I loved him.
It’s odd, because for the first hour, I thought, man, Bane is just not working. What’s wrong here? He just isn’t coming across as dangerous or motivated. He was a little bit baffling in every scene except possibly the opener, and I was starting to prepare for disappointment.
I should perhaps have been more trusting in Nolan. While still not quite the Bane I know from comics, he definitely became the presence I was hoping for. The voice is an odd choice, and I miss Bane being ethnically Latino. But I did love the film Bane and some scenes were positively haunting.
A huge number of people have asked my feelings about the twist in the Bane plot, which, they felt, mirrored elements of my version of Bane in Secret Six. I admit it occurred to me, and I’m reasonably certain someone on the film scripting team had read the book, as it was the most current version of Bane at the time, so it seems pretty likely.
IF they took inspiration from Secret Six, and I have no way of knowing if they did, but they certainly used stuff from lots of other comics, I am nothing but flattered. It’s a great film, a moving and haunting film, and that twist is the whole key to Bane’s character in the movie. It makes him deeper and more meaningful, which I think also happened in the comics for the same reason.
But even if they did borrow that bit, I still give all credit to Bane’s creators. Bane is a magnificent characters, full of hidden crannies and purpose, with one of the best origins in comics. When you read him and he’s boring or just a monster, that is the WRITER’S fault, not the character.
Bane is dangerous even apart from his physical strength. Bane is the guy who outthinks you AND outfights you. I dearly love him. If they borrowed, wonderful, I am happy. If it’s a coincidence, that’s fine too.