EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Chuck Dixon, Co-Creator of Bane

Legendary comic book writer, Chuck Dixon, discusses The Dark Knight Rises, Nightwing, and the villain that he would've liked to have seen used in Christopher Nolan's Batman universe.

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By nailbiter111 - 3/30/2012

Graham Nolan on the left of the Bane cosplayer, and on the right is Chuck Dixon.


In regards to Bane breaking Batman's back, was this a decision that was easily unanimous or were there some concerns between the creative staff?
It was presented to us at a summit of Bat editors and Bat writers. Denny O’Neil laid it all out for us as a loose framework including the dramatic highpoints. Over the next couple of years we riffed off that first presentation but didn’t vary from it much. What Denny presented that day was the spine for all that came next. If there was a dissenting voice, I never heard it.


Do you think Nolan will take it to the point of breaking Batman's back on screen?
No clue. From the latest trailer it certainly looks like there’s a downfall coming for Bruce Wayne. But I’m guessing like everyone else.


What is your favorite moment that proves that Bane is equipped with a superior intellect?
When he identifies Bruce Wayne as Batman just from Wayne’s body language.


Is there anything about your version of Bane that you think will be difficult to translate on film?
He’s pretty clearly drawn. Maybe his difficulty in relating to women. He was raised in an all-male world and seems flummoxed by the women he meets.


As you were imagining his translation to film were there any particular actors that came to mind for this role?
Not really. I was just hoping it would be someone who could act. Tom Hardy fits that description. He’s very talented.


What was your initial reaction to Tom Hardy's voice for Bane, and the new mask?
I haven’t heard enough of the voice. But his speaking voice in other movies has the right timbre. And he does accents well. His Philadelphia accent in Warriors sounded right to me, even though his character was supposed to be from Pittsburgh.


From the footage you have seen so far do you think elements of Knightfall or any other popular Batman story arcs will be used in the film?
It looks like Nolan will cherrypick a lot of dramatic highpoints from batman mythos for this movie just like he did for the others. It seems to me that he’s quite the Batman scholar.




What are some aspects of Batman that Christopher Nolan hasn't touched upon in the Nolanverse that you'd like to see?
I would love to see a good Riddler story. But almost everyone gets the Riddler wrong so maybe not.


Which Riddler story would you most like to see brought to life on the big screen?
Well, something like Die Hard 3; the best Batman and Robin/Riddler story ever put on film. Anything that utilizes the Riddler’s MO as well as that movie did.


Why do you think the Riddler has been such a challenge to get right?
The riddles have to make sense and they have to serve two purposes; to give clues about the Riddler’s crime while decoying Batman away from it at the same time. Remember, that’s what Jermey Irons did in Die Hard 3.That is a tall order. That takes some real plotting muscle. Riddler stories were the toughest for me to write but I’m glad I did them because most writers punt when it comes to the Riddler. Plus you wind up having to make up new riddles! Torture!


What are some challenges to writing characters with superior intellect?
Writing about people smarter than yourself! But a writer has the luxury of time. I can take hours to think up what seems like an off-the-cuff remark.


If you had your choice, which animation project would you prefer to begin first, your story arc on Nightwing or Knightfall?
Tough choice. I’d sure like to see Nightwing on the screen though.


Which of your Nightwing story arcs would you most like to see developed into an animated feature?
Probably that Scarecrow story where Dick is drugged to enter a disturbing fantasy world in which he never became Robin or Nightwing. Wed that to the larger Blockbuster arc and that would be one hell of a cartoon.




The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th 2012 and stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.

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RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 3/30/2012, 12:55 PM
Another one?
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 3/30/2012, 12:55 PM
Man this guy must be loving all the attention he will be receiving.
headlopper - 3/30/2012, 12:57 PM
@ironman53 - Sure is. He's saying all the right things.








theangrytroll - 3/30/2012, 1:00 PM
I notice he never answered the question about what he thinks of the mask. Not that I blame him for ignoring that question. It still looks like the Predator's jockstrap.
headlopper - 3/30/2012, 1:01 PM
Speaking of riddles, who can solve these:

1.She walks on air, but unaware her home gets in hair.

2.What can crack a head if wreaked upon, yet cleans a cut like soothing balm and is light as air if sunned upon?
6of13 - 3/30/2012, 1:14 PM
Nice interview

TDKR is going to be amazing.
Supes17 - 3/30/2012, 1:22 PM
How many people co-created Bane?
LMAO this is like the 5th interview I've seen.
Nemeres - 3/30/2012, 1:23 PM
Dixon is my favorite comic book writer ever. EV-ER. His stuff = the definition of fun comics.

Thanks for this.
GreyChaos13Zero - 3/30/2012, 1:27 PM
yea, Riddler needs some movie love done right! tho Jim Carrey's Riddler was enjoyable, but not spot on?)
SpideyQuad - 3/30/2012, 1:40 PM
I have a feeling we're looking at “Demon in a bottle” DC style for Bruce. I read Demon in a bottle when it came out. I didn't like it then, and I don't understand why everyone loves a story. Well, for your guy's sakes I hope it's better than GL.
sweeetbass - 3/30/2012, 1:45 PM
@lopper
I'll take a stab at them. 1. Is pollen. And 2. Is water.
xXkryptoniteXx - 3/30/2012, 1:55 PM
@spideyquad

Lol anything is better then GL, Nolan well do the last batman justice since he did great on the last two. Most of a his movies are great and some aren't the best compared to others but there all still good movie, so no doubt in my mind this new one well be good as well. The only thing the dark knight rises could fail on is if the audience is over hyped about the last film. Back to GL, they got the wrong actor for the role IMO, his the flash to me. They got the wrong director for the job, his past movies doesn't have the right calling for a GL movie. His more of a green arrow director.
golden123 - 3/30/2012, 1:59 PM
@supes17: Just Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan.
RolandD - 3/30/2012, 2:02 PM
Would hate to see another Riddler like Carrey's. It was a toss-up as to who was worse, Carrey's Riddler or Tommy Lee Jones' Two-Face. Their parts sucked and it was overacting at its worst.

Shame as they are both good actors, even though Carrey is usually doing schtick.

Nolan would have done the Riddler right, though.
theangrytroll - 3/30/2012, 2:05 PM
Wow. "People" on here still report someone simply for not agreeing with THEIR opinion? What an incredibly douchey thing to do.

Oh - and the mask doesn't look "badass." Just ass.
superbatspiderman - 3/30/2012, 2:06 PM
I always thought Riddler would make a cool villain in a movie but most people don't understand the character. I agree with this guy that the Riddler should be like Jeremy Irons from Die Hard 3 now that I think about it Jeremy Irons would be a bad ass Riddler.
revloveR - 3/30/2012, 2:19 PM
people are still complaining about the mask? the original one looks like a gimp mask with a diaper on top of it.
Supes17 - 3/30/2012, 2:23 PM
@golden123:
i know, i was just being a smart-ass. lol
I'm just saying that they have been posting interviews of these two several times now.
it's as if they are dying to hear a negative comment from either one of them
nailbiter111 - 3/30/2012, 2:26 PM
actually doug moench is considered a co-creator as well.
Supes17 - 3/30/2012, 2:29 PM
But whatever,
great job as always nailbiter
MrReese - 3/30/2012, 2:34 PM
Bane = Villain of the year then Loki n Finally Lizard XD
SHHH - 3/30/2012, 2:39 PM
AsianVersionOfET - 3/30/2012, 2:39 PM
Good stuff. Can't wait to see how Tom Hardy handles it!
antonio - 3/30/2012, 2:46 PM
Awesome stuff!!
Fogs - 3/30/2012, 2:46 PM
Nice interview. He's pretty evasive though.
BlindLemonShemp - 3/30/2012, 2:47 PM
@ lopper:

No clue on the first one... was hair a typo?

pretty sure #2 is water
antonio - 3/30/2012, 2:59 PM
Villains of the year for me at the moment:
1-Bane(Tom Hardy)-Dark Knight Rises
2-Loki(Tom Hiddleston)-The Avengers
3-Calvin Candie(Leonardo Dicaprio)-Django Unchained
4-The Lizard(Rhys Ifans)-Amazing Spider-Man
Minghagz - 3/30/2012, 3:04 PM
I'd love to see a more complex riddler on screen too but I think going with Bane to end the trilogy was the right choice.
Supes17 - 3/30/2012, 3:05 PM
I haven't seen much of Rhys Ifans as The Lizard, so I can't really say whether he's going to be good or bad. But I' hoping for the best
Supes17 - 3/30/2012, 3:06 PM
Riddler is just a watered-down version of the Joker. Especially the way Nolan portrayed him in TDK with the bombs and clues.
Supes17 - 3/30/2012, 3:09 PM
Bane was the perfect choice, he can test Batman physically and mentally
Ra's al Ghul- Emotional, Physical
Joker-Emotional, Mental
Bane-Emotional, Mental, Physical
Minghagz - 3/30/2012, 3:15 PM
Nicely put @Supes17. I'd like to add "psychological" to the tests the Joker presented though
batfan175 - 3/30/2012, 3:19 PM
the Riddler: smart but weak, gets to deduce batman's identity eventually.

Bane: smart and tough, gets to deduce batman's identity in his first appearance.

So in terms of challenges i'm sure Bane takes the cake. Although I'd have liked to see the Riddler somehow getting hold of that sonar device to spy on everyone. i'd also have liked to ee him like a Ted Bundy kind of figure: a narcissistic, murderous egomaniac but I can understand how even then he sort of resembles The Joker too much.
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 3/30/2012, 3:46 PM
The Riddler is a lame villain in my opinion. I was extremely happy that Nolan decided not to use him.
ralfinader - 3/30/2012, 5:16 PM
I like that he pointed out DH3 as the best Bats/Robin/Riddler movie. I do not think Carrey, Kilmer, or O'Donnell can argue that.

Okay, so lets see a damn trailer already with something in it to elevate mini-Bane from just a guy in a stupid mask with bombs and thugs. Please WB & Nolan! Show something to dash the many doubts I have about this third and final chapter!!! (the last trailer, aside from the football stadium was a borefest)
nailbiter111 - 3/30/2012, 5:33 PM
It's interesting the more I read about Bane the less I think of him as simply a villain. He is much more complex then I initially thought.

By the way thank you for all the compliments on the interview. But a big thanks to Chuck Dixon for being so accommodating with his time.
headlopper - 3/30/2012, 9:43 PM
@sweeetbass- Bastard! Water is coreect for #2.
Pollen's a good guess, but not the solution.


@BlindLemonShemp- No, not a typo.
headlopper - 3/30/2012, 9:44 PM









Answer for riddle #1 is a 'SPIDER'.:}
EditNinja - 3/31/2012, 2:17 AM
Chuck Nixon's work always inspired me back in the Batman and Nightwing days.
DrGreecelove - 3/31/2012, 3:55 AM
SHHH

T E R R I F I C

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