Three year's later, it's clear that Tom Hardy's uniquely memorable portrayal of Bane in 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises" isn't far from many fans' minds. With a recent rumor surfacing that George Miller -- who Hardy worked with on this year's hit "Mad Max: Fury Road" -- may be directing a sequel to "Man of Steel," MTV International asked Hardy, promoting "Legend," if he'd be up for returning to the DC Comics-based live-action world.
Turns out, not only is he up for a return -- well, at least up for joking about a return -- he's made his pick in 2016's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" conflict.
"Do I want to return to the DC world? Of course! I'm Bane," a jovial Hardy responded. "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."
Of course, Hardy nearly did return to the DC world already -- he was originally on board "Suicide Squad" in the role of Rick Flagg, before leaving due to scheduling reasons. (The part went to Joel Kinnaman.) He's also set to produce and star in an adaptation of "100 Bullets," one of the most acclaimed series from DC's mature readers imprint, Vertigo.
Hardy's latest movie, "Legend," sees him in the dual role of identical twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, and opens Oct. 2.