The something-or-other of Batman's existence.
When the character first stepped onto the DC Comics scene in 1993 to much fanfare, he was one bad mamma jamma, very much the equal (or evil mirror) of the caped crusader. The dude snapped Bruce Wayne like a twig and put him in a wheelchair, for crying out loud.
Now, courtesy of another wacky viral game cooked up by studio publicists seeking a flashy debut (mission accomplished!), we are getting our first glimpse at the definitive movie Bane. Warner Bros. has launched the official site for Christopher Nolan's Batman threequel "The Dark Knight Rises" on which is just a black screen with scary chanting. According to ComingSoon, someone ran the audio through a special whiz-a-ma-jig and the spectrum reads "#thefirerises," which led them to Twitter.com/TheFireRises, which led them HERE where the image is gradually being revealed one microscopic brick at a time.
This is still the wild wild west internet, however, so some sweaty hunched-over dude who does algorithms in his sleep already cracked the Da Bane-y Code and now we have the full quality image seen HERE.
What can we tell from the pic? Well, apparently the guy still wears a mask, although it's not quite the Mexican Luchador number he wore in the comics or the, *eh-hem*, previous "bat-man movie" he appeared in directed by that guy whose name rhymes with "chewsmocker." It's possible the super-duper-steroid he uses called Venom is fed to him conveniently through the mask. There's also some revealing bumps running along his spinal column... hmm.
You also may or may not have noticed that Tom Hardy is back in bald and built Bronson-mode (he's freakin' HUGE), and will mos def be bringing some of that psychotic razzle-dazzle he created for his 2008 breakout performance.
Thanks, internet nerds, for breaking your backs to get this pic to the people in record time!