‘The Dark Knight Rises’: Tom Hardy Had to Wear Platform Boots to Appear the Same Height as Christian Bale
Tom Hardy’s height compared to Christian Bale was an issue in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’
In the comics, the character Bane is notable as being one of Batman’s most monstrous foes despite technically being just a human. He’s frequently portrayed as being well over 7 or 8 feet tall with bulging muscles. Looking at bulk alone, he could be compared to a less green version of Marvel’s Hulk.
The Dark Knight Rises was the third and final entry in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman movies. Closing out the story of Christian Bale‘s Bruce Wayne, it pitted Batman against Tom Hardy‘s take on the supervillain Bane — a hulking and enigmatic man whose strength is matched only by his cunning — who plots to take over Gotham City and “break the Bat.” Hardy’s Bane was one of the standout performances of the film, and it’s something that drew praise from critics and audiences alike, especially when it came to his shocking physical transformation that went with it. While Hardy’s willingness to change himself for a role was never in question, there was one aspect of his body that he unfortunately couldn’t do anything about — his height.
In real life, Hardy’s height is a respectable 5 feet, 9 inches tall, but that still leaves him shorter than Bale, who is 6 feet tall. To even things out, Hardy wore 3-inch platform shoes while in the role of Bane. This let him stand evenly with Bale and fellow star Morgan Freeman, himself over 6 feet tall, as well.
Clearly, Hardy is none of these things as he is a man in real life. While some fans did complain about Hardy not being as unrealistically buff as his comics counterpart, many were satisfied due to his outstanding physicality and the way he carried himself throughout the role. The movie’s producers, however, were more concerned about his height than anything else.
Celebrities are frequently self-conscious about their height
Hardy being made to look taller than reality is nothing new in the world of Hollywood and celebrity. The Guardian has a whole article talking about some notable examples, ranging from Ringo Starr of the Beatles all the way to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Height is something a lot of people are sensitive about, especially men, as being a short man is frequently seen as emasculating. The reverse is typically true for tall women, who (as the article also gives an example of) are frequently made to feel insecure about being taller than men.