Spotlight: Bane

Well happy Saturday to you guys!!! It’s like…12pm my time, and be honest I haven’t really done much but lie around my house, but I’m hoping that you guys (whoever is reading this. Haa.) are having a wonderful and eventful day. I’m pretty sure my day will amount to me cleaning and forcing myself to finish a few more chapters in Harem. Exciting.


Anywho, in an effort to get myself writing more I decided to dedicate every Saturday, or every other Saturday to something that has become a great and addicting hobby of mine, comics. So, from here on out my Saturdays will be Super Saturdays. This is where I will pick a super hero or super villain (mind you, I’m far more partial to the super villains and the anti-heroes…so you’ll get a lot of those) to gush about.


For a moment I was super confused as to what character I should start with…and then something hit me, today is Tom Hardy’s birthday. Yes, I said Tom Hardy; the awesome, deliciously rugged, British actor who got our attention as Eames in Inception and then played a heartfelt yet tough role as Tommy in Warrior. They are indeed one in the same, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m completely and totally, head over heels addicted to this man. So, being a the huge Batman and Nolan fan that I am, you can imagine how pleased I was to find out that he would play Bane in the final of the Nolan/Batman trilogy. And boy, did he play the part well. So well, in fact, that it made me question my love of the Joker, who had been my infatuation (alongside the big Bat himself) since I first watched the animated series all those many years ago. So, who would I be to pick any other super hero or villain than Bane for the start of this wonderful Super Saturday?


I’ll be honest with you guys, other than the fact that the man is huge and on some medication called Venom which is like a steroid or something, I really didn’t know that much about Bane before TDKR. Like I said before, I was infatuated with the Joker, and other than Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn, there weren’t many characters in the Batman universe that I took any serious note of. I have to thank Tom Hardy for changing that for me. Ha. Immediately after watching TDKR (for which I cried multiple times), I was like, “Whoa…I need to know more about this dude,” because on screen he comes across as menacing and terrifying, but he isn’t a thug or bully. He’s smart and calculating. Dude, knows what he’s doing.


So through the limited research I did, thanks to the Batman Wiki, this is some of what I’ve come up with:


“The origin of Bane has similarities with another fictional character, Alexandre Dumas’ Edmond Dantes. Born to serve the life sentence of his father, Bane’s childhood and early adult life are spent behind the walls of Peña Duro, an infamous prison located in Santa Prisca. Though imprisoned, his natural abilities allow him to develop extraordinary skills within the prison’s walls. He reads as many books as he can get his hands on, builds up his body in the prison’s gymnasium, and learns to fight in the merciless school of prison life. Despite his circumstances, he appears to have found teachers of various sorts during his incarceration, ranging from hardened convicts to an elderly Jesuit priest, under whose tutelage he apparently receives a classical education. Bane murders this priest upon his return to Santa Prisca years later. However, he commits his first murder at the age of eight, stabbing a criminal who wanted to use him to gain information about the prison.

During his years in prison, Bane carries a teddy bear he calls Osito (Spanish for “little bear”), whom he considers his only friend. It is revealed that Osito has a hole in his back to hold a knife that Bane uses against anyone who bullies him (this is spoofed in Italian superhero parody Rat-Man by Leo Ortolani where the titular bumbling and goofy superhero has constant and heated discussions with a stuffed teddy called Piccettino, whose voice only he can hear).

Bane ultimately establishes himself as the “king” of Peña Duro prison. The prison’s controllers take note and, eventually, force him to become a test subject for a mysterious drug known as Venom, which had killed all other subjects. It nearly kills him at first, but he survives and finds its effects enhance his physical strength, although he needs to take it every 12 hours (via a system of cables pumped directly into his brain) or he would suffer debilitating side-effects.”


Sooo, since my whole addiction to this character stems from Tom Hardy and TDKR and Christopher Nolan, I just have to point out the differences between the comics and the film that drew me to Bane (this sentence sounds like I’m leading up to some intense explanation, but it’s gonna be short and sweet). So firstly, the mask. I hated the wrestling mask look that Comic Bane has. It’s always gotten on my nerves, and Nolan’s take on what Bane would look like…just wow. That mask is iconic. I love that the mouth of the mask kind of resembles this animalistic maw and the tubes that administer his analgesic kind of look like teeth or spider legs. All of it just looks menacing, and I love it. Next, the voice. Now I know that there are many of you just weren’t feeling the voice Hardy dreamt up and even more of you were finding it hard to understand what he was saying half the time. I guess I’m just one of those lucky few who didn’t have that problem. I understood everything Bane said just fine AND, to go a step further, his voice gave me goosebumps… Ya know…in a sexual sadistic sort of way. Here’s a biggie that I just loved. Homie wasn’t on venom, he was on something that was like morphine…but ya know, stronger. I remember sitting with my friend and us having a conversation about why he didn’t like that angle of Bane and how he felt that Nolan could have, instead of using Venom, used some kind of steroid. And yeah, I mean he could have, but I like the almost-morphine idea better? Why? Well, there is just something so terrifying about a guy who is constantly in so much pain, who still functions quite well, that he has to spend his life on an analgesic. Yeah, that scares me. Add to that the fact that he’s built like the Hulk, generally feels no pain unless his mask is fucked with, and can beat an armored man nearly to death with his bare hands…well now you’ve got yourself one seriously scary villain. I could go into a lot more…like his costume: like Nolan’s idea better, and his relationship with Talia. Which by the way, upon further inspection, I think it’s very clear that she didn’t really feel the same way about him as he did about her. He seriously loved her (and I don’t know if it was romantic love…but still), and I honestly think she was just using him. I mean, it’s possible that she loved him, but Talia’s fucked up…who even knows if she knows how to love. Or if Bane does, for that matter…


Okay, I’m stopping here. I could go on, I could really gush, but I feel like it would all be about Tom Hardy. And as much as I would love to do that, it’s late and I wanna go to bed. I hope you enjoyed my very first Super Saturday….even though this is Sunday. Heh. If I’m feeling up to par, I’ll do another next Saturday, though the way I’m feeling now it will probably be the Saturday after next. Every other Saturday sounds like a much better plan to me.


Until next time!


See ya!


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