General Information

Real name:


First Appearance:

Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993)

Created by:

( writer )
( artist )
( concept ) Chuck Dixon (writer) Doug Moench (writer) Graham Nolan (artist) Denny O’Neil (concept)


Suicide Squad
Secret Society of Super Villains
Secret Six


Peak human physical condition
High intelligence
Hand to hand combat
Expert strategist
When using Venom:
Superhuman strength

Portrayed by:

Michael Dorn ( Voice )
Hector Elizondo ( Voice )
( voice )
( Voice )
( Voice )
( voice )
E. Jason Liebrecht ( Voice )
Michael Reid MacKay ( as Antonio Diego )
Jeep Swenson
Tom Hardy
( Voice )
Doug Benson ( Voice )
Shane West

Henry Silva (voice)Michael Dorn (Voice)Hector Elizondo (Voice) Joaquim de Almeida (voice) Ron Perlman (Voice) Danny Trejo (Voice) Fred Tatasciore (voice)E. Jason Liebrecht (Voice)Michael Reid MacKay (as Antonio Diego) J.B. Blanc (Voice)Doug Benson (Voice)Shane West

Reading: Bane

I am Bane and I could kill you… but death would only end your agony and silence your shame. Instead, I will simply…BREAK YOU!

Bane is an scat convict from an island prison in South America and a super-villain/assassin. Bane has abnormal physical persuasiveness as a result of having undergo experiments involving a derivative of the drug Venom. He became known as “ The man Who Broke the Bat ” when he broke Batman ‘s back, forcing Bruce Wayne to give up the Batman persona while he recuperated. Bane was primitively created by writers Chuck Dixon and Doug Moench and artist, Graham Nolan, from a concept by Denny O’Neil. He inaugural appeared in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 ( January 1993 ) .


in the first place intended as a “ dark mirror ” of the highly discipline and multi-skilled pulp hero Doc Savage, Bane spends his childhood in the beastly prison of Pena Duro on the corrupt South american island nation of Santa Prisca. He develops ace forte through a push experiment involving the drug Venom. Although his colony on Venom is an huge weakness, Bane has been one of Batman ‘s most healthy and physically knock-down foes. He is good known for breaking Batman ‘s back in the “ Knightfall ” report bow. Although chiefly a villain, Bane is a complex character and has worked to take down drug lords. Despite their history, he has sometimes had Batman ‘s fiscal backing and direct aid. Bane has appeared in some other media adaptations of Batman, including Batman: The Animated Series, its sequels and spin-offs and its successor, The Batman. Pro-wrestler Jeep Swenson played him in the 1997 film Batman & Robin. He returned to the silver filmdom in 2012 ‘s The Dark Knight Rises, portrayed by Tom Hardy, which has respective influences from the Knightfall Story Arc. In many adaptations ; he is more simplistic and thug-like than his amusing book counterpart .

Publication History

Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and Graham Nolan created the character for the Knightfall storyline, although it is indecipherable what elements were introduced by each of the two writers ( Dixon and Moench ). Dixon wrote the fictional character ‘s first appearance ( Vengeance of Bane ), with art by Graham Nolan. It is besides indecipherable how much input signal was provided by Denny O’Neil ( veteran writer of the Batman books, then Group Editor for the Batman class of books, and author of the fresh adaptation of Knightfall ). O’Neil had previously created Bane ‘s beastly birthplace of Santa Prisca in The question and the drug Venom in the storyline of the lapp name ( published in the pages of Legends of the Dark Knight # 16-20, and late reprinted as a graphic novel ). In the pages of Azrael, O’Neil introduced Bane ‘s perception of Venom as both an addiction and the failing responsible for his earlier defeats. The link between Bane and King Snake was introduced by writer Scott Beatty .



The origin of Bane has similarities with another fictional character, Alexandre Dumas ‘ Edmond Dantes. Born to serve the life prison term of his don, Bane ‘s childhood and early adult life are spent behind the walls of Peña Duro, an ill-famed prison located in Santa Prisca. Though imprisoned, his natural abilities allow him to develop extraordinary skills within the prison ‘s walls. He reads american samoa many books as he can get his hands on, builds up his body in the prison ‘s secondary school, and learns to fight in the merciless school of prison animation. Despite his circumstances, he appears to have found teachers of versatile sorts during his captivity, ranging from hardened convicts to an aged jesuitical priest, under whose tutelage he apparently receives a classical music department of education. Bane murders this priest upon his return to Santa Prisca years late. however, he commits his inaugural murder at the old age of eight, stabbing a criminal who wanted to use him to gain information about the prison. During his years in prison, Bane carries a chemise hold he calls Osito ( spanish for “ little hold ” ), whom he considers his lone friend. It is revealed that Osito has a hole in his binding to hold a tongue that Bane uses against anyone who bullies him ( this is spoofed in italian superhero parody Rat-Man by Leo Ortolani where the titular stumble and cockamamie superhero has constant and heated discussions with a stuff chemise called Piccettino, whose voice only he can hear ). Bane ultimately establishes himself as the “ king ” of Peña Duro prison. The prison ‘s controllers take note and, finally, force him to become a trial subject for a cryptic drug known as Venom, which had killed wholly other subjects. It about kills him at beginning, but he survives and finds its effects enhance his physical intensity, although he needs to take it every 12 hours ( via a system of cables pumped immediately into his mind ) or he would suffer debilitating side-effects .

The man Who Broke The Bat

Years later, Bane escapes Peña Duro, along with respective accomplices ( 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 ). His ambition turns to destroying Batman, whom he had heard tales of while serving his sentence. He is fascinated with Gotham City, as, like the prison, it is a place where fear rules : in this lawsuit, concern of Batman. Bane is convinced that the demonic bat that haunted his dream since childhood is a representation of the Batman. Aware that a direct assail on Batman would be anserine, Bane destroys the walls of Arkham Asylum, allowing its deranged inmates ( including The Joker, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Riddler, Poison Ivy, Mad Hatter, The Ventriloquist, Firefly, The Cavalier, and Victor Zsasz, deoxyadenosine monophosphate well as minor villain, Film Freak, who Bane about killed for spying on him subsequently ) to escape into Gotham City, where Batman spends three months rounding them up. Running himself to exhaustion, Batman returns to Wayne Manor, where Bane awaits him. He fights Batman in the Batcave, defeats him, and delivers the coup de grâce : he breaks Batman ‘s back and leaves him paraplegic, thereby having been the only man to have “ Broken the Bat ” .


While Bane establishes himself as ruler of Gotham ‘s condemnable underworld, Bruce Wayne passes the mantle of Batman to Jean-Paul Valley, besides known as Azrael. As Batman, Jean-Paul grows increasingly violent, allowing the villain Abattoir to fall to his death. Jean-Paul besides refuses to recognize Robin as his partner. Utilizing a sophisticated fight suit in place of the traditional Batman uniform, he fights and defeats Bane at the end of the “ Knightfall ” arc, severing the tubes that pump the Venom into Bane ‘s bloodstream, causing severe withdrawal. Valley then gives the attenuate Bane a condemnable beat, leaving him active but broken .


Following the events of “ Knightfall ”, Bane recovers from his Venom addiction while serving meter in prison, as seen in Vengeance of Bane II : The Redemption ( 1995 ). He finally escapes from prison and returns to Gotham, where he fights aboard Batman to take out a criminal ring that is distributing a Venom derivative instrument to street-level thugs. Following a victory over the criminals, 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 forefather. Bane ‘s research brings him back to Santa Prisca ( shown in the Bane of the Demon miniseries published in 1998 ). In search of leads, Bane questions the Jesuit priest who had taught him while he was in Peña Duro. The priest explains that there were four men who could possibly have been his father : a Santa Priscan revolutionary, an american sophisticate, an english mercenary, and a swiss banker. While searching for the Swiss in Rome, Bane encounters Ra ‘s aluminum Ghul ‘s daughter Talia aluminum Ghul. Talia introduces Bane to her don, and finally Bane impresses Ra ‘s thus much that he chooses Bane as his heir ( an “ award ” he had previously imparted on Batman ) .
Ra ‘s alabama Ghul and Bane then launch a harass attack on Gotham in the “ Legacy ” storyline. Bruce Wayne, again costumed as Batman, gets his replay with Bane in Detective Comics # 701 ( September 1996 ) and ultimately defeats him in single combat. Since then, whenever Batman and Bane square off in battle, their fights normally end in a draw. Following the “ Legacy ” storyline, Bane appears in a one-shot publication called Batman : Bane ( 1997 ) and fights Azrael in the “ Angel and the Bane ” storyline in “ Azrael ” # 36-40 ( December 1997 – April 1998 ). After having ( presumably ) broken out of the prison where he is put, he runs off to Colombia. He then surfaces in the floor arc “ No Man ‘s Land ”, serving as an hatchet man for Lex Luthor. Following a fallout with Ra ‘s aluminum Ghul, Bane later embarks on a campaign to destroy Lazarus Pits around the world, and in the action, encounters Black Canary in Birds of Prey # 26 ( February 2001 ) .

Veritas Liberat

According to the Jesuit priest that Bane speaks with in “ Bane of the Demon ” # 1, there is a possibility that Bane ‘s biological father is an american doctor. In researching this consequence, Bane comes to the decision that he and Batman parcel Dr. Thomas Wayne as their biological forefather, with Dr. Wayne having obviously become close to Bane ‘s mother during his time in Santa Prisca. Bane alerts Batman to this possibility, and during the time that the deoxyribonucleic acid tests are being performed, stays at Wayne Manor and fights aboard Batman on the streets of Gotham in the “ Tabula Rasa ” storyline ( Gotham Knights # 33-36, November 2002 – February 2003 ). ultimately, it is revealed that Dr. Wayne is not Bane ‘s beget, and Bane leaves Gotham peacefully ( and with Batman ‘s grace and fiscal backing ) to pursue leads in the snow-white mountains of Kanchenjunga. Bane finally finds his father, the unscrupulous King Snake, in the “ Veritas Liberat ” storyline ( Gotham Knights # 47-49, January – March 2004 ). Bane, with Batman looking on, helps foil King Snake ‘s plans to unleash a potent weapon upon the earth. Bane saves Batman from being shot by King Snake, but is mortally wounded in the process. Batman then saves Bane by bathing him in a Lazarus Pit, and leaves him with a clean slate and a new opportunity at life .

Infinite Crisis & One class former

In Infinite Crisis # 7, Bane is shown fighting alongside the villains during the Battle of Metropolis. During the battle, he breaks the back of the hero, Judomaster, killing him. No reason was given for his actions in # 7, though in Infinite Crisis south collected edition, one of the many changes made to the original serial was Bane saying “ I last know who I am. I am Bane, I break people ” while breaking Judomaster ‘s back. Bane resurfaces in the One Year Later continuity in JSA Classified # 17-18 searching for the Hourmen ( Rex and Rick Tyler ), asking them for aid. To win their faith, he tells them how, anterior to the Battle of Metropolis, he returned to his fatherland to put an end to the drug lords ‘ government, in the action discovering that a new, more addictive strain of Venom had been created. In his ferocious carelessness to wipe out the drug trade, he was captured, and re-implanted with the cranial tubes, hooked to the new Venom, but now unable to shake off his addiction without dying from the withdrawal. Bane was forced to work as an hatchet man for the drug trust, unable to escape. Believing that Bane sought Rex Tyler ‘s expertness in chemistry, Rick lets him approach his forefather, merely to discover that the fib is a ruse. Bane, who had never in truth been addicted to Venom, had in fact wiped out the drug lords, and destroyed every inquiry note on Venom. He discovered in the process both strains of Venom derived from Rex Tyler ‘s early research on Miraclo. He discovers from the Tylers that no written notes exist of Rex ‘s work, captures Rex, and steals Rick ‘s equipment, planning to kill Rex and force out Rick to take the last of the new Venom, living forever as an addict. Rick manipulates Bane into using Miraclo and demolishing the build as he and his father elude, burying the mercantile in the debris of the very same Santa Priscan penitentiary where his fib began.

finally Bane resurfaces in Santa Prisca, leading the nation to democratic elections. Upon discovering that the elections were rigged by Computron, he uses his influence to enforce martial law, plunging the state into a civil war. Computron offers information to Checkmate on who ordered him to rig the elections in commute for their help in escaping the country. Fire and Judomaster ‘s son, Thomas Jagger, are sent on the mission, with Jagger debating whether or not to seek revenge for his father ‘s murder. He fights Bane in rate to allow Fire to escape, defeating him easily, but chooses not to kill him. At the end of the miniskirt series Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag, Amanda Waller recruits Bane into the Squad. In Outsiders # 50, Bane appears once more to be wearing the tube system to apply Venom. In Salvation Run # 2, Bane was tricked by his chap police squad members, and sent to the prison planet. In Salvation Run # 3 Bane remains with Lex Luthor ‘s faction after Joker ‘s cabal rebels against Luthor ‘s leadership. He attacked Thunder and Lightning when they were attempting to feed martian Manhunter. In Superman/Batman # 53- # 56, Bane is trading his Venom supplies with drug lords across the earth. One of his shipments include to Gotham. Batman, who was temporarily endowed with Superman ‘s powers, react by attacking Bane at his home. not only was The Dark Knight able to easily defeat the villain, the bomber about killed him with his far superior military capability. Bane survived his injuries due to the enhanced stamina from his Venom supplies. Bane joined the Secret Six in their new ongoing series started in September 2008. In the first base issue Bane is depicted as a stoic devil ‘s preach for the group, offering option points of opinion for both Deadshot and Catman on the capable of love. He is later shown to have an about father-like refer for Scandal Savage ‘s wellbeing. Although this is largely played for laughs in the early issues, the first arc ‘s final examination issue displays the depth of Bane ‘s affection. When the Six are attacked by an united states army of supervillains, a hurt ( and apparently dying ) Bane ‘s business for Scandal results in him taking Venom to save her. Bane is late shown to have recovered from his ordeal, appearing in Gotham City with Catman and Ragdoll in an attempt to stem some of the chaos caused by the apparent death of Batman. During the team ‘s several escapades, Bane reveals both a deeply respect for his erstwhile adversary and a afflictive hanker to assume the mantle of Batman, telling a trio of rescued citizens to tell people that it was the Batman who saved them. Bane ultimately gives his blessing to Dick Grayson, praying that “ God assistant him. ” Following a near-disastrous mission, Bane assumes leadership over the Secret Six. His first act as leader is to remove Scandal from active duty, not wishing for her to be endangered. by and by, when Ragdoll, Black Alice and Deadshot want to forgo a paying job to seek the missing Catman, Bane considers them off the team and replaces the four with new members King Shark, Dwarfstar, Lady Vic and Giganta .

New 52

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Powers and Abilities


Venom Usage: He utilizes the super-steroid known as Venom to enhance his own forcible attributes to superhuman levels, namely his forte, lastingness, speed, and endurance .

  • Superhuman Strength: The primary effect of the Venom drug is that it enhances his strength to low superhuman levels depending on how much is injected into him. At the maximum healthy amount he can inject into himself, he is able to lift around 3-4 tons. He is ultimately capable of exceeding this limit and be able to lift over 4 tons, though not without momentarily losing his sanity.
  • Superhuman Speed/Reflexes: His speed and reflexes are also superhuman with Venom, making him able to run, move, and reach beyond the limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Endurance/Stamina/Durability: With the use of Venom, his stamina and endurance are greatly enhanced. His durability is heightened sufficiently to shrug off most blunt force trauma, yet he is not completely bulletproof. He can withstand blows from most superhumans, withstand falls from great heights, and possibly more.
  • Superhuman Healing: He can also use Venom as a type of medicine that can heal him from most injury, poison, wound, infection, and disease.


Genius-Level Intellect: He possesses a genius-level mind and is one of Batman ‘s most intelligent foes .

  • Eidetic Memory: He has an eidetic memory, which borders on almost total recall. This enables him to memorize virtually anything.
  • Polymath: He is exceptionally knowledgeable in various subjects including various Sciences, History, Geology, Medicine, and several others.
  • Polylingual: He is able to speak fluent Spanish, German, French, Russian, Mandarin, English, Urdu, Farsi, and Latin.

Escapologist: He is surpassed alone by Batman, Nightwing, and Mister Miracle in the art of escape and percolation. Hand to Hand Combatant: He is a formidable hired hand to hand combatant, able to hold his own against Batman and Ra ‘s Al Ghul. He is not only a master, but has created several fight styles. Bane ‘s fighting ability combined with his point force and survival make him a highly formidable and dangerous adversary for any non-meta and many metahuman foes. Expert Strategist: He is highly devious and a highly gifted strategist and tactician. Peak of Human Physical Condition: even without Venom, his intensity and physique is at its flower and is slenderly superior to the likes of Batman or other athletes .

  • Physical Strength: Even without Venom, Bane is shown to still be stronger than Batman, able to lift/press approximately 1,500 lbs. Without Venom, Bane has proven capable of breaking Killer Croc’s bones and standing toe-to-toe with other superhumans. He has also performed feats such as snapping steel cables that were used to shackle him, and denting and deforming an iron gate after punching it off of its hinges.
  • Speed: Despite his heavily muscled appearance, Bane is shown to be a surprisingly fast runner, as he’s been shown to be able to keep up with the more slender member of the Secret Six with ease.
  • Durability: Even without the Venom drug, Bane has proven to be phenomenally durable. Examples include shrugging off bullets to the shoulder and other areas, and withstanding the torture of having numerous bricks thrown at all areas of his body.

Weaknesses: Venom addiction and get worse ( he has presently kicked this ), Thomas Jagger, psychological fear of “ the bat-demon ” of his nightmares .

In early Media


  • Bane appeared in the direct-to-video animated film adaptation, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. Despite being one of Batman’s most physically challenging foes, Bane was defeated in seconds after Batman cut his Venom tube before he was knocked out with a single kick.
  • Bane appeared in the animated direct-to-video film, Justice League: Doom and was voiced by Carlos Alazraqui.

Bane made a few cameo in the film alongside other Batman villains and was was voiced by Doug Benson, who impersonated Tom Hardy. Bane ‘s design was a pastiche of the amusing book version and the Tom Hardy interpretation of the character. Bane ‘s most big cameo was when Batman randomly hit him at the Gotham Winter Galla, to which he replied : “ That was unnecessary ! ”


Bane appeared in the Batman : The Brave and the Bold episode, “ menace of the Conqueror Caveman, ” and was voiced by Michael Dorn. Batman teamed up with Wildcat to recapture him. Batman attempted to remove Bane ‘s Venom tube, but was temporarily incapacitated when Bane struck him on the mind. Wildcat used one of Batman ‘s Batarangs to finish the job, which shocked Bane when his Venom tube hit the train tracks and knocked him out. Bane besides made a cameo appearance in “ Sidekicks Assemble ” where he was calculator generated and was taken out by Robin, Speedy, and Aqualad. In Night of the Batmen, Bane allied with Solomon Grundy, Killer Croc and Blockbuster to steal a gold statue, but he was stopped by Captain Marvel .

Young Justice


Bane appears as one of the main antagonists in the one-fifth and final season of the FOX television serial, Gotham. In this adaptation, his real name is Eduardo Dorrance and he is a former army buddy of Jim Gordon who initially arrives in Gotham City to liberate it from its “ No Man ‘s Land ” state. however, in reality, he arrives to actually enforce rogue government agent, Theresa Walker ‘s plan for the city. He is portrayed by Shane West .

Video Games

  • Bane was one of the bosses of the Gentleman Ghost Level in the Nintendo D.S. version of Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame. He was fought twice. The first time, Batman ended up being held up by Bane, but was saved by Green Arrow. Bane attacked again when the two heroes took the Batwing to follow Gentleman Ghost to London. After he was defeated, Bane was knocked off of the Batwing, and seemingly fell to his death.
  • Bane appeared in DC Universe Online and was voiced by E. Jason Liebrecht.
  • Bane also appeared as a playable character in Injustice: Gods Among Us and Injustice 2.


Kenner released different versions of Bane for each of its Batman: The Animated Series, Batman & Robin, and Legends Of The Dark Knight natural process number lines.

D.C. Direct has released two Bane figures. One as the character appeared in the Batman “ Knightfall ” comedian series a well as in the “ Secret Files & Origins ” series. Each came packaged with a design stand specific to that particular series, with no early accessories. Mattel has included two versions of Bane in their D.C. Superheroes credit line of action figures. Both versions share the lapp mold and only change in rouge applications. The first version is set apart by black pants while the second ( 2007 ) version has pants decorated with a camouflage design. Both versions of this figure came with a small “ Osito ” accessory, although many of the first gear adaptation seem to have been shipped to stores without. In 2007, LEGO released a Bane mini-figure in a Bat-Tank build jell, alongside a Riddler mini-figure. In 2012, they made a re-designed Bane in the 6860 Batcave set, along with a blasphemous Batman, a loss Robin, a re-designed Poison Ivy, and a re-designed Bruce Wayne. besides in 2013, LEGO will release a Bane minfigure based off his appearance in “ The Dark Knight Rises “ in a typeset named 76001 The Bat vs. Bane : Tumbler Chase .


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