A new image is making waves online from Christopher Nolan’s new film The Dark Knight Rises. It showcases Tom Hardy as Bane. And he looks threatening.

People speculate that Bane in this movie is an intellectual steroid freak, who uses a variation of the fear toxin from the previous films to become absolutely fearless in his pursuits. It’d follow the more “realistic” approach Nolan is going for.

The Dark Knight Rises comes out July 20, 2012.

I simply cannot wait.