Bane

banefilmAnd here we are, the last part (for now) of casualgamer‘s request. With the gigantic Bane we speak of the last character officially revealed for the upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us. Bane made his first live action appearance in Batman & Robin, portrayed by Jeep Swanson (and by Michael Reid McKay in his skinny version). In the movie, he is Antonio Diego, a serial killer transformed by Dr. Jason Woodrue into a massive brute who can barely speak, a hulking, idiotic minion for the villainous Poison Ivy. He received a better portrayal in the recent The Dark Knight Rises, in which he’s introduced as a mysterious terrorist, a genius mastermind trained by the League of Shadows, who attacks Gotham City and utterly defeats its protector Batman. In the comics, Bane is some sort of amalgamation between the body of the Swanson’s version and the mind of Tom Hardy‘s one.

Bane’s real name is unknown, but we know much about his past to understand his origins. He was born the son of Edmund Dorrance, better known as the mercenary terrorist King Snake. When Dorrance was condemned to a life sentence penalty in Santa Prisca, a Caribbean republic, he escaped, leaving his lover and his newborn son behind him. Santa Prisca’s authority didn’t want to renounce to punish the criminal, and especially refused to be mocked at because of a single escape. The Government, whose popularity was rapidly decreasing because of a widespread corruption, decided that Dorrance’s son would have suffered his father’s life penalty, unless King Snake came back to take his place…something that clearly never happened. Bane, who was merely a child, and his mother, were locked up in Peña Duro, an incredibly tough and violent prison. His mother died when he was still very young, and he was forced to assist to the “funeral”, during which the prison guards threw the woman’s corpse down of Punto De Tiburon, the prison’s cliffs, into the shark-infested waters banecomics1beneath. This event, with the fact of being alone in a prison full of murderers and bandits, hardened the child’s heart, but also sharpened his resolution of surviving. His only friend in the prison was a teddy bear he always kept along, named Osito, but he managed to find some sympathizers between the poltical prisoners of Peña Duro, including a Jesuit priest, who gave him classical education and taught him to read and wright. He started to read every book he could put his hands on, using his photographic memory to memorize every single notion he found; he also started to train his body in the prison’s gym, becoming quite muscular for a boy his age. He committed his first homicide at the age of eight, when another prisoner tried to attack him, and the little boy stabbed him with the knife he kept concealed inside Osito’s body. From that day, the boy started dreaming of a giant bat, who haunted him in his nightmares. Growing up, the boy became a man, and the man became the undisputed king of Peña Duro, feared by all the other prisoners. Young Bane had become and extremely intelligent and strong man, with no regard for human life, a harsh tyrant in a harsh world.

Everything changed in his life when the guards took him away from the prison, forcing him to be a test subject for a new experimental drug, Venom. Every other prisoner used for the experimentation had been killed by the drug, but Bane survived, even if barely. Furthermore, Venom increased his body size, his strength and resistance, giving him a superhuman body which could finally keep pace with his brilliant mind. Venom, however, had a side-effect, causing a total addiction to it: if Bane didn’t inject it directly in his brain through a system of cables every twelve hours, his physique suffered from a great debilitation. In the following days, Bane heard stories about Gotham City and its vigilante, Batman: he saw the city as a banecomics2universe similar to Peña Duro, since fear ruled ther as it was ruling in the prison; Peña Duro feared Bane, while Gotham feared Batman. He started to see Batman as the resemblance of the demonic bat that had been haunting his dreams since childhood, and decided to destroy it. He escaped Peña Duro along with three accomplices, ZombieTrogg and Bird. He arrived in Gotham, and took his time to study Batman, instead of attacking him directly. He destroyed the walls of Arkham Asylum, letting all the prisoners escape. Catching the criminals took Batman three months, a period during which Bane studied him, and arrived to guess his secret identity. When the time arrived to attack, Bane was waiting for his enemy in Wayne Manor: the two of them started fighting, but the hero was just too exhausted from his long hunt to be a match for Bane. The fight ended in the Batcave, where Bane lifted Batman upon his head, and crushed him on his knee, breaking his spine and leaving him a paraplegic. From that day, Bane would have been known as The Man Who Broke the Bat. Bane became the new Gotham’s crimelord, and was stopped months later by Wayne’s successor, Jean-Paul Valley, after a fight in which both the criminal and the new Batman almost got killed. In the following years, Bane became a recurrent threat for Wayne, who took back his Batman mantle, and all the other heroes in Gotham and outside of it, but also proved to be capable of heroic deeds, becoming a member of the reformed villains’ team Suicide Squad. He managed to quit with Venom, and, fighting his addiction, trained his body to the maximum human possibilities, still being a lethal opponent for whoever crossed his path.

Bane is a genius tactician with an incredibly brilliant mind and a photographic memory that allows him to learn anything in no time; he fluently speaks several languages, both active and dead ones, and has a complete mastership over many scientific fields. Bane trained his body to keep up with his mind, and is one of the greatest martial artists on planet, having been trained by masters such as Ra’s Al Ghul, under which he served as a bodyguard for some time. His strength, agility and speed are on peak human levels, but, when fueled with Venom, he easily reaches superhuman levels, becoming even more dangerous. On Venom overdose, anyway, he sacrifices his mind to pure strength, something that has been proved to be a major weakness.

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17 Comments

  1. Com’è una memoria fotogenica? è una memoria che viene bene nelle foto? …io pensavo si dicesse fotografica, no?

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  3. […] Knight Rises, both mocking a captive Wayne and spurring him to react and to surpass the muscular Bane. Waiting to see what Arrow will make of him, let’s see who this imposing villain is in the […]

  4. […] but he doesn’t have much of a role in the movie (he participates to the final battle against Bane‘s terrorists, and little more), so it cannot be considered a certainty. Anyway, let’s […]

  5. […] She’s defeated by Batgirl at the end of the movie, along with her slave, a brainless Bane. Don’t worry, the comics version is much better: let’s see […]

  6. […] one could bend the wills of criminals such as Deadshot, Count Vertigo, Dr. Light, Poison Ivy, Bane and many others, and in this sense Amanda is the most suitable asset for her task. However, her […]

  7. […] City; when his master is killed, he becomes an independent crimelord, and later a minion of Bane. Let’s see who Scarecrow is in the […]

  8. […] times, and she collected many adventures: as Catwoman, she once allied herself with the mercenary Bane, and later betrayed him helping his enemy Azrael; as Selina, she became CEO of Randolf […]

  9. […] couldn’t visit as a child, in order to erase from history his bad childhood memories. When Bane helped him escape from Arkham Asylum along with many other psychos, Firefly started his personal […]

  10. […] Society, also suffering some losses, but recruiting new members in substitution of them (such as Bane or Catman). Among the new entries there was also Knockout, a super-strong villainess who acted as […]

  11. […] Arkham’s inmates, the Mad Hatter eventually found a way to escape (the first time thanks to Bane‘s all-out assault on the asylum), and took shelter in Hill Mansion, the house of former […]

  12. […] Then, Bane came, and he changed everything. In a personal war against Batman, Bane destroyed Arkham Asylum, releasing all the monsters it contained on Gotham and enlisting them in his personal anti-Bat army. Also freaks that were already free joined the alliance, and Cornelius Stirk was among the ones who gladly aided Bane in his crusade (he had met Batman once, after he had killed and eaten a man named Ed Hunt and the Dark Knight had tracked him down). Stirk teamed up with The Joker, who planned to contribute to the destruction of Batman by kidnapping his closest ally, Commissioner Gordon. The cannibal volunteered for the mission, and he appeared to the Commissioner as Batman himself…but he didn’t exactly stick to the plan, much to Joker’s annoyance, and he tried to murder Gordon istead of abducting him. Assaulting the Commissioner with a knife, Stirk proceeded to project fear into him, making him all the more delicious…until the real Batman arrived, interrupting the attack. Gordon was saved, but fear had taken the best part of him, and his wife Sarah was forced to bring him to a hospital; in the meanwhile, Stirk tried to escape, but Batman managed to find him despite his illusions, and he arrested him. Since Arkham had been destroyed, Stirk was sent to Blackgate Penitentiary. Monsters like him, Amygdala and Poison Ivy were locked with normal criminals, and the prison’s direction desperately tried to find a way to make all the inmates get along…and they actually found it in quite an unexpected way, by organizing a softball tournament to keep all the maniacs distracted. Cornelius himself apreciated the game very much, and he proved to be a skilled pitcher…he enjoyed the ball, since it felt just like a human heart in his hand. When Arkham Asylum was rebuilt, Stirk was transferred there again, resuming his never finished treatment…not that there was anything to do for such a twisted and cruel mind, obviously. […]

  13. […] ambition than wits. When a new, strongly addictive drug named Tar was created (a derivative of Bane‘s Venom), LeTonya was intrigued by its side-effects: the drug drastically augmented the […]

  14. […] put on the same path as many superheroes and supervillains, such as Green Arrow, Black Canary, Bane, Nightwing, Prometheus and many others, always learning what she could from her masters and […]

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  16. […] a mad scientist who uses the research of his colleague Pamela Isley to create the super-soldier Bane; he also tries to kill Isley when he’s busted, with the only result of creating Poison […]


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