Bane, Bane, Bane, Bane, Bane, Bane... Before the current Batman movie starts to fizzle from our short term pop culture memories, I just wanted to bring up some of my impressions of the character, Bane, from the 'The Dark Knight Rises'. This will be a list of both things that I loved and also didn't love so much about the Christopher Nolan interpretation of the character. Now, before I get any haters, I personally really liked the movie. It was no 'Dark Knight', but I felt is was as fun as 'Batman Begins'--solid, but still enough room open for critique. Anyway, let's start the fun...
|What the Hulk and Human Torch would look|
like in real life.
What I didn't like: Bane's voice. Now this isn't a true dislike, as overall I liked his voice. I understood it easily, I believed him as a character overall, but is it me or did he sound like Darth Vader and Dr. Zoidberg had a lovechild? I kept waiting for Bane to tell Batman he was his father right before running away with his hands in the air yelling, "Woo, woo, woo, woo, woo!!" Like I said, I liked his voice and audio fx treatment, but my real complaint comes in the fact that no matter how far away Bane stood from the camera, it sounded like he was in the seat next to you sharing your popcorn (well, except for the stadium scene--he was in the front two rows of the theater I was in).
3. What I didn't like: Bane fought Batman a second time using the exact same fighting techniques and strategy, and the results were different (despite a disastrous loss in the first fight). This isn't the character or the actor's fault. I know this. But I don't want to make a second pointless ramble about the movie's fighting (this pointless ramble suits me just fine). In the first fight Batman fights our muscled bound villain using the old duke 'em, fisticuffs method we've seen him use in the first two movies. Bane defeated Batman easily. The villain was just a better, faster, and all around a stronger standing fighter, with the exact same training of fighting techniques as Bruce Wayne. Why couldn't Bruce Wayne have learned some ground fighting/wrestling skills that would circumvent Bane's strength? There are wrestling and jujitsu moves that can absolutely overpower an opponent regardless of the oppenent's strength (I have been a fateful recipient of some). This change in fighting style wouldn't be out of place either with this series. Why in the first movie, Bruce Wayne is much more a street fighter using pieces of various martial arts. Then he joins the League of Shadows and bam!, his fighting style changes--he fights super close up, using elbows to block and disable appendages so the he can easily take out opponents with punches and kicks to vital targets. This would also be relevant to the story as both Bane and Batman learned to fight in the League of Shadows. It is only when Bruce Wayne looks past trying to meet Bane with the same exact fighting techniques and strategy that the villain is defeated--or at least Batman gets the upperhand (then Catwoman blasting Bane in the chest could still happen, etc., etc...). Cause really, what was different in the second fight than the first? Batman hit Bane's mask? Seriously, hitting the giant respirator on the front an opponent's face never occurred to the world's greatest detective?
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with this picture?
5. What I liked: He cried. When you really get down to it, Bane was the Darth Vader to Talia. But unlike Vader, Bane had a sincere love for his leader. Granted it turns weird and creepy when you think of the age gap... oh yeah, and that Bane seemingly hasn't aged since Talia was a little girl, but other than that, it was a sweet moment that was handled enough to make the character just a little deeper, but not enough to go down that annoying road some people need to go down with the whole 'but villains are mistunderstood' crap.
6. What I didn't like: Bane's cadence. Again, 'didn't like' is so harsh, but I use it to differentiate my true likes from the 'meh' stuff. The speech cadence of Bane was always him saying first sentence ending high in tone, then follow up with a sentence ending low in tone. Not enough to be annoying, but enough to be predictable... he was like something familiar, but I can't put my finger on it...
So I guess that really sums up my whole review on the character of Bane. He was clearly over the top, but still gripping enough to hold an audience's attention and believability just enough. He had an underground lair and talked funny. He monologued and told the main character he was going to kill the main character, all the while leaving the main character in a possibly escapable trap unguarded...
In short, Bane was a great James Bond villain.
(That's why he seemed so familiar!)
(That's why he seemed so familiar!)
|Bane wuvs you.|