Though much of the talk so far surrounding Bane's voice has been about whether we'll actually be able to understand him through that mask, it's worth noting that Tom Hardy put a lot of work into the character's dramatic accent. We've heard the grandiose tones of Bane a bit in the Dark Knight Rises trailers, and now Hardy's revealed he actually based the voice on a real person.
On the red carpet at the Dark Knight Rises premiere Monday night, Hardy revealed the man who inspired Bane's accent to be legendary bare-knuckle boxer Bartley Gorman (1944-2002), who claimed to be "the most dangerous unarmed man in the world" and styled himself as "King of the Gypsies."
"The choice of the accent is actually a man called Bartley Gorman, who was a bare-knuckle fighter, Irish Gypsy. A Romani Gypsy. Which I wanted to underpin the Latin, but a Romani Latin opposed to Latino. His particular accent is very specific, which was a Gypsy accent," Hardy said. "So that's why it was difficult to understand. But once you tune into it, you get it. I hope."
Hardy also talked about the concern surrounding his character's voice, and whether it ever got to him.
"A little bit, but at the same time it was a choice," Hardy said. "It needed clearing up in some forms, but it always going to be difficult getting the sound on the day, which we did. We recorded out of the mask."
In just three days we'll all find out if Hardy's voice work (and that mask) end up paying off. Meanwhile, what do you think of the snippets of Bane's voice that you've heard (and understood) so far?
Watch Hardy's full red-carpet clip below.