Re: 8 years of no Batman or Bruce Wayne, and NO ONE could pick up the trend?
Hardy was hamming it up under that mask. The voice, the expressions, it was as over the top as a mustache twirling villain gets. In fact, is there any evidence that he even took the role seriously? Not saying that every thing needs to be taken "seriously" but I doubt he thinks highly of his portrayal as Bane. There's little to no input other than, "when Nolan calls you, you don't say no".
Anyone could have done what he had done, no? He's acted in better performances, Bane is nothing to write home about.