Bane's Strength In The Dark Knight Rises

Did The Dark Knight Rises have a very strong Bane? Click the jump to see just how strong he seemed to be via three instances in the film that showed his strength...

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By Hybrid0027 - 8/23/2012
Hello CBM users, Hybrid here looking at Bane's strength in The Dark Knight Rises as many viewers have wondered if Bane was truly a formidable physical force in The Dark knight Rises. To do this, I will examine three instances in The Dark Knight Rises that caught my attention in regards to showing Bane's strength (they are not chronologically ordered).

1) Bane Breaks The Pillar/Column In The Second Bane vs Batman Fight Scene:

Near the end of the film, Batman disconnected the tubes on Bane's mask which fed him the painkillers. When this happened Bane started going into a fierce punching spree, in the process breaking a chunk off of a column/pillar without injury. After some research I came to the conclusion that it was most likely constructed of concrete instead of limestone or marble. A tool usually used to break concrete is a jack hammer, which on average generates at least 1,000 lbs of force per square inch while basic concrete has the durability to take around 3,000 lbs of force per square inch before breaking. After doing some math and more research....the average male adult hand is 4.3405483333333 square inches which means if it were a jack hammer tip it could generate about 4340.54833333 lbs of force, easily enough to break basic concrete. That means that Bane has the ability to punch with the force of a jack hammer, impressive.

2) Bane Breaks Batman's Mask/Helmet:

During the first fight scene between Bane and Batman Batman got horribly beaten, one thing that happened though that interested me was Bane (seemingly without trouble) breaking Batman's mask/helmet. The material used for the mask/helmet is said to be like a premium motorcycle helmet, which would be plastic with most likely a kevlar reinforcement. so to break one of those he would most likely have to at least generate 290-300 Gs of force, for modern reinforced helmets. I would say that makes Bane a very strong individual.

3) Bane Lifts Over His Head Batman In Full Gear:

After Bane wrecks Batman in their first fight, Bane puts the icing on the cake, (at least for the comic fans), which was him breaking Batman's back, seemingly with little effort. To do this though, Bane first fully lift Batman up from the ground to above his head. For Bane to do this, he would have to be able to lift 210 lbs (Bale's weight for the film) plus about 40-60 lbs due to the suit and gear Batman is wearing/carrying. That means Bane could almost effortlessly lift 250-270 lbs from the ground to above his head with his arms fully extended, with little effort.

Overall, this shows Bane is a truly strong foe in The Dark Knight Rises and hopefully this can put to rest people doubting Bane's strength in the film.

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marvelstudios - 8/23/2012, 10:22 AM
Captain America would beat the crap out him.

BTW good write up. Main reason I enjoyed TDKR is because of bane.
CPBuff22 - 8/23/2012, 11:50 AM
I assumed the mask was just one from the first batch from Batman Begins.
Marveluffugus - 8/23/2012, 12:16 PM
Bane is the shiz.
Marveluffugus - 8/23/2012, 12:17 PM
Btw seen the movie 12x...Going for a 13th this weekend.
marvel72 - 8/23/2012, 12:35 PM
@ yossarian

never looked at it that way,you're spot on with that.

@ marveluffugus

nothing else showing at your local theatre,whatever floats your boat but i would rather see a different film each time i went to the cinema & not the same one 13 times.
SimyJo - 8/23/2012, 1:04 PM
@Hybrid0027:

"After some research I came to the conclusion that it was most likely constructed of concrete instead of limestone or marble. A tool usually used to break concrete is a jack hammer, which on average generates at least 1,000 lbs of force per square inch while basic concrete has the durability to take around 3,000 lbs of force per square inch before breaking. After doing some math and more research....the average male adult hand is 4.3405483333333 square inches which means if it were a jack hammer tip it could generate about 4340.54833333 lbs of force, easily enough to break basic concrete. That means that Bane has the ability to punch with the force of a jack hammer, impressive".

No offence Hybrid0027, but I do feel like this is deeply flawed logic. Bone is very strong yes, but its strength is in its unique self-repairing honeycomb construction and stress and weight-bearing properties. That is far removed from saying that the human hand could punch a chunk out of a concrete column.

Bone is strong yes. Scientists have taken a cubic centimeter of it and put it under an industrial press that measured resistance, and also done the same with a cubic centimeter of concrete. The bone was far stronger due to its internal honeycomb construction. But thats far from saying that bone would perform the same when stressed in different ways like impact or pressured-twisting. There are of course many instances of people steping off a curb wrong and with only their bodyweight, fracturing or breaking ankles or legs.

Your jackhammer-technology analogy does not take into account that the technolgy also uses the force generated by hydralics concentrated into a relatively thin point and into a material that is much harder.

A fist is also many times the surface area of a jackhammer tip, with honeycombed bone a much less dense a material and swung with far less force than hydralics muster,(even if he is very strong for a Human) would in no way be able to generate the same amount of force in a swing and would not be able to punch a chunk out of a concrete column.

In my youth I punched a bedroom wall in anger, with all of my strength, and all of my fury. Believe you me - the brick wall didn't move. I forget what I was angry about way back then, but apparently on an x-ray for a later injury 12+ years later they found I had fractured a bone near my knuckle.
I hadn't felt it at all at the time and apparently it (luckily) healed back together in-place so as to be functionally perfect again.

My point is, EVEN if you don't feel it, bone STILL fractures, still breaks, and its a lot easier to do than in the movies.

This is another one of those examples in Nolan's 'school of realism' (along with Batman gliding and landing without breaking his legs) - that you've got to take with a pinch of salt and relative suspension of disbelief.

Nice try but no sale.
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Boyle360 - 8/23/2012, 1:19 PM
Marveluffugus
Really? 12 times? I call BS, really.
superbatspiderman - 8/23/2012, 2:16 PM
The reason why Bane is so strong is that he feels no pain so he does not hold himself back. If regular people like us were to punch a concrete pillar we would hold ourselves back because we know that it would hurt very bad but Bane doesn't feel anything. He most likely broke his hand doing that but he would never know because he doesn't feel. Also you put in account that he is a very strong human being to begin with he is borderline super human.
MrReese - 8/23/2012, 3:47 PM
Bane was a bad ass nuff said XD
Angelus - 8/23/2012, 4:02 PM
I second MrReese's comment.
AnotherSinisterClone - 8/23/2012, 5:53 PM
if a woman can lift a car off her kid, then a roided out merc can prolly do some of that stuff. Cut off from his oxycotin mask, he was like a rabid animal, could be done. i mean he did rip off a tank door in Warrior.that lil tough guy Tom Hardy is like wolverine
Tainted87 - 8/23/2012, 7:44 PM
Jollem - 8/23/2012, 7:57 PM
oh yeah? well, robert downey stark thought up a metal suit that he didn't make that was as strong as a godlike being. so...yeah :)
limode - 8/23/2012, 8:45 PM
No matter how strong you are, a pillar will break skin and bones.
limode - 8/23/2012, 8:46 PM
p.s. SimyJo's comments are too long to read.
SimyJo - 8/24/2012, 4:41 AM
@limode:

If ya dunt reed ya wunt lurn nuffin. :)
breakUbatman - 8/24/2012, 5:34 AM
SimyJo

I guess Bane will just have to imagine the fracture :)

Loved the one handed choke-hang he pulled on Batman
KingEmperor - 8/26/2012, 11:32 PM
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