Will Bane be in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’?

Update 01/19/11: Yes! Tom Hardy will play Bane, and Anne Hathaway is Selina Kyle. Check out the official press release here.

The Riddler, Catwoman, Killer Croc, and Hugo Strange have all been rumored as possible villains in The Dark Knight Rises. This past week a new name has popped up, one that we’ve seen on film before. Jett on his private BOF message board has been hinting that Bane may show up in The Dark Knight Rises. The last time we saw Bane on screen was in 1997’s Batman & Robin. If Bane is a character in The Dark Knight Rises, I think it’s safe to assume he won’t be anything like what we saw back in 1997. Yes, Bane is one of Batman’s most physical opponents, but he’s also one of the most intelligent (something that Batman & Robin never touched on).

So what do you guys think? Would you like to see Bane in The Dark Knight Rises? Fans online are already talking about how Bane would fit Christopher Nolan’s story. Some say he may be hired by the Gotham police to take Batman down, while others speculate that he might have been a member of the League of Shadows — sent to Gotham by Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter Talia to get revenge on Batman for her father’s death. Let your voice be heard in the poll and talk about your own theories in the comments.