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Antonio Diego
Alias(es) Bane
Bane of Humanity
Appeared in Batman & Robin
Status Deceased
Actor Michael Reid McKay
Robert Swenson
"I call this little number... Bane."
―Jason Woodrue[src]

Antonio Diego is the criminal that turns into the villain Bane. Bane is an enemy of Batman and Robin. Bane is also the partner of Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze.


Batman & Robin[]

Antonio Diego was a prisoner in the South-American jail of Pena Duro. He was forced to be the test subject for the drug named Venom and was Dr. Jason Woodrue's first successful subject. Diego was strapped down in front of a large audience to an operating table, where overdoses of venom were purposely forced into his brain. Originally, Diego was small and helpless, but when the Venom started to take effect, he turned into a savage and large fighting machine.

After Dr. Pamela Isley became Poison Ivy, she took the newly-christened Bane with her to Gotham City to act as her enforcer. Bane helped scare the Golums from their hangout, and to retrieve Mr. Freeze's suit from Arkham Asylum's prisoner storage locker.

Bane lost to Robin and Batgirl when they turned him back to his normal self by kicking the tube that pumped Venom to his body off, ripping it from his neck. When Mr. Freeze attempted to kill Batman by destroying the Gotham Telescope Platform, he only succeeded in crushing the weakened Bane.



Behind the scenes[]

  • Kane Hodder was Joel Schumacher's first choice for Bane, until he chose Jeep Swenson for his height at 6'4.
  • Jeep Swenson was chosen to play Bane after the stuntmen on Batman Returns recommended him. Joel Schumacher said, "I think he had the biggest biceps on record at the time. He was a sweet guy with a young family."


  • In the comics, Bane's true identity remains a mystery. "Antonio Diego" was created specifically for Batman & Robin.
  • Jeep Swenson died two months after the film's release.


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