Tom Hardy, who played the iconic antagonist Bane in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises", has expressed his desire to reprise the role in DC Comics-based live-action world.
When MTV International asked Hardy, who was promoting his upcoming movie "Legend", whether he would like to play Bane in future DC movies or not, Hardy responded, "Do I want to return to the DC world? Of course. I'm Bane."
He also commented jokingly on taking sides in 2016's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" conflict. "Someone asked me, who would I want to win out in a fight between Superman and Batman. I would like to hold the pair of them under the water until the bubbles stop," he said.
The rumour of Hardy returning to DC movie universe surfaced when in an interview with DC Movie News, Jon Schnepp, director of the documentary "The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened?" said that George Miller will be directing "Man of Steel 2".
Hardy worked with George Miller on this year's hit "Mad Max: Fury Road" and hence, the fans couldn't stop hoping to see Hardy as Bane in future DC movies. However, Miller has not confirmed yet whether he will be directing the sequel to "Man of Steel" or not as so this can be considered a pure speculation.
Logically, it will be a problem for Hardy to make a comeback in any of the DC movies as Bane was shot by Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises".
Apart from it, International Business Times UK reported that even though Nolan is reported to be the executive producer on "Batman v Superman" and the DC Cinematic Universe, the films are set in a world different from his Dark Knight Trilogy. Therefore, if there will be a role of Bane in any of the future movies, it is highly unlikely that Hardy will be offered the role.
However, Hardy almost made it to the DC world when he was confirmed for the role of Rick Flagg in "Suicide Squad". Sadly, he had to leave due to scheduling issues and the part went to Joel Kinnamen. He is also producing and starring in an adaptation of "100 Bullets", which is one of the most acclaimed series from Vertigo, DC's mature readers imprint.
With the superhero movies trending in recent times, the idea can't be completely dropped off and may be with some miracle, we will get to see Hardy as Bane again. Fingers are crossed indeed.
Hardy will play twin roles in his upcoming movie "Legend" that will open on 2 October.