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"You can't do this to me! I am invincible! I AM BANE!"[1]

Bane was a chemically boosted assassin, and a recuring nemesis of Batman.


The man that would later be known as Bane was an inmate of Pena Duro, a Cuban prison meant to contain the hardest, most dangerous convicts. He was chosen as a test subject for "Project Gilgamesh", a government project to create super-soldiers with the new "super-steroid", Venom. The experiment was too successful - Bane escaped Cuba, stole the formula for Venom with him and presumably killed everyone related to the project, as Batman stated that Bane was the only one who knew how to manufacture Venom. He then hired out his services as a freelance assassin, and eventually built his reputation to the point where he could demand five million dollars per job.[1]

Being hired by Rupert Thorne to eliminate Batman was the job that Bane had been waiting for. In his career, Bane had become fascinated by Batman, and had studied him carefully in prison. Bane had also schemed to supplant Thorne as head of organized crime in Gotham City with the help of Thorne's moll, Candace, who sought a partnership with Bane to overthrow Thorne. Bane went about getting Batman's attention by destroying the Batmobile with his bare hands, beating Killer Croc so severely that it left Croc in traction, and kidnapped Robin. In the end, Bane came close, but just as he was about to "break" Batman, the Dark Knight jammed a Batarang into his Venom distributor and gave him a dangerous overdose. A moment later, Batman pulled the Venom tube out of Bane's head before he suffered a fatal heart attack, then dragged him back to Thorne's office. There, he pulled off Bane's mask and taunted the crime boss to do better and revealed Candace's treachery.[1]

When Batgirl fell under the influence of the Scarecrow's Fear Gas, she experienced a nightmare where her father went mad with grief upon learning of his daughter's alter ego and cut a deal to release Bane from Stonegate Penitentiary in exchange for Batman's capture. In the final moments of the hallucination, Bane double-crossed Gordon, but was killed by Batman, who delivered him a fatal electric shock through his severed venom tube. In his final moments, Bane flung the Bat-signal at Batman, and knocked both him and Gordon off the roof of GPD headquarters before he died.[2]

Bane later returned to Gotham City with a new, and enhanced form of Venom. During Batman's unexplained absence from Gotham, Bane proposed an alliance with the Riddler and the Mad Hatter to rule the city, but this scheme was foiled by Superman (temporarily impersonating Batman) and Robin. Even though Bane was stronger than ever, he was only barely a match for Superman, until he pushed the Man of Steel too far and took a vicious beating.[3]

Unlike many other of Batman's enemies, Bane had no diagnosed mental problems, and so was usually incarcerated in Stonegate instead of Arkham Asylum.[2] Batman kept Bane's first mask and Venom tank for display in the Batcave.[5]

Sometime later, Bane was hired by the Penguin and Thorne to help protect an arms deal they had arranged with the Kaznian Military. He went up against Batman and the new vigilante, Batwoman. The fight ended aboard a Burning Cruise Liner, where the Dark Knight managed to cut Bane's Venom pump and threw him overboard into a fiery pit, but Bane survived and escaped.[4]Bane, however, was eventually arrested and sent to prison.

Later years[]


Bane in his later years.

Decades later, following his release from prison, Bane lived on a remote island estate. His constant use of Venom had degraded his body and transformed him into a wheelchair-bound invalid, breathing with a respirator, barely able to move and needing constant infusions of Venom just to stay alive. In fact, Bane became so weak that he had to trust his assistant, Jackson Chappell with the secret formula of Venom to supply and administer his Venom dependency. While Bane became a shadow of his former self, his earlier revelation of the formula to Chappell unintentionally resulted in the inwardly corrupt man deciding to cash in by turning Venom into easy-to-use "Slappers" and make money on the side by selling them to teenagers. However, the new Batman stopped Chappell. Presumably, Wayne and McGinnis afterward contacted the proper authorities to make sure that Bane would not have his care neglected.[6]

Powers and abilities[]

Bane was an Olympic-level athlete with immense strength and was able to punch through a solid brick wall with little trouble even when not infused with Venom. When the Venom was injected into his brain (from a dispenser usually mounted on his arm, and fed through tubes connected to his mask), Bane achieved superhuman strength and endurance (although he was no match for Superman and was defeated by him).[1][3]

However, the Venom could be dangerous when used in excess: during their first encounter, Batman defeated Bane by triggering an overdose of the drug into Bane's head, stopping the flow just before Bane literally burst.[1]

Bane was also highly intelligent, with a talent for planning and careful study of his target.[1]

Background information[]

  • Bane was one of Batman's most notorious foes from the DC Comics and achieved what none of his other foes ever did: he defeated Batman in combat, beat him into submission, and broke his back. The climax of the episode "Bane" of Batman: The Animated Series paid tribute to that scene, when Bane demanded that Batman plead for mercy, and then threatened to break him, and Croc's words that Bane would snap Batman in two were likely an allusion as well.
  • Bane was also one of Batman's most intelligent foes, having read extensively while in prison until he developed a genius-level intellect, and had a master's command of strategy and tactics. Rather than attack Batman directly, he engineered a mass breakout from Arkham Asylum, waited until Batman had exhausted himself from rounding up the other escapees, and could be easily beaten. He also discovered Batman's secret identity, after observing Bruce Wayne at a fundraiser and seeing the similarity of movement.
  • There was another reference to the original Knightfall Storyline in the Superman: The Animated Series episode: "Knight Time": Confronted by Superman (disguised as Batman), Bane commented: "I feared you had gone forever, Batman. And that would have meant I'd never feel your spine crumble in my hands".
  • The producers were reluctant to use him in the series and felt that he was a gimmick character. This may explain the infrequency of his appearances. He never made more than one appearance in any of the series that he appeared in.


Batman: The Animated Series

The New Batman Adventures

Superman: The Animated Series

Feature film[]

Batman Beyond


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Brian, Mitch (writer) & Altieri, Kevin (director) (September 10, 1994). "Bane". The Adventures of Batman & Robin. Season 3. Episode 1 (airdate). Episode 75 (production). FOX Kids.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dini, Paul (writer) & Yano, Yuichiro (director) (May 23, 1998). "Over the Edge". The New Batman Adventures. Episode 11 (airdate). Episode 12 (production). Season 1. Kids WB!.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Goodman, Robert (writer) & Geda, Curt (director) (October 10, 1998). "Knight Time". Superman: The Animated Series. Season 3. Episode 2 (airdate). Episode 43 (production). Kids WB!.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Melniker, B., Uslan, M., Schwartz, S., Burnett, A., Dean, M. M., Page, K., Geda, C. (Producers), & Geda, C. (Director). (2003). Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. United States: Warner Bros. Animation.
  5. http://web.archive.org/web/20040206140650/http://www.batman-superman.com/batman/index.html
  6. Fogel, Rich (writer) & Suzuki, Yukio (director) (April 11, 1999). "The Winning Edge". Batman Beyond. Season 1. Episode 9 (airdate). Episode 5 (production). Kids WB!.

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