Full agreement, obviously. If I wanted to give character examples of why Hardy is a great actor, Bane would NOT be one of them. Like I mentioned before (and I see you have now too), he was totally channeling his Star Treck nemesis character with Bane. That almost cliched, over the top villain. It's most definitely hammy, and while I can't say for certain, I'd say it was intentional on Hardy's part. "Phoned in" is too extreme, but I would say he simply had some carefree fun with the performance and didn't take it too seriously. Which isn't a bad thing in my opinion. Just call a spade a spade though. If I switch gears and get into a certain mind set, I can definitely get humor, fun and "lolz" out of the performance. As soon as someone tries to get me to take Bane seriously and don't admit the character in the movie is this, hammy, exaggerated mustache twirler, then I tend to get extremely cynical.