Getting to Know … Bane

After Heath Ledger’s Academy Award winning performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight Rises, casual fans may see Bane as an odd choice for the villain in the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. If you weren’t an avid comic book reader in the 90s, you may wonder why Nolan would choose a guy last seen on-screen as Poison Ivy’s monosyllabic muscle in Batman and Robin. But for anyone who read the Batman Knightfall storyline in 1993, the decision makes perfect sense. If you know Bane as he was originally conceived, you understand why he is the best choice to give the caped crusader one final knock down, drag out fight.