It was a sensational performance, to be fair.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) faced the daunting challenge of carrying on the legacy of Heath Ledger's Academy award-winning performance in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, (2008) widely regarded as one of the greatest movies in history.
Despite the monumental challenge, we firmly believe Tom Hardy portrayed a fairly intimidating figure as Bane, doing as great a job as anybody could have done after the benchmark set by Joker.
But the renowned director feels people don't give Hardy enough respect for the role, as he lauded the star during an interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
There's no safety net for any of these guys and Tom, I mean... what he did with that character has yet to be fully appreciated. It's an extraordinary performance, and truly amazing.
The Tenet director added,
The voice, the relationship between just seeing the eyes and the brow. We had all these discussions about the mask and what it would reveal and what it wouldn't reveal, and one of the things I remember him saying to me, he sort of put his finger up to his temple and his eyebrow and said, 'Can you give me this to play with? Let people see this.'
Sure enough, you see there in the film, this kind of Brando-esque brow, expressing all kinds of just monstrous things. It's really quite a performance.
Hardy, though, claimed the performance was based on Nolan himself, something the Tenet director says he doesn't agree with.
Recently, it was revealed Hardy will be a part of Bill Skarsgård's IT and Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson in a brand-new Vietnam War film, The Things They Carried.
In the meantime, Nolan is making it pretty clear he is not pleased with Warner Bros' release of his 2021 films on the streaming platform alongside theatrical shows.