Bane: A Film to Comic Comparison

A comparison of what we've seen/know of Nolan's Bane, to the Bane from Detective Comics

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By Christuffer - 1/8/2012
I've done an article about Bane in TDKR before, but now that we have seen sooooo much more...well, I feel it needs to be rehashed. What I'm about to show you here may or may not phase you. If it doesn't, please feel free to roll on with ya bad self. If this sparks a little thought inside you, then hey, penny for your thoughts!

What I've done is taken the Wikipedia summary of the series in Detective Comics where Bane "broke the Bat", and I've done what's called "annotating". It's something they teach you in college and advanced English classes in general. I've replaced some words and added in some notes to the following paragraphs to hopefully connect some dots between the source material and Nolan's upcoming film. These findings are most likely credible because Nolan has great respect for the source material (See: previous movies).

Without further ado:

Soon after the initial experiments, Bane escapes Peña Dura, [the shooting we heard about a looooong time ago with Nolan and team being in an “exotic” place] along with several accomplices based on the Fabulous Five (his friends Trogg, Zombie, and Bird, all of whom are named after 1960s rock bands: The Troggs, The Zombies, and The Byrds, and were designed to mimic three of Doc Savage's assistants Monk, Ham, and Renny). [This part is negligent]. His ambition turns to destroying Batman, about whom he had heard stories while an inmate. He is fascinated with Gotham City because, like the prison, it is a place where fear rules—but in Gotham, it is the fear of Batman. Bane is convinced that the demonic bat that haunted his dreams since childhood is a representation of the Batman. Therefore, he also believes that fate has placed the two on a collision course. [If you would remember from 'Begins', fear was a major symbol in Bruce's training. It was used by Al Ghul as a training mechanism. This is a huge open door for the “Ghul” thing to happen. This includes Talia and whoever may show up. Don't forget, we saw the reported scene where Bane is crawling up a well. This could be a reference to Bane's demonic bat. Plus, remember that silly thing a while back where somebody said “Oh hey here's a new picture of Arkham Asylum from the new Batman movie”? Yeah...beginning of next paragraph.]

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, Mr Freeze, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Ventriloquist, Firefly, Cavalier, and Victor Zsasz) to escape into Gotham City. [Delete all from that list except for Scarecrow. We all know Two-Face is dead, and Joker will not be seen again, sadly.] Consequently, Batman has to spend the next three months rounding up the escapees. Having run himself to exhaustion in the process of after completing this mission, Batman returns to Wayne Manor where Bane ambushes him (having previously determined his secret identity). Bane attacks Batman in the Batcave, defeats him, and delivers the final blow: breaking Batman's back, leaving him a paraplegic. Bane thus becomes the only man to have "Broken the Bat". [Remember the poster where we see the broken Batman mask? That just screams everything in this paragraph. Bane breaks the bat, figures out his identity, blah blah blah. Do I really need to explain it?]


While Bane establishes himself as the new ruler of Gotham's criminal underworld, Bruce Wayne passes the mantle of Batman to Jean-Paul Valley, also known as Azrael [We can assume JGL is taking this role. He will NOT be Azrael or Valley.] As the successor/'new' Batman, however, Jean-Paul [JGL] grows increasingly violent and ruthless, allowing the villain Abattoir to fall to his death [Who the hell is Abattoir? Probably won't make an appearance]. Valley also refuses to recognize Robin as his partner [This is where Catwoman comes in. Don't forget, she was also in 'The Long Halloween', which Nolan reportedly based TDK from]. Using a sophisticated, armored combat suit in place of the traditional Batman uniform, Valley fights and defeats Bane at the end of the Knightfall arc, severing the tubes that pump Venom into his bloodstream, causing severe withdrawal. Valley then viciously beats the now-weakened Bane, leaving him alive but severely injured. [This last part will probably not happen. Take note, I use that word “probably” with a hell of a lot of salt. There is still the matter of the huge hole in our hypothesis...it's called, “that fricking 'earthquake machine thingy' that we have no idea about what it is.]

Legacy
Further following the events of Knightfall, Bane recovers from his Venom addiction while serving time in Blackgate Prison, as seen in Vengeance of Bane II: The Redemption (1995). He eventually escapes from prison and returns to Gotham, where he fights alongside Batman to take out a criminal ring that is distributing a Venom derivative to street-level thugs. Following a victory over the criminals (and the revelation that behind it is the same doctor that performed the surgery on Bane years earlier in Santa Prisca), Bane proclaims that he is "innocent" of his past crimes and urges Batman to stop hunting him. He then leaves Gotham (without fighting Batman) to begin a search for his father. [Here's a revision of that paragraph: Bane takes over city with Earthquake machine, with no Batman to stop him. This is where Bane's fellow terrorists from the 6-minute prologue come into play. They are Bane's homies who will recruit more homies.]
Bane's search brings him back to Santa Prisca. In search of leads, Bane questions the Jesuit priest who had taught him while he was in Peña Dura. The priest explains that there were four men who could possibly have been his father: a Santa Priscan revolutionary, an American doctor, an English mercenary, and a Swiss banker. While searching for the Swiss man in Rome, Bane encounters the League of Assassins and eventually Bane impresses Ra's al Ghul so much that he chooses Bane as his heir (an "honor" he had previously bestowed on Batman).
Ra's al Ghul and Bane then launch a plague attack on Gotham in the "Legacy" storyline. Bruce Wayne, again costumed as Batman, gets his rematch with Bane in Detective Comics #701 and finally defeats him in single combat. [Alright – revision time again! Bane meets the revived Ra's al Ghul OR Talia al Ghul, and becomes the 'heir'. They have a beef with Bats because he totally bailed on them two movies back. Batman has a fight with Bane (the final fight we saw in the trailer) and the earthquake machine doesn't destroy Gotham...just mutilates it horribly.]


Some things my 'revision' left out...
- Gordon's injury
- What happens to JGL when Batman “Rises”


How am I justifying that? Well, an assassination attempt was made on Gordon during Knightfall as well :)

Sorry if the revised parts were hard to separate from the summary. I don't know the html for highlighting.
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DCfan89 - 1/8/2012, 11:22 PM
i doubt that we'll see anyone else taking on the cowl in Nolan's movies
LoudNoises - 1/9/2012, 1:16 AM
I read a good portion of this myself on Wikipedia not too long ago. It's an interesting read and there are definately some comparisons to be drawn based on what we know so far about TDKR.

We know by now that Nolan has been heavily influenced by certain story lines: The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, The Killing Joke, etc... But we also know that he deviates from these sources quite a bit as well and molds it to fit the story he is trying to tell. Kightfall seems like the best source we have at this point that may give us some insight into TDKR. Especially with Bane's origin. However, it's hard to tell just how he will apply it to his story because if I had to guess, Nolan probably had a basic outline for his entire trilogy which connects all 3 films in some fashion right from the start.

IMO he will not use JGL as a Jean-Paul Valley type character who takes over for Batman in any way shape or form. It seems a little counter productive to the Bruce Wayne story which Nolan has been telling. I think it's more likely that JGL will serve as a conspiritor type who is trying undermine Bane's reign over Gotham and helps Batman to "Rise" and ultimately defeat Bane. But then again, who knows. JGL could turn out to be the Joker and had an amazing skin graf done to hide his scars, lol. "Do you wanna know how I... got rid of these scars?"
DCfan89 - 1/9/2012, 7:39 AM
LoudNoises "Do you wanna know how i got rid of these scars?" ... hilarious. i think that TDKR will be a mixture of Knightfall and No man's Land. i feel as if Bane is going to be the Leagues response to batman begins. along with talia. i think the real question is where does selina kyle fit into all of this. she's known for playing both sides to achieve her own agenda. but I'm really hoping for ra's to "Rise". keeping my fingers crossed for that.
BlazinTexan - 1/9/2012, 8:58 AM
breaking your back does not leave you paralyzed breaking your spine does theres a huge [frick]ing difference
6of13 - 1/9/2012, 2:49 PM
Nice write-up
Christuffer - 1/9/2012, 7:03 PM
@BlazinTexan - Back = Spine = Major organ/thing most people consider when thinking of the back
ArrowToTheKnee - 1/10/2012, 6:50 AM
@spiderassassin - Then GTFO batman articles you dirty little troll.

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