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"Bane" is the first episode of Season 3 of Batman: The Animated Series. It first premiered on September 10, 1994. This is the only time that Bane appeared as an episode's main villain.


Bane meets Rupert Thorne

Bane is introduced to Rupert Thorne.

After being crossed for the umpteenth time by Batman, Rupert Thorne decides to hire the chemically-powered superhuman Bane to assassinate the Dark Knight once and for all. Upon arriving in Gotham, Bane strikes up a friendship with Thorne's aide Candice and meets with Thorne, who pays him a suitcase full of diamonds.

Rather than rushing in, Bane, curious to know how Batman fights, decides to tail the recently escaped Killer Croc to a construction yard. Croc is already on the run from Batman & Robin and Bane confronts him in the sewer. They fight, but Bane quickly overwhelms Croc and knocks him out. To leave his calling card, Bane literally smashes up the front of the Batmobile with his bare hands.

Batman visits Croc in Stonegate for details on the mysterious "helper". After Batman tortures him lightly, Croc describes his attacker as a huge man with a South American accent with tubes wired into his head which pumped him up twice as big and warns Batman not to underestimate him.

Back at the Batcave, Batman relates Croc's description with records of "Project Gilgamesh", a scientific experiment in a Cuban prison to create super soldiers which resulted in Bane. Given Bane's high fee, and since Roland Daggett and Arnold Stromwell are no longer in the business, Batman quickly hits on Thorne as the only one of his enemies left with enough spare cash to hire the assassin.

Bane captures Robin

Bane captures Robin.

Meanwhile, Bane and Candice grow closer, plotting to overthrow and kill Thorne to take over his criminal empire together once Batman is defeated. Robin spies on Thorne and Bane with binoculars from a nearby building as Batman tails Candice in the now-repaired Batmobile. Unfortunately, Bane sneaks up behind Robin and a rooftop chase ensues. Robin holds his own but is eventually caught and knocked out. Bane, surprised by Robin's courage, realizes just how he could use him to his advantage.

Batman follows Candice to her apartment and starts questioning her about Bane. She tells him that Bane is fascinated by him, knows everything about him, and his biggest dream is to defeat him. Just as Candice mocks Batman for not realizing that Bane is spying on him too, Batman receives a call from Bane himself, saying that he has kidnapped Robin, and ordering Batman to the wharves. Candice also leaves for the same destination.

On the ship The Rose's Thorn, Bane has chained Robin to a crane and tied weights around his legs. He then lowers the crane into the ship's hold, which is filling with water. Batman arrives, and Bane pumps himself up and duels with him. Batman's speed and agility allow him to stay ahead of Bane's brute strength. Eventually, Batman uses a harpoon gun to send Bane flying off the ship and into the water.

Batman then attempts to free Robin, which he manages to do just as an enraged Bane returns and resumes the fight, kicking Robin back into the pool. Robin beckons to Candice, who calmly removes her shoes and jumps into the water to fight him.

Bane prepares to break Batman

Bane prepares to break Batman.

Unimpressed with Batman's effort Bane literally beats him helplessly. He offers Batman mercy, and he refuses. Bane raises him into the air, preparing to break his back over his knee. However, Batman jams a Batarang into the venom control on Bane's wrist, and the venom starts pumping into Bane's body non-stop, sending his heart beating rapidly and literally inflating him. Just as Bane begins to reach the risk of a critical heart attack, Batman pulls the venom tube out of Bane's head, and Bane deflates, exhausted and without his strength, but still alive. Meanwhile, Robin wins the fight against Candice, who flees back to Thorne.

Batman carries the weakened Bane back to Thorne's office and mocks him for not giving him a better challenge. Batman also plays a recording of Candice's conversation with Bane, discussing their plans to murder Thorne next. Satisfied, Batman leaves the office as Thorne turns angrily on his treacherous secretary.


Background information[]

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Production notes[]

  • Mitch Brian has stated that this episode was a reaction to disliking Bane breaking Batman's back in the comics. "There was no real enthusiasm for that on my end or on Bruce's end as I remember the situation."[1] Bruce Timm has stated that the episode was done "under duress."[2]
  • According to Mitch Brian, when Bruce Timm pitched the episode to him, he said to "play up the Mexican wrestler idea." Running with the idea, Mitch added the idea of having Batman and Bane bouncing off the railing of the ship they fight on to emulate the rope in a wrestling ring.[1]

Production inconsistencies[]

  • When Batman watches the film explaining the origin of Bane, a misspelling can be seen in the Spanish title shown as "Projecto Gilgamesh". The correct spelling of the word in Spanish is "Proyecto".
  • When Robin is staked out on the building across the street to spy on Bane and Thorne, he has surveillance equipment with him. As Bane charges at Robin, the equipment is still there. However, a moment later as the two begin to fight, the equipment has suddenly vanished.
  • Bane's mouth doesn't move when he starts to inflate and yells, "HELP ME!".
  • As Croc waits for Batman in the sewers, the water goes only up to his feet. However, when Bane confronts him seconds later, the water goes up to Croc's waist.


  • This episode marks the first animated appearance of Bane (one year after his debut in DC Comics), and his only appearance in Batman: The Animated Series.
  • The creative team didn't like Bane because they felt he was a gimmick character.
  • The second and final appearance of Candice, Thorne's assistant.
  • This episode marks the final appearance of Killer Croc on Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Bane's comic version wears a full-face mask, but the animated version wears a similar mask that exposes his nose and mouth.
  • This is the only time in the DCAU that Bane's true face is seen; the episode makes a joke of it, making Bane's face so boyish that nobody could possibly be scared of it.
  • When Alfred hands Bruce the paper with Thorne's name on it, the text underneath is taken from chapter 3 of Joseph Sheppard's "Realistic Figure Drawing".
  • The final fight scene, when Bane demands that Batman beg for mercy, and then threatens to break his back, is an homage to the comics storyline Knightfall when Bane does just that and declares himself ruler of Gotham City. Other references include Bane's easy defeat of Croc (which happened shortly before Knightfall), Croc telling Batman that Bane will snap him in two, and Bane's abduction of Robin.
  • Henry Silva (Bane) and John Vernon (Rupert Thorne) had both previously appeared in the 1983 women-in-prison exploitation film Chained Heat.
  • Bane is the second villain who decides to study Batman's moves and methods before fighting him directly. The first was Temple Fugate.


Actor Role
Kevin Conroy Batman
Loren Lester Robin
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Alfred Pennyworth
Aron Kincaid Killer Croc
Joe Lala Dicky the Thug
Diane Michelle Candice
Henry Silva Bane
John Vernon Rupert Thorne

Uncredited appearances[]


Killer Croc: Come on in, Batman. The water's fine.
(Bane punches a hole in the wall and confronts Croc)
Bane: He is mine to destroy, monster!
Killer Croc: Over my dead body.
Bane: As you wish.

Batman: He trashed my car, Alfred. Between a couple of guys, that's real personal.

Killer Croc: He was huge. He had these tubes in his head. Pumped him up twice as big right in front of my eyes. And he had an accent. South American or somethin'.
Batman: See? That wasn't so hard.
Killer Croc: You'll know hard, Bats, once he sucks that juice into his brain and snaps you in two.
Batman: Don't bet on it, Killer. Later, gator.

Batman: So the question is, who wants to eliminate me?
Alfred: That line is forming around the block, sir.
Batman: Let me put it this way: who has five million to spend?
(Alfred presents a newspaper with Rupert Thorne's name on it)

Bane: I have anticipated his every move. Very soon now, I will allow you the pleasure of drawing the mask from Batman's decimated face.
Candice: With Batman out of the way, Gotham could be yours. So could I.
Bane: And what about your employer?
Candice: Well, accidents do happen.

Bane: (After subduing Robin) You have courage for one so small. You can yet be of use to me.

Bane: I've been watching you, Batman. Were I a common sniper, you'd have never reached the phone.
Batman: What do you want, Bane?
Bane: To ask you a simple question. What do you value most? Or better said, who do you value most?

Bane: Welcome to my arena, Batman. Prepare to meet your master.


Bane: Toys. You try to fight me with pathetic little toys!

Bane: You've got nothing! Beg for mercy! Scream my name!
Batman: Never!
Bane: You are beaten! Now I will break you!

Bane: You can't do this to me! I AM INVINCIBLE! I AM BANE!


  1. 1.0 1.1 Batman: The Animated Podcast Episode 64. Bane - Mitch Brian
  2. "Animated Steel: The men behind the Dark Knight file the flight plan for Superman" by Pat Jankiewicz - Comics Scene Magazine #54