Character Bio of the Day: Bane
Since the new Batman Movie is coming out…
Many years ago on the island of Santa Prisca, a group of revolutionaries conducted a failed coup against the reigning government. Those that survived the three day massacre were arrested and detained at the prison facility known as Pe’a Duro. One of the prisoners was a slender woman, heavy with child. Her husband was one of many killed during the bloody campaign. In accordance to a centuries old law, the punishment of the father must be carried out by the son, should the father fail to survive in order to serve his sentence. The woman gave birth to her child, and he was raised a prisoner in the deepest pits of Pe’a Duro.
When he was only six years old, his mother passed away, and the orphan was forced to bear witness as the prison guards callously threw her corpse into shark-infested waters off the cliffs of Punto De Tiburon. Completely alone, the child became prey to the savage inmates at Pe’a Duro. Rather than succumb to the pressures of prison life, he grew stronger from it, and eventually took to calling himself, Bane.
Bane eventually became the most feared man in all of Pe’a Duro. The prison’s warden grew nervous as he came to realize that the prisoners under his charge had more to fear from Bane, than from the warden himself. In order to demoralize the prisoners, the warden had Bane placed in solitary confinement for ten years. The inhumane treatment only served to strengthen Bane even more, and when he emerged, his reputation had become the stuff of legend.
In later years, a scientific research team established themselves at Pe’a Duro, and used the prison for a source of resources with which to conduct their experiments. They developed a steroid compound code named Venom and tested the drug on many prisoners. However, none of the men that had been put through the Venom process were strong enough to survive the procedure. The warden selected Bane as the science team’s next volunteer. Bane’s physical hardiness and unbreakable resolve enabled him to survive the process. The Venom drug increased his overall muscle mass a hundredfold, and he became nearly unstoppable.
At this point, Bane decided to leave Pe’a Duro forever. He falsified his own death, knowing that the prison guards would cast his body off of Punto De Tiburon, just as they had done with his mother, years before. When his body hit the water, Bane revived himself and took command of an army helicopter.
After leaving Pe’a Duro, Bane’s ambitions turned towards destroying the Batman, whom he had heard tales of while serving his sentence. Bane was convinced that the demonic bat that haunted his dreams since childhood was a representation of the Batman.
Bane destroyed the walls of Arkham Asylum, allowing its deranged inmates to escape into Gotham City, where Batman spent three months rounding them up, running himself to exhaustion, and then returned to Wayne Manor, where Bane awaited him. He fought Batman, defeated him, and delivered the coup de grace: he broke Batman’s back and threw him to the streets of Gotham.
While Bane established himself as ruler of Gotham’s criminal underworld, Bruce Wayne passed the mantle of Batman to Jean-Paul Valley (Azrael). As Batman, Jean-Paul grew increasingly violent, allowing the villain known as Abattoir to fall to his death, and refused to recognize Robin as his partner. “AzBat” fought and defeated Bane.
After Bruce Wayne recovered, he once again became Batman by winning the title back from Jean-Paul. Batman would finally get his rematch with Bane where Batman was able to defeat him. Since then, whenever Batman and Bane square off in battle, their fights usually end in a draw, as Bane’s strength is now equal to Batman’s (instead of vastly superior), because Bane no longer uses Venom.