Bane Co-Creator on His Portrayal in Dark Knight Rises

Though not the newest member of Batman’s rogues gallery, Bane is certainly still ‘younger’ than a lot of the other bad guys in the Batman mythos. Introduced in Batman: Vengeance of Bane in January of 1993, the character was created by co-writers Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and artist Graham Nolan so that he could be introduced later on in the comics for the one thing he’s always remembered for, breaking the bat.

If you remember the 1997 film Batman & Robin and the portrayal of Bane there (writer Chuck Dixon does), then you know they kind of did it wrong. While talking about the character with Philly.com, the Joel Schumacher film was brought up.

“They had him as almost an imbecile, when in the comics he is extremely smart,” Dixon said.

Dixon was much more happy with the way Nolan and Tom Hardy handled the character.

“Apparently, Warner Bros. was pressuring Nolan to use the Riddler, which would have been too similar to the Joker,” Dixon continued. “Plus, the Riddler, like the Joker and so many of Batman’s villains, is no challenge against him in a mano-a-mano fistfight. Batman will wipe the floor with him in that situation.
 
“I am beyond glad that Nolan had the juice in Hollywood to stick to his guns,” he added. “From interviews I’ve seen, it’s clear he understands the character and he gets what we were going for. It’s not exactly what I created, but he’s physically imposing and Tom Hardy is one hell of an actor. I can’t imagine Bane being better portrayed.”
 
What do you think of how Bane was portrayed in The Dark Knight Rises?