The countdown to THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, the highly anticipated third entry in Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy, kicked off today with a new site, which thus far contains ominous chanting. The site was linked to via a Twitter account, @TheFireRises, which sends you to a page where you can upload your Twitter or Facebook avatar to help collate a collage of an image of Tom Hardy as Bane, one of the villains in the movie.

Got that?

Themes of how individuals together can form a whole stronger than the sum of their parts, the role of the individual and isolation, then. Yeah sounds about right.

Of course, clever bloggers already figured out the image, which is going around every website in town.

And you know what we always say: Tom Hardy, yes! We’ve attached what appears to be the hi-res image. Clickee for biggee!