The Dark Knight Rises, the eagerly-anticipated conclusion to director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, will likely make Mr. Hardy a household name. Nolan previously directed the actor in Inception but it looks like Hardy will have a much much bigger role in TDKR, which finds his character facing off against the Caped Crusader.
Anticipation for the final film in this series is high, and Hardy’s performance is likely to be scrutinized in great detail. Remember that the last person to play a villain in a Nolan Batman film was Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for his performance. If this movie is nearly as good (or, dare we say, better) as The Dark Knight, Hardy could have his most high-profile and powerful performances to date.