Indiewire‘s Amy Dawes attended last night’s Dark Knight Rises prologue IMAX press screening, and has this to say about the big-screen debut of Tom Hardy‘s Bane character: “You’d have to know in advance [that] the villain was Hardy, given that he’s muscled up and puffed up, has a shaved head, and wears a disturbing-looking gas mask that hides all his features save his eyes – kind of a Hannibal Lecter hockey mask-look on steroids.”

On top of which Hardy’s “voice behind the mask is metallic and muffled — another cause for concern.”

The effect, says Dawes, “is more likely to appeal to S&M fetishists than to anyone who hopes to gaze upon the physically blessed actor, who also appeared in Nolan’s most recent movie, Inception.”