Tom Hardy in INCEPTION | ©2010 Warner Bros.

Tom Hardy in INCEPTION | ©2010 Warner Bros.

Well, now we know: The two villains that will square off against Christian Bale’s gravelly-voiced Gotham City crusader in the third Christopher Nolan-helmed Batman film DARK KNIGHT RISES will be Catwoman (purrfect) and Bane (snap!) played by Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy, respectively.

With a fan base not only devoutly dedicated to the many years of continuity in the Bat-comics, but impressed by Nolan’s unique, some might even say pseudo-realistic take on the surreal shenanigans of the cowled one and his extensive rogues’ gallery, how exactly do you handle reintroducing both of these antagonists in a way sure to please as many moviegoers as possible?

Maybe we need to start with some basics, like the elements of their personalities or storylines from their pasts that make these characters what they are, so here we present a few things to keep in mind as we witness their latest incarnations coming to life on the silver screen (see our companion article for more on Batman’s feline fatale by CLICKING HERE).

1) He’s the “Man Who Broke the Bat” – One of the most memorable aspects of the character’s history is his first appearance during the “Knightfall” storyline, in which he literally broke Batman’s back (he got better). Will Nolan’s Bane snap Bale like a twig? Here’s hoping.

Bane breaks the Bat! | ©2011 DC Comics.

Bane breaks the Bat! | ©2011 DC Comics.


2) He’s Not as Dumb as He Looks – A master strategist, multilingual, and far more sane than he appears, Bane is not a big, thick-headed brute, but a smart operator that can think around a problem as well as he can punch through it.

Bane's sharp for a guy with a full head mask. | ©2011 DC Comics.

Bane's sharp for a guy with a full head mask. | ©2011 DC Comics.

3) He’s Morally Ambiguous – This will look familiar when you also read the Catwoman article. Bane has fluctuated from being an out-and-out villain to an antihero on a crusade against drug trafficking, so he has his soft and cuddly side…sort of.

Bane gets some cuddle time. | ©2011 DC Comics.

Bane gets some cuddle time. | ©2011 DC Comics.

4) He Has an Iconic Look – He’s turned up in comics, cartoons, and yes even BATMAN & ROBIN (there, I said it), but his look has remained pretty consistent as a muscle-bound Mexican wrestler on steroids…because it works.

Bane as he appeared in BATMAN & ROBIN. | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Bane as he appeared in BATMAN & ROBIN. | ©2011 Warner Bros.

5) He’s No Penguin – Nolan once said he wouldn’t use the Penguin because he’s too fanciful and coming up with the right approach “would be tricky.” Bane is already well within the realm of possibility, and a Nolanesque take on him could be very successful.

Bane barrels toward movie stardom. | ©2011 DC Comics.

Bane barrels toward movie stardom. | ©2011 DC Comics.

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  2. Great article as always, Arnold.

    For me, the exciting thing about Bane, in movie terms, is how his origin is wrapped up in Batman’s attempts to better himself. A movie take on the Venom storyline (in which Bruce uses the same high powered steroids as Bane in a misguided attempt to become a better Batman) would be just about perfect,for me. Which is ironic, I guess, since Bane isn’t in it (being a later creation retconned as being ‘off-screen’ during Venom)

    Nuallain

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