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League of Shadows


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Tom Hardy


The Dark Knight Rises

I’m Gotham’s reckoning, here to end the borrowed time you’ve all been living on.
―Bane to John Daggett before killing him[src]

Bane was the friend and defender of Talia and the field commander of the League of Shadows. He was potent in both strategy and physical combat. He defeated the Batman in battle and manipulated the citizens of Gotham City with skilled oratory until Batman ‘s recovery and reelect. He displayed his personality predominantly through expressions in his eyes. Bane ‘s physical appearance was defined by his mask, which inhibited the excruciating pain that agonized his body to bearable levels. He was portrayed by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises .


early life

…The child had a friend, a protector, who showed the others that this innocence was their redemption.

Bane was reportedly bear and raised in the Pit, a beastly prison located within a Middle Eastern country. He came to regard the prison as a home, a place where he learned “ the accuracy about despair. ” Bane vaguely claimed to have been “ born in [ darkness ] ” and molded by it and that he did n’t “ see the light up ” until he was an adult. At some point, he took an matter to in the wellbeing of a new female prisoner named Talia, the daughter of another female prisoner and a materialistic, and he protected her when respective of the inmates attacked and killed Talia ‘s mother. He became her supporter and later helped her miss from the Pit. however, this altruistic carry through resulted in the prisoners ‘ exacting retaliation by torturing and beating him to the point that his grimace was mutilated and wrapped up in bandages after the doctor of the church did what he could to save him but the doctor ‘s fumble attempts to repair the damage left Bane in constant agony .

―Bane bidding farewell to Talia after aiding her escape from the Pit.[src]

Bane was finally rescued by Talia ‘s beget, the mercenary that became Ra ‘s aluminum Ghul, and the League of Shadows when Talia informed her church father of what happened. Bane and Talia were taken in by the League and trained ; however, Bane was excommunicated for reminding Ra ‘s of his own failure to protect his wife and for Bane ‘s interest in Talia ; Alfred interpreted the rumor of Bane ‘s extrusion from his sources that Bane was expelled for being besides extreme for the organization. Bane besides wore a mask that pumped natural gas into his arrangement to alleviate the trouble from his injury within the prison. however, he ended up rejoining the League of Shadows after Ra ‘s die and Talia inherited her father ‘s organization and forgave him for ousting Bane. Bane was besides creditworthy for a coup in West Africa which brought John Daggett exclusive access to the resources there, which brought his company into prominence and led to Bane attracting the care of the Central Intelligence Agency. Their influence relationship was later exploited to bring Bane and early League mercenaries to Gotham City .

The Dark Knight Rises

Kidnapping Dr. Pavel

It doesn’t matter who we are. What matters is our plan… No one cared who I was ’til I put on the mask…
―Bane to CIA Op[src]

Seven and a half years after the death of Harvey Dent, mercenaries posing as a local militia turned over russian scientist Dr. Leonid Pavel and three other hooded prisoners, including Bane, to the CIA in Uzbekistan. Bane ‘s plan was to find out how much Pavel had told the CIA about them and to fake the scientist ‘s death while on board their fledge and then crash the flat with no survivors. To that end a plane broad of mercenaries tailed the CIA airplane whilst airborne. When the CIA operative overseeing the capture attempted to interrogate his men by pretending to shoot them and throw them out of the plane, Bane pointed out that their attempts would n’t work because the hood men had no reason to give in when the CIA secret agent was entirely putting on a display. Bane besides told the CIA personnel his plan as the agent removed Bane ‘s hood, knowing that they would not survive the attack, and broke loose of the restraints good as more of the mercenaries arrived from the early plane and shot the CIA personnel. In addition, the mercenaries besides brought in a cadaver to transfer Pavel ‘s blood to fake the latter ‘s death. Bane besides had one of his “ buddy ” mercenaries stay behind in order to ensure they had the expected death toll and he besides promised the mercenary that “ the fuel rises ”. He told the panicking Pavel to calm down as the mission was successfully accomplished .

Calm down, Doctor. Now is not the time for fear. That comes later.
―Bane to Dr. Pavel[src]

partnership with Daggett

John Daggett : “ I’ve paid you a small fortune.
Bane: “And this gives you power over me?
―Daggett tries to threaten Bane[src]

After the arrival of Bane and the mercenaries in Gotham, he had several henchmen get down “ structure projects ” that were actually rigging explosives across Gotham via “ explosive cement. ” Daggett worked with Bane to have Bruce Wayne removed from Wayne Enterprises by bankrupting Wayne and weakening the company ‘s ( poor ) finances even further, under the false impression that he would take over the company. To that end Selina Kyle was recruited and she retrieved Wayne ‘s fingerprints, including his thumbprint, for them to use to accomplish the fiscal fraud .

Gordon ‘s Capture

however, due to a call sting regarding the localization of a missing congressman, some police officers, including Commissioner James Gordon ended up stumbling upon Bane ‘s group in the sewers, the newfangled League of Shadow ‘s hideout. Bane liNolanverseuted one of the henchmen delivering Gordon to him for drawing him to the rate, before having the other fritter Gordon. He besides retrieved Gordon ‘s speech that was intended to expose the truth behind the events of Dent ‘s death and give his resignation as Commissioner. When Gordon ended up going down the rapid gutter waters to escape, Bane had a confederate “ stick to ” him by placing a cell telephone on him and then sending him down the rapids, anticipating the likelihood that Gordon would survive falling into the rapids after the confederate made the mistake of implying that he died in the rapids .

attack on the Stock Market

Afterwards, Bane arrived at the Gotham Stock Exchange to complete the design of putting Bruce Wayne into bankruptcy, and placed a cement truck in the way manned by a confederate. He besides took hostages in order to ensure that the police did not try to attack them. Bane on a motorbike identical concisely crossbreed paths with Batman on the Batpod who was in pastime. After Selina attempted to find the houseclean slate drive at Daggett ‘s penthouse only to find the safe empty, Bane and the mercenaries arrived to secure the sphere. Once Bane ‘s genuine objective of Miranda Tate ( Talia ) taking over Wayne Enterprises was accomplished, Daggett furiously confronted Bane. The then expendable Daggett was then killed by him, and his body was put into a dumpster .

Breaking the Batman

When it is done and Gotham is ashes…then you have my permission to die.
―Bane to Batman.[src]

After Bruce met with Selina Kyle at her apartment about finding Bane, Selina offered to Bane to lead Batman into Bane ‘s sewer lair in switch over for survival indemnity. Bane and Batman began to fight each other. Batman fought valiantly to stop the terrorist, but the many years of isolation and miss of education had left the black knight in a attenuate country and unable to keep up with Bane ‘s superior potency and speed. Bane was attacked relentlessly, but the blows seemed to do no wrong at all and only staggered him. Bane managed to easily and quite viciously overpower, outmaneuver, and outthink Batman. Bane then revealed that they were under Wayne Enterprises ‘s secret armory and his plan to use the equipment to “ bring judge ”. Bane then countered Batman ‘s final fire and slipped one of his vertebra. He delivered a crippled Bruce Wayne to the Pit prison he himself was once imprisoned in, and stated that he would n’t kill a man that did not fear death, as he intended to psychologically torture him with the slow demise of Gotham City with Bruce being unable to do a matter. Bane said that when Gotham becomes ashes, then Bruce would have his license to die .

Taking Control of Gotham

Afterwards, Bane went to the Wayne Enterprises dining table room where he brought Miranda, Lucius Fox, and Douglas Fredericks from there to the Wayne Enterprises fusion nuclear reactor bunker and had Pavel modify the reactor into a nuclear bombard and he had the core removed thus that it besides became a time bombard. In addition, he besides had the police lured to the hideout to be trapped, and finally detonated the explosives laced around the city, killing hundreds of people, including Mayor Anthony Garcia. Anticipating that Gordon was still recovering at the hospital, he besides sent two of his men to kill Gordon, although Gordon managed to kill them before either of them could lay a feel on him. He then brought the bomb calorimeter out to the entire populace, and after having Pavel explain its properties, he killed him in front of everyone. Bane said that he had given the detonator to a citizen who would push the push button if they did n’t comply to his rules. In addition, in order to foster ensure that no one outside of Gotham attempted to interfere, he besides had Barsad inform the national guard that if they were to enter the city, or anyone escapes, the bomb would be detonated .

Ruling Over Gotham

We come here not as conquerors, but as liberators, to return this city to the people.
―Bane’s speech to the people of Gotham. [src]

After Bane returned to Gotham, he traveled with his men to Blackgate Prison. There he read Gordon ‘s planned confession, and undermined the cogency of the Dent act vitamin a well as of Dent ‘s heroic persona in front of the citizens of Gotham. Bane then ordered his men to storm the prison and “ liberate ” the prisoners, who were incarcerated under the “ corrupt ” laws of Gotham ‘s elite. Bane declared soldierly law and proclaimed that the city now belonged to the people, handing them the ability of “ justice ” over the “ corrupt ” Gotham elite that had “ enslaved ” them. Bane ‘s lecture subsequently caused a series of riots led by Gotham ‘s criminals and revolutionary working classify members, who raided the homes of the affluent and set-up a court presided by “ Judge ” Jonathan Crane, where the fat were sentenced to choose between either death or exile through the cross of a madly freeze river. Bane himself continued to await the bombard ‘s explosion while he observed Gotham ‘s self-destruction. A few months into the occupation, special Forces lead by Captain Jones infiltrated the city to gather intel on fighting back against Bane, even learning of the bombard true nature. however Talia tipped off Bane and his men killed Jones subordinates while Bane himself killed Jones. Bane then ordered their bodies hanged over the bridge for the universe to see .

Batman ‘s restitution

I broke you… How have you come back?

―Bane, after being defeated by Batman.[src]

After Batman ‘s return to Gotham City became apparent, he had some mercenaries stay close to Miranda at Gotham City Hall, anticipating that Batman would finally come to rescue her. soon after, his mercenaries entered a massive battle with the recently freed Gotham City Police and Bane himself fought Batman once more. however, this time Batman fought more patiently and based on his cognition of Bane ‘s weakness he struck Bane ‘s mask repeatedly and damaged it and caused Bane agonizing pain. A knocked out Bane attempted to futilely repair the disguise, but was unable to do so while Batman continued his attacks. An enrage and torment Bane was then put into a mindless fury as he attempted to promptly finish off Batman with a beastly barrage of punches. His attacks became stronger and faster, but besides desperate and less coordinated. Batman remained focused as ever and managed to defeat him in combat. During Batman ‘s question of Bane regarding the localization of the trigger to the bomb, Bane went unspeaking as Miranda stabbed Batman and revealed herself in the lobby of city hall as Talia. She explained her and Bane ‘s by as Bane shed a couple of tears while she fixed his mask. A recuperate Bane held a r-2 around Batman ‘s neck while Talia taunted Batman. Due to her trigger ‘s signal being blocked by Gordon, she left Bane to guard Batman so that Batman would survive long enough to see the bombard go off while she commanded the truck containing the nuclear meter fail. alone with Batman, Bane stated that both he and Batman knew what had to happen. Bane ignored Talia ‘s instruction and decided to kill Batman himself with a shotgun. but was shot at point-blank range in the chest by Selina Kyle with the Batpod ‘s cannon, killing him immediately, before he could execute Batman .


Bane is shown to be a capable close up range fighter in the Pit before being trained by the League of Shadows. During his fights with Batman, his abilities honed over the years are shown. He uses his beast lastingness and ferocity to gain an advantage over his opponents. He can snap necks and crush windpipes with ease. He can think and act quickly in the moment for whatever the situation may require. Bane besides has a mask that administers anaesthetic natural gas through tubes into his body which holds the pain from physical injury at bay. however, the mask is besides a weakness if it ‘s damaged as the annoyance is unleash .

luminary Quotes

  • “Oh, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark, I was born in it. Molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man by then it was nothing to me but blinding!”
  • “The shadows betray you, because they belong to me!”
  • “I will show you where I have made my home while preparing to bring justice. Then I will break you.”
  • “Peace has cost you your strength. Victory has defeated you.”
  • “You don’t fear death, you welcome it. Your punishment must be more severe.”
  • “Ah, yes, I was wondering what would break first. Your spirit, or your body!”
  • “Home, where I learned the truth about despair, as will you. There’s a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth… Hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy… So simple… And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamoring over each other to “stay in the sun.” You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra’s al Ghul’s destiny… We will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die.”

Behind the scenes

  • David Goyer suggested Bane to writer/director Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight Rises. Goyer said, “I first brought up Bane, I think Chris was initially horrified. And I said, ‘Hold on, hold on, hold on. This will be the Nolan version of Bane.'” “He’s a creepy, very physical character. Somebody who’s been physically distorted. I think Chris liked that.” Nolan was in search of a physical antagonist for the story.
  • Parts of Bane’s character was said by Nolan to have been based on Star Wars villain Darth Vader, “It’s a little bit of Darth Vader, a little bit of this, little bit of that…”. Nolan also said, “We wanted more of the Darth Vader, if you like, and that was very important in the story dynamics.”
  • Nolan compared Bane to Bruce Wayne on the wrong path, “…His past very much mirrors Bruce Wayne’s in interesting ways, from his training and with the League of Shadows background. Bane represents the wrong path of Bruce Wayne almost back to ‘Batman Begins.’ So Bane is the return of that danger. The wrong side for Bruce Wayne.”
  • Bane is known for the usage of the chemical drug venom for physical enhancement in the comics and other adaptations. In The Dark Knight Rises, a type of anesthetic relieves him of any pain and is directly administered into Bane’s airways through his mask.
  • Tom Hardy has described Bane as “brutal”. “He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It’s not about fighting. It’s about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action.”
  • There were some criticisms about Bane’s being difficult to understand after the The Dark Knight Rises prologue debuted in December 2011. The prologue voice was mostly changed in the later theatrical cut of the full film.
  • A controversy regarding the character ensued nearing the release of the film where several political pundits, including conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh, believed that Bane was intended to reference Bain Capital, the name of the company 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney formerly ran. Christopher Nolan called the comments “bizarre”, and Bane’s conservative co-creator Charles Dixon pointed out that Bane’s character in the film was closer to Occupy Wall Street.
  • Tom Hardy based Bane’s voice on that of an Irish traveler; though many have compared his voice to that of famed actor Sean Connery.


  • Bane’s costume for the film is markedly different from his comic book counterpart who wears a Mexican wrestler’s mask. In the film, his mask does not cover his full face, but rather his mouth, jaw, and his back head, with his eyes and brows clearly exposed. He also wears a military grade armored vest, with a matching pair of black combat pants complete with knee pads. He also periodically dons a brown trenchcoat.
  • Tom Hardy stands around 5’9″/5’10” (depending on the source) while Christian Bale is 6’0″. Since Bane towers over Batman in height in the comics, special film techniques were used to make Hardy’s stature and figure appear larger and imposing. In particular, three-inch lifts were added to Hardy’s boots to make him equal in height to other tall characters.
  • Bane holds many similarities with the French Revolutionary, Maximilien de Robespierre. This was in part due to the plot of The Dark Knight Rises being inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, which took place during the aftermath of the French Revolution, during Robespierre’s reign of terror.


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