Let’s talk about Bane. As I sit here, rewatching The Dark Knight Rises with a friend who hasn’t seen it, I started to explain to her all of the different incarnations of Bane that we’ve seen over the years. We’ve seen The Man Who Broke The Bat in the DC comics, we’ve cringed at a mentally challenged Bane from Batman and Robin as well as various other incarnations. We’ll be observing some of these incarnations today.
The image above is Bane from the newest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Tom Hardy plays, by far, my favorite incarnation of this particular villain. He is the disfigured, keenly intelligent head of the League of Shadows. Once excommunicated by the League, he returned to claim it’s leadership after the death of Ra’s Al Ghul in Batman Begins. We are given some backstory for him throughout DKR’s storyline. He was born in a prison known as The Pit, the worst hell on Earth. Once he left the prison with the League, he trained with them before he was excommunicated. Evidently in the meantime, he became an infamous mercenary, known for the mask he wears to, essentially, hold his lower face together. When he returned, to lead the League, he led them to Gotham in order to “fulfill Ra’s Al Ghul’s destiny”.
Wow. Really, I could rant about this one. This is Bane from Tim Burton’s rendition of Batman and Robin. This film demolished Bane as a character, destroying any seriousness or headway he had made in the course of the comic book series. In Batman and Robin, Bane barely speaks. He communicates in grunts and moans for the majority of the film and is a victim of the steroid-like serum being pumped through his body at the will of Poison Ivy. It is a truly disastrous thing to witness. If anything, it’s ne to watch just for a comparison to other versions of characters like Poison Ivy, Bane and Robin. Providing you can sit through the whole thing.
This is Bane from the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. The video game is the predecessor for the later, Batman: Arkham City. Bane’s game background, as according to Batman Wiki is this.
Bane was denied any hope for a normal life when he was forced to rot away within a foreign prison as a child for a crime his father committed. Since his father died before his sentence was completed, Bane was forced to take his place in the prison, where he was subjected to military experiments. Among these experiments came Bane’s dependence on the chemical agent, Venom, which granted him incredible strength and adrenaline.
Bane ends up as a pawn of the Joker in Arkham City and joins forces with Batman for a short time.
This is the Bane from Batman: The Animated Series, my second favorite version of him. In the Animated Series, he speaks in a manner that is peculiarly polite for a man trying to murder someone, fiercely intelligent but holding to the serum-use to point of addiction that has followed Bane’s incarnations up until the Dark Knight Rises. I’m not sure where he got the BDSM dog collar though…Artistic liberties, I suppose.
Well this is where I leave you. Unfortunately, I can’t fit all of the awesome incarnations into a blog. A book, maybe, lol. As I watch the ending of this amazing movie, I just felt the need to share my love of his character past, present, and hopefully future. Bane, I salute you, sir.
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