‘Dark Knight Rises': Bane’s Backstory & Maskless Face Revealed

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 11:04 am,

Dark Knight Rises Trailer Discussion Dark Knight Rises: Banes Backstory & Maskless Face Revealed

You can usually gauge how well a movie has crafted its central villain by the length of time that discussion of, and fascination with, said villain lasts after the movie has been released. Despite all the claims that Tom Hardy’s Bane in Dark Knight Rises wasn’t going to be able to hold a candle to Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight, we’ve been seeing and hearing about Bane quite extensively lately – most notably in the sheer flood of Internet memes that have been created in half-celebration, half-mockery, of the whimsically-voiced terrorist.

Today we add to our “Banemania” with news of a Dark Knight Rises deleted scene that reveals more story behind Bane’s life-changing injury, with a few photos from the TDKR set of Hardy without his Bane mask on, and his (cosmetically applied) scars showing.

Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (Dark Knight Trilogy, Casino Royale) was doing an interview with GQ about the wardrobe she designed for Bane in Dark Knight Rises, and in the course of that discussion, let slip about a scene that didn’t actually make it into the theatrical cut of the film. At this point it would be kind of silly to call the following a SPOILER – but all the same, for those who like to stay uninformed about their deleted scenes until they see them: MILD DELETED SCENE SPOILER BELOW.

Said Lindy, about the scene:

[The Movie is] not out in England yet, but the other thing that you should have seen during that sequence is [Bane] being injured in his youth. So one of the fundamental things about his costume is that he has this scar from the back injury. Even if he hasn’t got the bulletproof vest on, he still has to wear the waist belt and the braces. In that scene in the prison, where he’s learning to fight the same way Batman learned to fight, he’s wearing an early version of his waist belt. It’s showing support, but it’s not the finished one he eventually wears. He’s also wearing an early version of his gas mask, all glued together.

Well, if you look at the film, unless they’ve cut it—and I’m sure they haven’t—there’s a whole early section for Tom Hardy where he’s fighting and being taunted by people. He’s got chains on him, and he’s standing on a wooden thing while people are attacking him. And in that scene, he’s wearing a much more ragged, primitive version of the mask…I suppose you have to cut things. I won’t elaborate on it too much, because it isn’t in the film, but there was another section that showed you why he had the mask and where it came from.

From that description, it seems like there was a fair amount of “Bane Begins” included in the film. Our controversial Dark Knight Rises podcast features a large segment with me nitpicking the development of the antagonists in the film, but given the final shape of the theatrical cut, I’m not sure that there was much room for more Bane backstory. Besides: seeing the evolution of Bane wouldn’t have been nearly as fun as hearing his “I became a man in the darkness” speech. Classic Bane.

Just for fun, check out these old set photos of Tom Hardy without his Bane mask, hanging out on the set of Dark Knight Rises:


You can clearly see the scar that resulted from the injuries Hemming described.

For all the mockery, the controversy over his voice, and the comparisons to Ledger’s Joker, it is clear that Nolan, Hardy and Co. scored a pretty solid victory in terms of making their version of Bane not only memorable, but also a mainstream name. Eat your hearts out, Riddler and Penguin…

For more Banely goodness, check out the following:

The Dark Knight Rises is now in theaters.

Sources: GQ (via Collider), Screen Crush

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  1. Christopher Nolan Rises again,The film contains a fine cast of talented actors. I just have to say everyone and anyone should see it. 10/10.

    • With all it’s plot holes plodding development, manipulative nature, and the fact that Batman seems less like Batman and more like a man pretending to be Batman I’d say 6.75/10. Although I do agree just about anyone should see it.

      • No DOUBT. POS…except for the last 30 mins… You people nowadays can have you s*** batman lol

  2. There wasn’t any room for the bane backstory because TDKR was a bloated movie.

  3. just saw the movie. and it was awesome.

  4. Bane was the best bad guy for the past decade, since Jack played the joker. He was a beast. Loved him in this movie. He was what a bad guy should be and he beat Batman ask me no questions. Cheered for him and he died honorably.

    • You think Bane was better than Heath Ledger’s Joker?!? You think Nicholson’s Joker was better than Ledger’s?!? What!?!? Bane was totally pointless and ruined by the end of the film. The whole Miranda Tate/Thalia AlGhul reveal took away everything interesting about Bane, it reduced him to a lacky with no real purpose nor credibility. Nicholson’s Joker, though somewhat campy, was a well played villain, but he was a completely different character with different dynamics than Ledger’s Joker. I could not say I found myself particularly fond of the Nicholson Joker (in that I cared for the character being killed in the end gave me no outrage) nor did I find myself afraid of Nicholson’s Joker. Had I met him on the street one day, I would not be stricken to panic and flee. Ledger’s Joker had a realism that did something to me that created a strange conflict within me. I found myself being fond of him as his Joker had a charisma one could be drawn to, but at the same time his unpredictability and manipulative style along with his appearance made me very afraid of him! The opening sequence alone created that for me. Here is a guy wearing a mask which makes him anonymous totally disregards the value of life killing off all that had collaborated on the robbery, then removes his mask to reveal a man with makeup on. Powerful image to have a person take off a clown mask to reveal himself with a different sort of “mask” on. Leadger recreated the Joker. Batman is probably the most important and significant comic book superhero, the burden of the character of the Joker is to be a villain equal and opposite of Batman. What he created was almost perfect.

  5. I loved the way every villain in Nolan’s Batman trilogy was depicted and performed. Bane was scarier, cleverer and had much more depth than the steroidy-stuff guzzling Mexican wrestler he’s shown as in some of the cartoons. And don’t even get me started on Joel Schumacher’s idiotic version of Bane.

    • Bane’s voice in TDKR was class.

  6. Tom Hardy has the sexiest lips in Hollywood. I liked his physicality as Bane, and I didn’t mind the progression of his character. I did mind his background (not being Latino/addicted to venom), and I HATED his voice, which at times made me feel embarrassed for him and at other times amused. It was like he was Shinzon again, Captain Picard’s clone with a more convincing Captain Picard-like voice.

  7. OMG He looks like Tom Hardy under the mask

  8. I want to know the backstory of the GOATSE mask!

  9. For all of the investment that batman puts into his gadgetry couldn’t he have spent a little money on a 1000 yard sniper rifle? THe movie would have been way shorter and we wouldn’t need to have cared about Bain’s backstory. A single round from any one of the office buildings and this bad guy is done son. I cannot believe that gotham city doesn’t have at least one equiped anti-terrorist unit who may have a sniper rifle, a thermal image scope, something with the capabilities of a decent shooter. I hate cartoon logic this in the end feels like wilye coyote hanging a piano over a cliff and waiting for the roadrunner to stop on the X.

    • I’m pretty that’s the reason why he doesn’t carry a gun. In the Dark Knight Graphic Novels I believe Batman says something to the effect that a gun is a cowards weapon and he says the same thing to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s in the movie.

  10. To all you people that even compare bane to the ledgerjoker, your all fools… bane basically no acting at all! Some bit didn’t have to be good at all… lol! Heath amazing g acting! Attitude manerizms etc…!!!

  11. To all you people that even compare bane to the ledger joker, your all fools… bane basically no acting at all! A lil bit but didn’t have to be good at all… lol! Heath amazing acting! Attitude manerizms etc…!!!

    • Bane was no acting? Youve got to be kidding?! With Bane alot of it had to do with the script. But words are enough. Bane had mannerisms of his own. It wasnt just his size, but the way he stood and presented himself that made him terrifying. The deep, anguished glares he gave. Even some things he did with his voice, the subtle raspy exhales he did, first being on the plane, when he was hanging onto the chair. And attitude. Dont get me started on attitude. He had the attitude of a guy who literally knew he was better than EVERYONE around him. He had the attitude of a badass because well, he knew he was.

    • You were a fan of the Star Wars prequels, weren’t you?

      • Its hollywood for a reason. Sorry, but i believe alot of people are alittle sick and tired of the same old boring Bane who was an inmate and got pumped full of venom tht made him inhumanly large and muscular. Even the Arkahm games did the same old boring bane that gets pumped full of venom. Chris wanted to look at it from a different perspective. Put his own twist into it. I mean hell, there was a comic written about how in a different reality, Bruce died and his father became the “batman” Bet you didnt knw tht. I bet if they made a movie about that, you’d be like, “What the F— is this?” And his costume, was made to bare resemblance to his personal character. It was literally hand made from scraps of different items, parts of a torn tent, some kevlar, all kinds of things thrown together. Just because you dnt understand dont mean you get to badmouth.

        • It’s called the flashpoint paradox and it’s an amazing read.

  12. Batman used firearms in his early comic appearances. He was kinda like a pointy-eared Frank Castle poppin’ evil henchmen (and vampires :O), see?

  13. Does it mean I’m a superhero if I have more scars on my back than “Bane” does?

  14. Problem with this movie, is it didn’t actually follow a dam thing that the comic episode did regarding the story of BANE. The whole premise and storyline of this villian was changed. Oh, Batman movies will always be a hit with the average crowd since we love to see his gadgets and the story.
    But changing things early on will mess up the storyline of what happens later.
    There was no woman involved or ‘bad girl’
    There was no inclusion of Batmans replacement (forgot the name since its been so long a time – Azrael ?)
    There was no “nuke”
    Bane was NEVER a member of the ‘league of shadows’
    Bane actually didn’t harbour any malice towards Gotham, just Batman.

    If Hollywood is going to continue to bastardize the storylines, how will you ever bring about the REAL definable moments in the comics where the hero faced a significant threat ?
    And look at how many times every crack producer tried to “remake” the beginnings of Batman. At this rate, you’ll never get to alot of the good battles, like “the return of the dark knight” series.

    • Roger, this movie was not meant to be a 100% exact copy of the comics, on film. This was a very specific take on Batman, and it did not include every detail from the comics. Nolan and co tried very much to get the spirit of each character down (and IMO succeeded, at least for the most part), but they did not follow the comic storyline word for word. But then again, no comic book movie has, to my knowledge, done that.

      Batman begins included elements of Year One, TDK’s transformation of Dent was inspired by The Long Halloween, and TDKR included elements of Knightfall, TDKReturns, and No mans land.

      IMO, movies that are word for word copies of comics are boring, but that’s just me…

      • +1 Ezra

    • 1. They did NOT change his back story. Bane was born into captivity because of a crime his father committed in the comics and even makes a comment in the comics of not knowing light or freedom til after reaching adulthood.

      2. Bane did attempt to join the “league of shadows” in the comics(Bane & the Demon) because he was trying to get Talia Al Gaul & Ra’s sent him on missons, so please learn what you are talking about before spouting your ignorance

  15. I think bane is way better than the joker. The first time I heard banes voice a shiver went down my spine. The joker never did that for me. Tom hardy deserves an award for this role.

  16. In my opinion bane was potrayed brillantly in TDKR tom hardy took a character that’s so unrelastic in the comics and turned him into a character that could actually exsit. If you look at how bane was potrayed in batman and robin it was so horrible and it reallly made fun of the character so I think what tom hardy and christopher nolan did with bane is awesome

  17. Poppy

  18. Tom Hardy Bane i am the big fan of him after watching The Dark Knight Rises, I really like his Stylish vest i bought it from online store.

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