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T H E D A R K K N I G H T R I S E S ’ cast
Joseph Gordon-Levitt | Gary Oldman | Anne Hathaway | Juno Temple | Michael Caine | Cillian Murphy | Christian Bale | Liam Neeson | Tom Hardy | Marion Cotillard | Morgan Freeman | by Christopher Nolan
(I know, nothing is official about Cillian -I checked IMDb- but he has been spotted on set, so… let’s suppose he is in the ‘official’ cast :D)
I remember reading the Knightfall story arc in the pages of DC Comics like it was yesterday and know full well just how worthy a villain Bane can be when pitted against Batman. However, there are many of you out there who may know very little about Bane and to those people I say read this article with caution. I’m going to go a bit into detail about Bane’s origins and the story he is famous for. These elements may or may not be in this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises and I would hate for anything I write to spoil the film for you. So, like I said, read at your own risk.
Bane was born in the Caribbean Republic of Santa Prisca, in a prison called Peña Dura. His father had been a revolutionary who escaped Santa Prisca, but the corrupt government decreed that his son would serve out the man’s life sentence. After years in the prison, Bane is forced to become a test subject for a mysterious drug known as Venom. The experiment nearly kills Bane, but he survives and finds the drug increasing his physical strength. Soon after these experiments, Bane turns his thoughts to destroying Batman (because this is what drives most Batman villains).
Bane studies Batman and knows a direct attack on him would not work. So after escaping prison and heading to Gotham City, Bane destroys Arkham Asylum with a rocket launcher and sets its inmates on Gotham City. Batman spends the next few months rounding up the criminals. This tires out Batman and upon returning to Wayne Manor one night, Bane ambushes him. Bane kinda just figured out on his own that Batman was Bruce Wayne. Seriously. Anyways, Bane attacks Batman, defeats him, and breaks Batman’s back, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down . Bane thus becomes the man who has “Broken the Bat”.
We all know Bruce Wayne gets better, so that’s not really important information here. After all of this Bane goes back and forth between being a villain and a hero. He has yet to show up in the New 52, but when he does I suspect he’ll be a villain again. Well, I hope you liked the return of the Know Your DCU article and that this was a good prep for the Bane character!
Christian Bale battles it out with Tom Hardy on the set of The Dark Knight Rises in New York City on Saturday, November 5. The co-stars were in full costume as Batman and Bane as they shot fight scenes on the streets of the Big Apple.