TOM HARDY/BANE: FIRST PHOTO FROM ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’

Warner Brothers has kicked off the long viral campaign for their highly anticipated next Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” with the photo of Tom Hardy as evil villain Bane.Director Christopher Nolan’s final chapter of the saga (though he’ll stay on to produce future films) is low on plot details, but rich on stars. Christian Bale, of course, returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and he’ll have Gary Oldman back as Commissioner Gordon on his side.

Now joining them will be Hardy’s “Inception” cast mate Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, a special assignment cop.

Anne Hathaway joins the cast as Selena Kyle/Catwoman, and another “Inception” vet, Marion Cotillard, will play Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises employee.

Josh Pence, body double from “The Social Network,” will show his face as young Ra’s al Ghul.

Christopher Nolan’s final act in the Batman trilogy has just added “Full Metal Jacket” actor Matthew Modine and he’ll be playing a character named “Nixon”.

Also added are Tom Conti and 11-year-old thesp Joey King
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