Tom Hardy's performance as Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises" has inspired numerous Halloween costumes, cosplays, luchador getups, and even NFL and NHL face masks. Now, techie fans can join the host of other imitators with a 3D-printed Bane mask that is literally "moulded" by the dark.
Rob Martin has created a 3D printable version of the mask, based on original files from designer Elder Renan. Martin's version, available for free on Thingiverse, broke the mask into front and back halves and rotated them to make it easier to 3D print. While users will have to do some work once the mask is printed – Martin recommends connecting the halves with elastic and adding some padding – the design is free and the files published under Creative Commons, so users can modify as they wish.
Though there are no plans for Bane to appear in the upcoming "Justice League" film, Hardy has stated that he would be open to returning to the DC film universe. He joked that his character would weigh in on the Batman-Superman debate by "hold[ing] the pair of them under the water until the bubbles stop.”