Warner Bros. launched its website for 'The Dark Knight Rises' this morning, and obsessive fans are already poring over what the unusual, minimalist site means.

Head to thedarkknightrises.com and all you'll get is a black page ... and a mysterious sound file of sinister, incoherent chanting. The file is titled "rises" and plays automatically when the page loads. That's it. No release date countdown, no cast photos or bios, no plot synopsis.

However, the enterprising folks at JoBlo have discovered a hidden a teaser image of Tom Hardy as the villain Bane. It starts out as a pixelated image, which then you're prompted to upload to Facebook or Twitter. The artwork is courtesy "our partner Hashtagart.com." When you tweet the image, it apparently fills in the full picture.



Want more secretive coding? A poster on the Superhero Hype message boards deciphered the sound spectrum of the audio message and found what looks like a Twitter hashtag embedded in the .wav file.




Fans have more than a year to wait until 'The Dark Knight Rises' hits theaters; its release date is a distant July 20, 2012.

[JoBlo]