Bane Character Bio

Though many people think he’s all brawn and no brain, largely because of the film Batman & Robin, Bane is actually one of Batman’s smartest enemies, who once used a combination of strength and strategy to literally break the bat.  Bane will be appearing as the main villain in Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, which will be arriving at cinemas in just three days.  If you’re about to burst with anticipation, you may be interested in the history behind the characters appearing in this comic book adaptation.

Bane was born on the, fictional, island of Santa Prisca.  His father, a revolutionary, fled the island shortly before Bane was born.  The corrupt government of Santa Prisca made the newborn child carry out his father’s sentence in a prison called Peña Dura.  His mother died giving birth to him and he was named Bane by the warden.  Bane grew up in prison where he learned to fight, received an education from a priest.  He spent most of his time body building and reading.  Eventually, Bane rose up and established himself as the king of the prison.

He then became the test subject for a serum named Venom which gave him super strength, but needed to be administered every so often.  In early comics, before bane was introduced, Batman had once volunteered to take an older version of this drug as he felt that he could not continue to defend the city without superhuman abilities.  He noticed that he began to experience side effects, like rage, so he locked himself up until he was finished withdrawal.  Bane’s Venom is a modified version of the one Batman used; now beginning administered directly to the body through tubes rather than pills like Batman took.

After escaping Peña Dura, Bane created a new supply of Venom from a sample he had stolen and headed to Gotham to fight Batman who he believed was the demonic bat that had haunted his dreams as a child.  Not realising that the outside work does not follow the same rules as prison, Bane thought that Batman was the ruler of Gotham and defeating him would mean taking over this role.  Rather than go for a direct attack on Batman, Bane watched in the shadows and studied the bat.  For months his character didn’t do much else, but then Bane destroys the wall of Arkham Asylum; allowing the inmates to escape.  Many of these inmates are villains that Batman had captured.  Batman must then spend three months catching them, but which time Bane has figured out that Bruce Wayne is the man behind the mask and attacks the weakened Batman in the Batcave.  The fight ends with Bane breaking Batman’s back leaving him a paraplegic.

Bane goes off to establish himself as Gotham’s new ruler, while Bruce Wayne passes on the mantle of Batman to Jean-Paul Valley, Azrael, who does not follow Bruce Wayne’s moral code.  Using a high tech Bat suit, Jean-Paul defeated Bane by cutting the tube and giving Bane withdrawals from the Venom, leaving him weak and in severe pain.  Bane does escape from prison again, but this time decides to hunt down his father, who for a while he believed was Thomas Wayne which would make him and Bruce brothers.  This wasn’t the case, his father is another Batman villain known as King Snake, yet he and Bruce still retain a kind of kinship, Bane even stayed at Wayne Manor for a period.

A relatively new character having first appeared in 1993, which is new for a Batman villain, it is no surprise Bane has managed to stick around.  He is underused compared to other characters in Batman’s Rogues Gallery, yet he manages to be consistently interesting even if he has slipped into a more henchman role lately.  Bane is definitely a good choice for Christopher Nolan’s final Batman instalment, but will they manage to do him justice?  Was Tom Hardy the right choice?  Who is your favourite Batman villain?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


6 responses

  1. Amy

    Banes bio is really interesting. i didnt know how smart he was. good luck to batman in the new release it sounds like Bane will kick his ass

    July 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

    • The comic book version of Bane is a lot more interesting than the Batman & Robin one and I the new film has definately returned him to his smart yet tough self.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm

  2. Robbie Deighan

    Fun read. The movie Batman & Robin has destroyed his reputation so much, but this movie and the Arkham games (which I hope you have played Adam!) should correct that.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    • Much to my shame I actually have’t played the Arkham games yet, but will be sure to pick them up in the near future. The movie has definately done wonders for his reputation.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

  3. Chris

    Saw the movie twice already. The more I watch it, the more I love it. Bane was a great choice for this movie. Tom Hardy played a great role. Can’t wait to see it again.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:15 am

    • I’ve been to see it twice as well and couldn’t agree with you more, he was an excellent choice. Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway both proved how great they could be.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm

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