Jan 22, 2011

[Comics] Who Is Bane? And Which Catwoman?

With the recent announcement of Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy being cast as Catwoman and Bane in the upcoming Chris Nolan Batman movie, apparently there's a lot of people asking one question. And no, it's not the question of Tom Hardy being gay and/or single.

Instead, I was surprised to find out that a lot of people are asking who Bane is and what the heck this all means. At first the question surprised me - Bane is to Doomsday as Batman is to Superman, generally speaking. But then when you get down to it, people probably only remembered that Batman got his back broken without caring by whom.

Robert Swenson as Bane in Batman & Robin (1997).Image via WikipediaAnd all we have to remember of Bane is his horrible misrepresentation in the 1997 disaster action comedy known as Batman & Robin. With that in mind, now it makes sense why everyone is scrambling to explain who he is while the rest of the core geek world already knows who he is and his strange evolution from evil bad guy to unusual anti-hero.

Thankfully, there are a lot of geeky resources online to help you with your troubles in order to explain who Bane is while the rest of us geeks contemplate the greater questions in life such as whether or not Anne Hathaway will be more of a Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman or a Halle Berry Catwoman. *shudders

Your search probably started with the ever boring wiki-styler entries over at Wikipedia or the DC Database, but that's no real fun.

More recently hardcore geek sites have started to write their own guides to this dash wrestler-style character. The Geekosystem feature is a nice simple narrative that should quickly get you up to speed in all things Bane. However the real gem is the much more detailed io9 backgrounder on Bane, his history and what he;s doing now in terms of the comic book universe. Plus the post is generously littered with great images of the character and how he's evolved over the years.

And if that's not enough for you to figure out who Bane is and why he's worthy of being the next Batman villain, then I don't know how else to help you.

In the meantime, what if Anne Hathaway ends up being a Julie Newmar kind of Catwoman...or even an Eartha Kitt one? Now that boggles the mind.

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