Leaked images from highly anticipated blockbusters often arrive without the proper context or explanation. Even when taking that inconvenient truth into account, this shot of Tom Hardy in full costume as Bane from The Dark Knight Rises leaves me scratching my head. I haven’t the foggiest idea as to what Nolan is trying to accomplish here. Bane looks like a street vendor at an open air market in a dystopian sci-fi flick. How is a character like this supposed to fit in to the pseudo-realistic Gotham that Nolan has spent two films establishing? There’s no way of knowing until the completed film is released, but the costume design shown here is just plain baffling.