Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

After the cut, explains how hard it was to find this image. Some days it’s safer to stay away from Twitter and bide our time.

Like all good marketing campaigns, the big payoff was revealed only after fans conducted some sleuthing worthy of the Dark Knight himself, and it all started with the launch of an official website at

To the best of my knowledge, here’s how it all went down. Oh, and don’t worry if you can’t keep up ‚Äî it took me a little while to trace the steps, too.

When you go to the aforementioned site (or, you hear a muffled chant that loops continuously. What are they saying? Some early speculation had the crowds shouting something about The League of Shadows, but over at SuperHeroHype, they apparently have the answer.

One of the site’s forum members used an audio editing program to determine that the audio says (in spectrum) “#thefirerises” ‚Äî which eventually led people to Twitter due to the hashtag-looking text.

Once the secret led everyone to Twitter, it was a natural next step to check out the account at — which brought us one step closer to solving the mystery. For every account that follows @TheFireRises, a tiny image is added to the mosaic that was intended to eventually reveal the first image of Tom Hardy as Bane at the following site:

However, some clever fans dove into the source code for the site and uncovered the full, non-mosaic image in all of its glory, giving us our very first peek at how Hardy will appear as Bane!

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