The first official image of a character has come to light, but only after some detective work by a fan. Here's what happened:
On the film’s official website at www.thedarkknightrises.com there was a black image with some kinda strange chanting. A fan was able to look at the visual spectrum of that audio file and in it was… a Twitter Hashtag!!! This is what the visual spectrum of the chanting looked like, revealing the original hashtag.
The hashtag, #thefirerises, when tweeted, slowly revealed, pixel by pixel, a blurred image on the site that looked like this:
It appears the fan has cracked the first code. It’s still being filled in with tweets but, once it’s done, this will be the full image:
It's the first official image of Bane played by Thomas Hardy! This is sure to be the first of many codes that will need breaking so stay tuned batfans...