Tom Hardy was “intimidated” by Batman in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

The British actor admitted Batman – played by Christian Bale – cuts an imposing figure in the last film in the series; but that didn’t stop his character, arch villain Bane, from hitting him back “twice as hard,” as he hit him.

Speaking in the special Batman/Bane January issue of EMPIRE magazine, he said: “He looks really intimidating! There’s a three-year-old in me that’s going, ‘Oh my God that’s Batman! That’s Batman and he’s going to hit me! But I love Batman!’ Then I look in the mirror. And I hit him back. Twice as hard.”

Director Christopher Nolan added that in Bane he’s tried to bring a bad guy to the series who will be the “ultimate physical villain” to take on Batman.

He said: “With Bane, we are looking to give Batman a physical challenge that he hasn’t had before.

“With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.

“Bane’s a very different kind of villain than Batman has faced before in our films. He’s a great sort of movie monster, but with an incredible brain, and that was a side of him that hadn’t been tapped before.

“What Bane represents in the comics is the ultimate physical villain.”

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