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DKR Bane2
Appeared in The Dark Knight Rises
Status Deceased
Actor Tom Hardy
"When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die."
―Bane [src]

Bane was a terrorist and mercenary who, due to a severe injury or injury, was forced to constantly wear a mask which relieves the pain said injury/injuries caused, as well as others, with a special anesthetic gas. This, in turn, results in him to be virtually immune to all forms of physical assault until his mask was removed and the pain overwhelms him to the point that he becomes helpless.


The Dark Knight Rises

"I'm Gotham's reckoning."
―Bane [src]

Bane is said to have been born and raised in a cruel place known as "The Pit". There, he met and protected a young Talia al Ghul from the other inmates after they killed her mother. Sometime later, Bane would later assist Talia in escaping "The Pit". However, the act of protecting her from the inmates as she climbed the wall would later result in Bane to receive a wound that caused him continuous and terrible pain.

Later on, Bane would be rescued by the League of Shadows led by Talia's father, Ra's al Ghul, and given a special mask that relieves him of his pain. Both Bane and Talia would later be trained together by Ra's al Ghul before he was excommunicated from the order as, despite saving his daughter's life, Bane was also a constant reminder of the place that forever took away his beloved wife.

Years after his excommunication and Ra's's death, Bane and Talia began a plan to fully destroy Gotham, both metaphorically and physically. Talia disguised herself as Wayne Enterprise executive Miranda Tate while Bane executed their plans publically. First, they capture renowned nuclear physicist Dr. Leonid Pavel to help arm a clean fusion reactor that could be turned into a nuclear bomb.

Afterwards, Bane drives Bruce Wayne into bankruptcy as to ruin the elite's image and thus give Talia power over the company, allowing Bane access to the reactor core they will use later. Bane then makes cat burglar Selina Kyle lure Batman to him in the sewers.

There, Bane reveals his plans, that he knows Batman's true identity, and breaks his back, crippling him. Bane then places Wayne in an inescapable prison before causing a revolution to rise against Gotham's rich.



Behind the scenes

  • Before being revealed to be playing Bane, Tom Hardy was rumored to be playing The Riddler, Hugo Strange, Deadshot, Black Mask and Harvey Bullock.
  • To prepare for his role as Bane, Tom Hardy gained 30 pounds in weight, and studied various fighting styles to use in the film.
  • In the prologue for The Dark Knight Rises, Hardy's voice has been criticized for being muffled and unintelligible, due to the mask that he wears. Director Christopher Nolan stated that some slight alterations would be done during post production to fix the clarity of Bane's speech.
  • Costume designer Lindy Hemming revealed that Bane's mask keeps him alive! "[Bane] was injured early in his story. He's suffering from pain and needs gas to survive...He can't survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at his back, where there are two canisters."


  • There are several differences between Bane in the comics and in the movie. In the comics, Bane uses Venom, a drug which greatly increases his muscle mass and physical attributes, which is in small canisters attached to his back; in the film, Bane uses anesthesia which stops him feeling pain. Also, in the comics, Bane is South American; in the movie he speaks with a hybrid British-Gypsy accent.
  • One similarity between Bane in this movie and his appearance in Batman & Robin is that both work with a female antagonist. In Batman & Robin, he works for Poison Ivy thanks to her seduction techniques; in The Dark Knight Rises, he forms a partnership with Talia al Ghul after the death of her father, Ra's al Ghul.


The Dark Knight Rises


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