EDITORIAL: In Defense of Bane In THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
LEVITIKUZ is Bane's defense attorney. I will show you how comic book fans, Batman fans, or any type of fan shouldn't show hatred towards my client's portrayal in the movie The Dark Knight Rises. I have wrote an airtight counterpoint to any type of argument against the character. Let's begin...
Ladies and gentlemen. Friends and colleagues. Comic book nerds and girls. Perverts and heavy drinkers. And also teabag. I am here to defend a man who has been hated on since his film came out. This man is Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. I've prepared an argument to shows how the portrayal and influence of Bane wasn't bad like how some people bitch about. Comic book fans always complain about characters when they aren't based off the comics. Many have complained just about everything with Banes but what I don't believe is that Bane sucked. I have gather evidence to support my client that the hatred for him is unjust. I would like to start with some background of Bane in the comics. Let’s begin.
In the comics, Bane was born in the Caribbean Republic of Santa Prisca in a prison called Peña Dura. His father had been a revolutionary mercenary who had escaped Santa Prisca's court system. The corrupt government, however, decreed that his young son would serve out the man's life sentence, and thus Bane's childhood and early adult life were spent in the amoral penitentiary environment. Though he was imprisoned, his natural abilities allowed him to develop extraordinary skills within the prison's walls. He read as many books as he could get his hands on, built up his body in the prison's gym, and learned to fight in the merciless school of prison life. Because of the cultural and supposed geographical location of Santa Prisca, Bane knew how to speak English, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin. He ultimately established himself as the "king" of Peña Dura prison. The prison's controllers took note and eventually forced him to become a test subject for a mysterious drug known as Venom which had killed all other subjects. The Peña Dura prison Venom experiment nearly killed Bane at first, but he survived and found that the drug vastly increases his physical strength, although he needs to take it every 12 hours (via a system of tubes pumped directly into his brain) or he will suffer debilitating side-effects. Bane escapes Peña Dura, along with several accomplices. His ambition turns to destroying Batman, about whom he had heard stories while an inmate. Gotham fascinates Bane because, like Peña Dura, fear rules Gotham - but it is the fear of the Batman. Aware that a direct assault on Batman would be foolish, Bane instead destroys the walls of Arkham Asylum—allowing its deranged inmates (including the Joker, Two-Face, Riddler and many others) to escape into Gotham City. Batman is forced to recapture the escapees, a mission that takes him three months. Having run himself to exhaustion in the process of completing this mission, Batman returns to Wayne Manor where he finds Bane waiting for him (having previously determined his secret identity). After a brief explanation of his obsession to destroy him, Bane attacks Batman, first in the manor and soon the two tumble into the Batcave below where Bane continues his assault on the detective, toying with him throughout. Completely burned out, with no power, speed or timing Bane delivers the final blow: by raising the Batman up and throwing him down upon his knee breaking his back, leaving him a paraplegic. Bane thus becomes the only man to have "Broken the Bat".
Now let’s look at what Bane is like in the media. In Batman The Animated Series, Bane was introduced in the episode “Bane”. Bane is a professional assassin hired by Rupert Thorne to assassinate Batman. Bane accepts the job and aid in his own aspiration to take over Gotham afterward. Batman discovers that prior to becoming an assassin, Bane had been interred at a prison in Cuba, where he was experimented upon with the Venom chemical. We see Bane use both his brains and brawn in the episode. Bane kidnaps Robin, forcing Batman to confront Bane to save Robin from drowning. During the battle, Bane attempts to break Batman's back, but Batman causes Bane's Venom pump module to malfunction with a batarang, resulting in a rapid and uncontrollable feed of the drug which severely increases his heart rate. Batman then disabled the pump module, stopping the flow of Venom and causing Bane to pass out. In the episode "Over the Edge"; after the death of Barbara Gordon, Jim Gordon breaks out Bane and hires him to take out Batman. It was revealed that this whole story was a nightmare Scarecrow gave Batgirl and really didn’t happen. In the canon animated movie Batman: Mystery of The Batwoman, Bane is hired by Rupert Thorne, Penguin, & Carlton Duquesne to take out Batwoman. In the animated series, The Batman, Bane is a South American mercenary seen possessing an athletic body before pumping himself with Venom. To access this, he turns a control on his right hand which pumps the serum into his body. After doing so, he transforms into a huge hulking brute with red and black skin. In the episode "Traction," Bane was hired by three crime bosses to eliminate Batman. Batman defeated Bane but in a rematch, Bane defeated Bane. In the film, Batman & Robin, Bane is a skinny serial killer serving life in prison. Bane is transformed into Bane by a mad scientist Dr. Jason Woodru using an experimental drug called "Venom". Rather than being the devious, intelligent villain of the comics, this version is an inarticulate thug who serves as the bodyguard/henchman and assistant of Poison Ivy. Bane is barely capable of speech and uses growls and roars for most of his communication. Despite this, however, he is still muscular, wears a slight variation of his classic mask, and is still superhumanly strong; easily overpowering various thugs, police officers, and holding his own against both Batman and Robin in hand-to-hand combat.
Now after showing you Bane in the comics and in the media, let’s look at Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Bane spent much of his life incarcerated in a foreign penitentiary known only as the Pit. According to the book, The Dark Knight Rises: The Secret Files Scrapbook; Bane was reportedly born and raised in the Pit. Bane became the friend and protector of Talia whose mother gave birth to her in Pit. After her mother is killed by the prison's crazed inmates, Bane raises and protects her for several years after which he aids the girl in climbing out of the Pit. While helping her escape, Bane was attacked and severely injured by the other inmates leaving Bane near death. The penitentiary's resident doctor attempted to heal his injuries, but despite his efforts Bane ended up in a state of constant pain. The mask, crafted following Bane's release, provides him with a constant stream of analgesic gas, allowing him to function. Bane was rescued by Ra’s al Ghul who subsequently recruited him into the League of Shadows for protecting Talia during their time in the Pit. He was revealed to have been excommunicated because he reminded Ra's of the pain he had left his wife and daughter to endure there led him to believe he was expelled for being too extreme, even for the draconian League. With Ra's dead, Bane and Talia assumed control of the League, setting to carry out what Ra's wanted: Gotham destroyed. Bane worked with Wayne Enterprises rival John Daggett. Bane secretly arrives in Gotham, setting up a base of operations in its sewers and staging an attack on the Gotham stock exchange. In the fight with Bane, Bane violently dominates Batman in combat and mocks Batman's tactics. He reveals that his base is located directly underneath Wayne Enterprises' armory, with full access to the facilities, and finishes the fight by breaking Batman's back. Now I think that is enough data on Bane to support my argument.
It’s clear that Bane’s origin in Rises for the most part was like the comics. Bane was born in a prison and spent his life there. Also in the comics, Bane is very intelligent. There are many scenes in the film where we see Bane’s intelligence. Also in the film, we saw the one thing that stands out with Bane. THE FACT HE BROKE THE BAT!!! You can’t tell me Nolan doesn’t respect the comics after including that scene. No of us thought we would see Bane break the Bat in the film. Maybe severely injury Batman or break is leg since we saw him with a cane but not lift him over his head and break him. Bane also had ties to the League of Shadows and Ra’s in the film as Bane did in the comics.
Many say they dislike Bane due to no Venom. Personally I don’t understand the use of Venom. Why would you give someone something that makes him stronger, even though without it he is stronger than Batman? It doesn’t make sense to me. It’s like giving Michael Jordan more talent in his prime. Without giving Jordan the addition talent, he is still the best NBA player of all time when he was in his prime. Without giving Bane the Venom, he is still stronger than Batman is. Venom is overkill so why do you need it? It makes people think Bane will mostly rely on that and not his brains when in the comics, he is very smart.
People say they dislike Bane because he is not of Latino descent and he was in the comics. I say, who gives a shit. Don’t know about all of you and I’m not hating nor calling anyone out but my momma raised me to be colorblind. I don’t care about people’s race or nationality because I don’t look or judge a person because of that. But I cannot use that as a reason to defend Bane so I’m going to give you guys some facts. Harvey Dent, who is a white character, was played by Billy Dee Williams in 1989’s Batman. Billy Dee is black. Even though the race isn’t right, Billy Dee still gave a good performance as Harvey Dent and was love. The Kingpin, who is a white character, was played by the late great Michael Clarke Duncan in the film Daredevil. Duncan is black. Even though the race once again isn’t right, MCD gave a great performance as the Kingpin that was loved by fans and he later on voiced the Kingpin in a Spider-Man cartoon. Dr. Octopus, who is a white character in the comics, and he was played by Alfred Molina in Spider-Man 2. Alfred Molina is of Spanish and Italian descent. He gave a great performance as Doc Ock even though the descent isn’t right. Now someone might say that “these characters are all white. You don’t see a character from another race or descent other than white being changed.” WRONG!!! Ken Watanabe played the fake Ra’s in Batman Begins. Ra’s is of Middle Eastern descent and Ken is Asian. Ken played a great Ra’s despite this. In the same film, Liam Neeson played the real Ra’s. Now as I said, Ra’s is of Middle Eastern descent. Liam is Irish and still played and gave a great performance as Ra’s. Many characters have changed race and descent in films compared to the comics.
Some people say Bane is nothing but a henchmen saying it was Talia’s plan to destroy Gotham and Bane helped her. Even if this is true, why are we criticizing Bane in this movie for being a henchman? In just about all his animated appearances he was a henchman and yet no one will criticize Batman: The Animated Series for having Bane as a henchman but they will hate on The Dark Knight Rises for it. I’m not hating on Batman: The Animated Series but it’s true that Bane was portrayed as a henchmen throughout the series. He would hired by Thorne, Penguin, and Jim Gordon. He was even a henchmen in The Batman hired to take out Batman. Why do we have a double standard? Even you’re going to hate on The Dark Knight Rises for Bane being a henchmen then you have to hate on Batman: The Animated Series for their portrayal of Bane because their Bane was also a henchmen.
People will hate on Bane’s size and the face they didn’t use the mask from the comics. Bane in the film may not have been as big as previous Bane’s but he was still big. Tom Hardy gained 30 pounds of muscle for the role and increased his weight to 198 pounds. Some people say that Bane looks small; I say do you have a body like Hardy? Most likely not so why hate? Bane had a V shaped vest on as he does in the comics. Now defending the mask. Let’s be honest, why would anyone see a film where you don’t see the character’s face at all? Bane’s mask covers his face in the comics and Bane doesn’t take it off. In some designs they had ideas of portrayal it like the comics but in the end, the mask they choose was the right one. You need to see the emotion in a character in the movie and having a mask covering Bane’s face wont display his emotion.
My last point is what Bane's creators think. Bane was created by Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and Graham Nolan. In interviews they have said this about Bane in The Dark Knight Rises:
Josh Wilding: Can you tell us what you think of Tom Hardy playing Bane in The Dark Knight Rises?
He's a great actor and I look forward to seeing him as Bane. From the comments he and Christopher Nolan have made about Bane's character, it sounds like they "get" it.
Josh Wilding: As in his previous Batman films, director Christopher Nolan has gone for a slightly more realistic take on Bane's appearance. What do you think of the design?
I'm not as concerned with his "look" as I am in his character. Most comic characters looks have to be changed for film because what may look cool in a comic doesn't always translate to the real world of film.
"Apparently, Warner Bros. was pressuring Nolan to use the Riddler, which would have been too similar to the Joker," Dixon continued. "Plus, the Riddler, like the Joker and so many of Batman's villains, is no challenge against him in a mano-a-mano fistfight. Batman will wipe the floor with him in that situation.
I am beyond glad that Nolan had the juice in Hollywood to stick to his guns," he added. "From interviews I've seen, it's clear he understands the character and he gets what we were going for. It's not exactly what I created, but he's physically imposing and Tom Hardy is one hell of an actor. I can't imagine Bane being better portrayed."
Chuck Dixon: Well, I know more from the interviews with Christopher Nolan than I do from the little I've seen of the movie. Nolan has read and appreciated the comics featuring Bane and clearly intends to make him what he was created to be: Batman's intellectual and physical equal. My biggest fear was that he would be portrayed as a musclebound thug rather than a musclebound criminal genius. It also helps that actor with Tom Hardy's talent will be playing him.
As fans all we can do is like the character but for creators it's different. They created the character and saw him destroyed in Batman & Robin. It's clearly the creators co-sign and like what Nolan did with Bane. If the creators, who's opinion really matters about the character, like what how the character is then why can't we? We don't have the bond to the character they do and they like it.
I don’t think I can defend the voice but if that’s the only thing I can’t defend and that will be your reason to hate Bane because of that then you’re just picky. I leave it in your hands. What do you think? Do you see and agree with my viewpoints in defending Bane or do you disagree? I leave it in the hands of the jury.
I rest my case.
Filed Under "Batman
: This article was submitted by a volunteer contributor who has agreed to our code of conduct
. ComicBookMovie.com is protected from liability under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and "safe harbor" provisions. CBM will disable users who knowingly commit plagiarism, piracy, trademark or copyright infringement. Please contact us
for expeditious removal of copyrighted/trademarked content. You may also learn more about our copyright and trademark policies HERE