Bane may be Gotham's reckoning, but that doesn't mean he's above reproach.

As noted by Indiewire's Matt Singer, critics and fans have come up with increasingly hilarious ways to describe Bane's speaking voice in "The Dark Knight Rises." Tom Hardy plays the muscle-bound villain in the film, speaking through a mask that restricts his speech -- it's evident that a lot of work was done to Hardy's voice in post-production, as previously rumored -- while also affecting an accent that's quite peculiar. The results are ripe for comic potential.

"Bane sounds like Darth Vader mixed with T-Pain," wrote one Twitter user. Others on the social networking platform compared Hardy's vocal inflections to late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, Count Chocula and "a drunk, elderly Patrick Stewart locked in a cupboard."

Twitterers weren't the only people to get in the act. As Singer notes, many critics took Hardy's Bane voice as a cue to mock Christopher Nolan's super serious Batman finale.

All of which raises the question: Who does Bane sound like? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Head over to Indiewire for the full compliment of Bane-related insults and humor.

[via Indiewire/CriticWire]

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  • Anne Hathaway As Catwoman

  • Christian Bale & Anne Hathaway

  • Tom Hardy As Bane

  • Christian Bale As Batman

  • Tom Hardy as Bane

  • Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate

  • Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox

  • Anne Hathaway

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Gary Oldman

  • Christian Bale & Michael Caine

  • The Tumbler

  • Tom Hardy & Christian Bale

  • Tom Hardy As Bane

  • Christian Bale

  • Christian Bale

  • Christian Bale

  • Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

  • Christopher Nolan

  • Christopher Nolan

  • Anne Hathaway

  • Christopher Nolan

  • Gary Oldman

  • Morgan Freeman & Christian Bale

  • Morgan Freeman

  • Anne Hathaway

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Marion Cotillard

  • Nolan, Freeman, Bale

  • Tom Hardy

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Matthew Modine

  • Tom Hardy

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  • Michael Caine

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