter. It was entirely filmed last summer and the beginning of fall. They used all fake snow in shooting. C’mon do a little research before posting a big article…

    • Freska

      This is an altered image of a candid taken while they were shooting TDKR last summer (not winter). It’s obvious that you didn’t even make the slightest effort to verify your information before posting this ridiculous article.

    • Guest

      Yea, that’s not what he really looked like. Also I don’t know why anyone would be upset that they didn’t do the makeup under the mask when we would never see it. All it would have been was a big waste of time.

    • joe

      fake picture. can’t believe that’s circulating. and why would anyone care if nothing was underneath it?

    • Oooohjeez

      It’s a photoshopped picture..can’t believe people actually think it’s genuine. DOH.

    • ShOrT S

      Anyone who has no idea how a movie is made would say dumb sh*t like do all that movie makeup under a mask. Not only is this a stupid article over a photoshopped image, it was written by someone who is devoid of any and all common sense.
      On that note, this is my last visit to this site.
      Entertainment news isn’t news but at least other sites get their facts correct and don’t allow people who never graduated high school to write their articles.

    • Idiottown

      Dumbest article I ever read. Why on earth would anyone be pissed off?

    • Marie

      This has got to be the dumbest shit i’ve read in ages.

    • wll

      O M G THIS IS PHOTOSHOP! this article just made me laugh so hard. here is the original pic

    • James_Bartlett


    • Really?

      This is retarded. Why would they waste the money to make up his face 1) while he’s not in costume and 2) when his face is covered, also that’s an awful Photoshop job, come on now.

    • Bananabane

      So did Natalie Zutter just lose all credibility as a ‘journalist’?

    • moses diego

      who cares the man is an good actor

    • Hammad

      Ohh I loved the character in the movie..better than the comic version. Especially the mask and tom hardy bane coat which you can order online from