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The news that Tom Hardy—best known for playing mumble-mouthed Batman villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises—would be playing Elton John in the film Rocketman gave the Internet joke factory a lot to work with. 

Hardy had been reported to be up for the part by the likes of Drew McWeeny at HitFix, but Focus Features confirmed today that the muscular actor would indeed be playing the singer-songwriter.  And the jokes flew on Twitter. 

Variations of "Benny and the Jets"—replaced by Bane, obviously—jokes emerged, regardless of proper spelling: 

The hashtag #EltonBane—seemingly started by Zap2it's Rick Porter—began spewing Elton John lyrics in the style of the grumbly-voiced baddie. 

And one Twitter user found the perfect photos to convince us of the casting. 

There was also outrage, confusion, and glee over the announcement. Of course, Hardy, though best known for playing Bane and other tough guys, has a wide variety of credits. Though he'll have to, perhaps, muscle down for the part, he'll likely have an interesting take. Hey, we live in a world where Gordon Gekko played Liberace. 

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