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"You cannot do this to me! I am invincible! I AM BANE!"

The villain known simply as Bane was a chemically-boosted assassin from South America. When enhanced by his Venom, he became a major fighting force physically stronger even than the Dark Knight himself.


The man who would later become known as Bane was an inmate of the Peña Duro prison in Cuba. The prison’s purpose was to enclose the toughest, most hazardous felons around. He was chosen as a test subject for a secret government project to create super-soldiers with a new super-steroid called Venom codenamed Project Gilgamesh. The experiment fell victim to its own success with Bane stealing the Venom formula and escaping overseas, evading authorities due to his super strength and toughness. He then went on to work as a freelance assassin. Eventually Bane built his reputation to the point where he could demand five million dollars per job.


Bane moments before the Venom transformed him.

Years later, he was called to Gotham City by Rupert Thorne, who hired him to eliminate Batman. Throughout his career, Bane was always fascinated by the Dark Knight, and had observed him carefully, hoping to one day defeat him. Bane also plotted to usurp Thorne as head of organized crime in Gotham with the help of Thorne's assistant Candace. It took minimal persuading in order to change her loyalty from Thorne to Bane. Bane then went about getting Batman's attention by destroying the Batmobile bare handed. He then attacked Killer Croc and beat him so severely that it left him in traction.

Bane then proceeded to kidnap Robin in order to lure Batman to a confrontation. In the fight that ensued Bane proved superior to Batman due to the strength induced by Venom. Just before Bane was about to "break" Batman, the Dark Knight managed to defeat him by jamming a Batarang into his Venom provider, giving him a hazardous Venom overdose. An instant later, Batman unplugged the Venom tube out of Bane's head before he suffered a heart attack. Batman then dragged the defeated Bane’s body back to Thorne's office. There, he pulled off Bane's mask and goaded the crime boss to do “better”, as well as revealing Candice's deceitfulness.

Bane Design

Abilities and Equipment[]

Bane utilizes the super-steroid known as Venom to enhance his own physical attributes to superhuman levels, namely his strength, durability, speed, and endurance. Contrastingly he also possesses a genius-level intellect, known particularly for his memory, and is one of Batman's most intelligent foes. He is a highly devious and a highly gifted strategist and tactician, even going as far to try and oust Rupert Thorne as Gotham's mob kingpin.

Background Information[]

The producers originally didn't want to use Bane for the show, feeling he was "too gimicky." This would explain why he only made one appearance in the series. It could also explain why he was given such a childish face when unmasked.

Bane shares much similarites with DC Comics' Batman Adventures' (based on BTAS) Masked Maurader who came to Gotham City from Chicago as a hitman by a crimelord who calls himself "Mobster" (here, Bane was invited/ordered by Thorne) and proven himself to be a real challenge for Batman. The two characters debuted on the same year!