First Pic from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Arises!

Plus, who's been added to the cast?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

The Dark Knight Rises has only just started production, but already we've been treated to a great still from what director Christopher Nolan promises will be the last film in his revolutionary franchise. And it's a real treat, too… a still of Tom Hardy as Bane, the most "Huh?"-worthy villain in Nolan's series yet. Presumably they released this still to make us all forget about that other Bane from Joel Schumacher's ill-fated Batman and Robin. It worked. It looks moody and scary as hell. It doesn't appear that this version of Bane fits the traditional Luchadore mold. This time out his mask appears to be something more of the Hannibal Lector variety. Scary as hell, Chris. Keep up the good work. The picture was originally unlocked via the official Dark Knight Rises website, which also features an ominous musical clip. Click over to that site to check it out.

In additional Dark Knight Rises news, ReelzChannel reports that Matthew Modine of Full Metal Jacket fame has joined the cast as a character known only as 'Nixon.' He joins Tom Conti, Alon Aboutboul and child singer/actor Joey King in the latest spate of casting news. No news yet on which characters they will be playing, but if it's newsworthy we'll be back with more details.

Crave Online will return with more Dark Knight Rises news. Every damned day, apparently.