Bane quotes

The best Bane quote in The Dark Knight Rises is also one of the most iconic. It’s true that Bane was born in the darkness, but Bruce feels he was born in the darkness as well. When his parents were killed, Bruce was reborn in the darkness as Batman.

But just because they both embrace the darkness doesn’t mean Bane and Batman fight for the same goal — Bane fights for chaos while Batman fights for stability. This quote serves to house Bane and Batman under the same roof, metaphorically speaking.

But rather than work together, the two disciples of Ra’s al-Ghul were destined to battle against one another. This scene contains a bunch of other great Bane quotes. Here are some of them:

  • “I was wondering what would break first — your spirit…or your body.”
  • “I was born in it molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man and by then it was nothing to me but blinding.”
  • “The shadows betray you because they belong to me.”
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The Dark Knight Rises Quotes

  • Bane:Your punishment must be more severe.


  • Miranda Tate:You see, it's the slow knife, the knife that takes it's time, the knife that waits years without forgetting, then slips quietly between the bones, that's the knife, that cuts deepest.


  • Bane:You think darkness is your ally. You've merely adapted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was a man and by then it was only blinding.


  • Bane:Do you feel in Charge?

    Daggett:I paid you a small fortune.

    Bane:And this gives you power over me?

    Daggett:What is this?

    Bane:Your money and infrastructure has been important, until now.

    Daggett:What are you?

    Bane:I'm Gotham's reckoning. Here to end the borrowed time you all have been living on.

    Daggett:You're pure evil.

    Bane:I'm necessary evil.


  • Bane:Let the games begin!


  • Fox:And yes, Mr. Wayne, it does come in black.


  • Ra's al Ghul:You yourself fought the decadence of Gotham for years with all your strength, all your resources, all your moral authority. And the only victory you achieved was a lie. Now you understand Gotham is beyond saving, and must be allowed to die.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:A hero can be anyone, even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat on a young boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended.


  • Fox:Nothin like a little air superiority!


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended.


  • Miranda Tate:Suffering builds character.


  • Miranda Tate:Vengeance against the man who killed him, is simply a reward, for my patience. You see, it's the slow knife, the knife that takes it's time, the knife that waits years without forgetting, then slips quietly between the bones, that's the knife that cuts deepest.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:He was trying to kill millions of innocent people.

    Miranda Tate:Innocent is a strong word to throw around Gotham, Bruce. I honor my father by finishing his work.


  • Selina Kyle:You don't owe these people anymore, you've given them everything.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Not everything, not yet.


  • Selina Kyle:Stay back! I'm not bluffing!

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:They know, they just don't care.


  • Commissioner Gordon:There's only one man with his finger on the button. That's Bane!


  • Bane:Ahh, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it. Molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was a man. But it was nothing to me but blinding.


  • Bane:Let's not stand on ceremony here. Mr. Wayne.


  • Bane:The shadows betray you, because they belongs to me.


  • Stryver:You're pure evil.

    Daggett:You're pure evil.

    Bane:I'm necessary evil.


  • Bane:The shadows betray you, because they bellongs to me

    Bane:The shadows betray you, because they belong to me.


  • Bane:"Let the games begin!"

    Bane:Let the games begin!


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:Bane was a member of the League of Shadows?

    Alfred:And then he was excommunicated. And any man, who is too extreme for Ra's Al Ghul, is not to be trifled with.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:I didn't realize I was known for trifling with criminals.

    Alfred:That was then. And you can strap up your leg and put your mask back on. But that doesn't make you what you were.


  • Alfred:Is it really painful?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Well, You're welcome to try it, Alfred.

    Alfred:Happy watching, thank you, sir.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Not bad. Not bad at all.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:I figured you'd have shut this place down.

    Lucius Fox:Well, it was always shut down, officially.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:What about all this new stuff?

    Lucius Fox:After your father died, Wayne Enterprises set up fourteen different defense subsidiaries. For years I've been shuttering and consolidating all the different prototypes under one roof. My roof.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Why?

    Lucius Fox:To keep them from falling into the wrong hands.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:Oh, now you're showing off.

    Lucius Fox:Defense Department project for tight-geometry and pacification. Rotors are configured to maneuver between buildings without recirculation.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:What's it called?

    Lucius Fox:Oh, it has a long uninteresting Wayne Enterprises designation. I just took to calling it the Bat. And yes, Mr. Wayne, it does come in black. Works fine, except for the autopilot. It takes a better mind than mine to fix it.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Better mind?

    Lucius Fox:Well, I was trying to be modest. A less busy mind. Yours.


  • John Blake:Well, it's damn good to see him back.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Not everybody agrees.

    John Blake:They'll figure that out in the end.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You got anything on Bane's whereabouts?

    John Blake:Yeah, I've got five hundred pages of tunnel records and a flashlight. I could use some help, actually.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You know what? Drop me in Old Town.


  • John Blake:When you started, why the mask? .

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:To protect the people closest to me.

    John Blake:Yeah, but you're a loner, right? You didn't have any family.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:There are always people you care about. You just don't realize how much until they're gone. The idea was to be a symbol. Batman could be anybody, that was the point


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:I thought you might like to see what your investment built.

    Miranda Tate:No fossil fuels. Free, clean energy for an entire city. Three years ago, a Russian scientist published a paper on weaponized fusion reactions. One week later your reactor started developing problems. I think this machine works.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Miranda, if it were operational, the danger to Gotham would be too great.


  • Miranda Tate:You brought me out here to show me this, Mr. Fox?

    Lucius Fox:Bear with me, Miss Tate. Please keep hands and feet inside the car at all times.

    Miranda Tate:[Fox uses a button and the office floor descends] This is it, isn't it?

    Miranda Tate:This is it, isn't it?

    Lucius Fox:The reactor is beneath the river so it could be instantly flooded in the event of a security breach.

    Miranda Tate:Is Bruce Wayne really that paranoid?

    Lucius Fox:I'm gonna plead the fifth on that one.


  • Alfred:Is see from the television coverage that you've got your taste for wanton destruction back.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:I retrieved this.

    Alfred:Aren't the police supposed to be investigating them?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:They don't have the tools to analyze it.

    Alfred:They would if you gave them to them.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:One man's tool is another man's weapon.

    Alfred:In your mind, perhaps. But there aren't many things you can't turn into a weapon.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Alfred, enough! The police weren't getting it done.

    Alfred:Perhaps they might have if you hadn't made a sideshow of yourself.


  • GPD Special Operative:If I pull that off, would you die?

    Bane: It would be extremely painful.

    GPD Special Operative:You're a big guy!

    Bane: For you.


  • Bane: Why are you here?

    Bane's Mercenary:[to Gordon] Answer him!

    Bane's Mercenary:Answer him!

    Bane: [to thug] I was asking you.

    Bane:I was asking you.


  • Bane: [Listening to the national anthem before the Gotham football game] What a lovely, lovely voice. [Song ends and football game begins]

    Bane:What a lovely, lovely voice.

    Bane: Let the games begin! [hits detonator and bombs go off across Gotham]

    Bane: Let the games begin!


  • Selina Kyle:I had no choice. I needed a way to keep them from killing me.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You just made a serious mistake.

    Bane:Not as serious as yours, I fear...

    Bane:Not as serious as yours, I fear.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman: Bane

    Bane: Let us not stand on ceremony, Mr. Wayne.


  • Bane:Calm down, Doctor! Now's not the time for fear. That comes later.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:You told me a child did it.

    Prisoner:But no ordinary child. A child born in hell, forged by suffering, hardened by pain. Not a man from privilege.


  • Selina Kyle:Never steal anything from someone you can't outrun, kid.


  • Selina Kyle:And why would I help you?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:For this. The 'Clean Slate'.

    Selina Kyle:You'd trust me with that? After what I did to you?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:I'll admit I was a little let down. But I still think there's more to you. In fact, I think that for you, this isn't just a tool, it's an escape route. You wanna disappear. Start fresh.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:Pretty generous, for a thief.

    Selina Kyle:I thought they killed you.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Not yet.

    Selina Kyle:If you're expecting an apology...

    Selina Kyle:If you're expecting an apology.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:It wouldn't suit you. I need your help.


  • Miranda Tate:Bruce!

    Miranda Tate:You okay?

    Lucius Fox:You picked a hell of a time to go on vacation, Mr. Wayne.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:[to Fox] Tonight I need you.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Tonight I need you.

    Lucius Fox:What for?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:To get me back in the game.

    Selina Kyle:Sorry to spoil things, boys, but Bane wants these guys to himself.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:[Bruce looks at Miranda] I won't forget about you, Miranda.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:I won't forget about you, Miranda.

    Miranda Tate:I know.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:How long until that core ignites?

    Lucius Fox:That bomb goes off in twelve hours.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Unless we can reconnect it to the reactor.

    Lucius Fox:Can you get Miranda out of here?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Not tonight. I'm sorry.

    Miranda Tate:Do what's necessary.


  • Fox:I like your girlfriend, Mr. Wayne.

    Selina Kyle:He should be so lucky.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:Any move I make on Bane or the bomb, the triggerman sets it off.

    Lucius Fox:But they won't use radio or cell, too much interference. Infrared doesn't have the range. It would have to be a micro-burst, long wave.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Could you block it?

    Lucius Fox:Yes. But I'll need the EMP cannon-guidance mount from the Bat. Remember where you parked?


  • Bane:[watching the burning Bat sign] Impossible.

    Bane:Impossible.

    Bane:[to his men, referring to Miranda] Keep her close. He'll come for her.

    Bane:Keep her close. He'll come for her.


  • Selina Kyle:Sorry to keep letting you down.[she stares at him for a moment] Come with me. Save yourself. You don't owe these people anymore, you've given them everything.

    Selina Kyle:Sorry to keep letting you down.Come with me. Save yourself. You don't owe these people anymore, you've given them everything.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Not everything. Not yet.


  • Miranda Tate:[to Barsad] Prepare a convoy. We must secure the bomb until it detonates.

    Miranda Tate: Prepare a convoy. We must secure the bomb until it detonates.


  • Miranda Tate:Don't kill him. I want you to feel the heat. Feel the fire of of 12 million souls you failed.

    Miranda Tate:(To Bane) Goodbye my friend.

    Miranda Tate:Goodbye my friend.


  • Bane:We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you...the people...Gotham is yours. None shall interfere, do as you please!


  • Deputy Commissioner Foley:like a rat in a trap gentlemen

    Deputy Commissioner Foley:Like a rat in a trap, gentlemen!


  • GPD Special Operative:Lot of loyalty for a hired gun!

    Bane:Or perhaps he's wondering why someone would shoot a man before throwing him out of a plane!

    GPD Special Operative:At least you can talk. Who are you?

    Bane:It doesn't matter who we are. The only thing that matters is our plan. (Man takes off the bag) No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.

    Bane:It doesn't matter who we are. The only thing that matters is our plan. [man takes off the bag] No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.


  • GPD Special Operative:We lost him. [Foley replies into his radio]

    Deputy Commissioner Foley:How could you lose him?

    GPD Special Operative:He's got a lot of firepower.

    Deputy Commissioner Foley:What? And you don't?!

    GPD Special Operative:He's heading back downtown.

    Deputy Commissioner Foley:Then he's as dumb as he dresses

    Deputy Commissioner Foley:Close it off, gentlemen!


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:So now you're trying to set me up with a jewel thief?

    Alfred:At this point, I'd set you up with a chimpanzee if it'd brought you back to the world!


  • Commissioner Gordon:We were in this together... then you were gone.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:The Batman wasn't needed anymore. We won.

    Commissioner Gordon:Based on a lie. And now there's evil rising from where we tried to bury it The Batman has to come back

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:What if he doesn't exist anymore?

    Commissioner Gordon:He must.


  • Bane:Theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated... but we are initiated, aren't we Bruce? Members of the League of Shadows! [Lifts Batman by the neck]

    Bane:And you betrayed us!

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You were excommunicated... by a gang of psychopaths! [Bane viciously beats Batman and throws him to the ground]

    Bane:I am the League of Shadows, and I'm here to fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny!

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You fight like a younger man, with nothing held back. Admirable but mistaken. [Batman uses an EMP device to cut the lights]

    Bane:You fight like a younger man, with nothing held back. Admirable but mistaken. [Batman uses an EMP device to cut the lights]

    Bane:Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING! [Grabs Batman from the shadows and continues to beat him]

    Bane:The shadows betray you, because they belong to me! [Repeatedly punches Batman in the face, breaking his cowl]


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy's shoulder to let him know that the world hadn't ended.


  • Alfred:[At Bruce's grave] I'm so sorry. I failed you. You trusted me, and I failed you.


  • Alfred:[To Bruce] Remember when you left Gotham? Before all this, before Batman? You were gone seven years. Seven years I waited, hoping that you wouldn't come back. Every year, I took a holiday. I went to Florence, there's this cafe, on the banks of the Arno. Every fine evening, I'd sit there and order a Fernet Branca. I had this fantasy, that I would look across the tables and I'd see you there, with a wife and maybe a couple of kids. You wouldn't say anything to me, nor me to you. But we'd both know that you'd made it, that you were happy. I never wanted you to come back to Gotham. I always knew there was nothing here for you, except pain and tragedy. And I wanted something more for you than that. I still do.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:Why didn't you just... kill me?

    Bane:You don't fear death... You welcome it. Your punishment must be more severe.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Torture?

    Bane:Yes. But not of your body... Of your soul.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Where am I?

    Bane:Home, where I learned the truth about despair, as will you. There's a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth... Hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy... So simple... And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamoring over each other to "stay in the sun." You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny... We will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die.


  • Commissioner Gordon:I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.


  • John Blake:Your hands look plenty filthy to me Commissioner.


  • Lucius Fox:Nothing like the air superiority.


  • Bane:You fight like a younger man with nothing held back, admirable but mistaken.


  • Bane:So you came back to die with your city.


  • Commissioner Gordon:Gotham needed a hero.


  • Bane:Let's not stand in ceremony here.... Mr. Wayne.

    Bane:Let's not stand in ceremony here... Mr. Wayne.


  • Lucius Fox:Bruce Wayne. As I live and breath. What brings you out of Cryo-sleep Mr. Wayne?


  • Miranda Tate:That's the knife that cuts deepest

    Miranda Tate:That's the knife that cuts deepest.


  • Miranda Tate:But he's not the child of Ra's Al Ghul. (stabs knife) I am

    Miranda Tate:But he's not the child of Ra's Al Ghul. [stabs knife] I am.

    Miranda Tate:Miranda? Why?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Miranda? Why?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Talia. My mother named me Talia before she was killed... as i would've been if not for my protector... Bane.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Talia. My mother named me Talia before she was killed... as I would've been if not for my protector... Bane.

    Miranda Tate:Talia. My mother named me Talia before she was killed... as I would've been if not for my protector... Bane.


  • Alfred:Leaving is the only thing I have to make you understand.


  • Bane:Ohh, you think darkness is your ally? I was born in it, molded by it. I didnt see the light until I was already a man and by then it was nothing but blinding. The shadows betray you, because they belong to ME.


  • Bane:I'm Gotham's reckoning, here to end the borrowed time you've all been living on.


  • Bane:Your precious armory gratefully accepted

    Bane:Your precious armory, gratefully accepted!


  • Bane:I am the League of Shadows....and I am here to fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny

    Bane:I am the League of Shadows... and I am here to fulfill Ra's Al Ghul's destiny.


  • Bane:[Batman cuts out all the lights] You think the darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it. Molded by it. I didn't see light until I was a young man. At that point it was completely blinding. [Swings into the dark and hits Batman] The shadows betray you because they belong to me.

    Bane:[Batman cuts out all the lights] You think the darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it. Molded by it. I didn't see light until I was a young man. At that point it was completely blinding. [swings into the dark and hits Batman] The shadows betray you because they belong to me.


  • Fox:Bruce Wayne. As I live and breathe. What brings you out of cryo-sleep, Mr. Wayne?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:I see you haven't lost your sense of humor...even if you have lost most of my money.

    Fox:Actually, you did that. If you funnel the entire R and D budget into a fusion project that you then mothball, your company is unlikely to thrive.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:What are my options?

    Fox:Well, if you're unwilling to turn on the machine...

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:I can't. I can't, Lucius.

    Fox:Well, then sit tight. Your majority keeps Daggett at bay while we figure out a future for the energy program with Miranda Tate. She has supported the project all the way. She's smart, and quite lovely.

    Fox:We all just want what's best for you, Bruce. Show her the machine.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:I'll think it over.

    Fox:anything else

    Fox:nope why


  • Judge:sold to the man in the cold sweat

    Judge:Sold! To the man in a cold sweat.


  • Barsad:commissioner Gordon you are under arrest

    Barsad:Commissioner Gordon, you're under arrest.

    Commissioner Gordon:on who's authority

    Commissioner Gordon:On whose authority?

    Barsad:the people of gotham

    Barsad:The people of Gotham.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:Loud background music, unable to hear what your saying, what did he say? Rewind. Still can't hear. Something about a few and return. Is there away to turn the background music off?


  • Bane:So you came to Die with your City.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:No. I came to stop you.


  • Bane:Behind you stands a symbol of oppression, Blackgate Prison. Where a thousand men have languished under the name of this man, Harvey Dent, who has been held up to you as the shining example of justice. You have been supplied with a false idol to stop you from tearing down this corrupt city. Let me tell you the truth about Harvey Dent, from the words of Gotham's police commissioner, James Gordon: "The Batman didn't murder Harvey Dent. He saved my boy and took the blame for Harvey's appalling crime, so that I could to my shame build a lie around this fallen idol. I praised the mad man who tried to murder my own child. While I can no longer live with my lie, it is time to trust the people of Gotham with the truth, and it is time for me to resign." And do you accept this man's resignation? And do you accept the resignation of all these liars? Of all the corrupt? We take Gotham from the corrupt, the rich, the oppressors of generations who kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you, the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere, do as you please. Start by storming Blackgate and free the oppressed. Step forward, those who would serve, for an army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened, spoils will be enjoyed. Blood will be shed. The police will survive as they learn to survive true justice. This great city... it will endure. Gotham will survive.


  • Bane:Oh! You think darkness is your ally. You merely adopted the dark. I was borned in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already as man, and I find nothing in it but blinding.


  • Ra's al Ghul:Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk. Did you not think I would return, Bruce? Hmm? I told you I was immortal.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:I watched... I watched you die.

    Ra's al Ghul:Oh, there are many forms of immortality. (flashback from Batman Begins as Bruce remembers) Once I had a wife, my great love. She was taken from me.

    Ra's al Ghul:Oh, there are many forms of immortality. [flashback from Batman Begins as Bruce remembers] Once I had a wife, my great love. She was taken from me.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You're the merceneray? (Ra's nods) Bane is your child? Your heir?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You're the mercenary? [Ra's nods] Bane is your child? Your heir?

    Ra's al Ghul: An heir to ensure the League of Shadows fulfills its duty to restore balance to civilzation.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:No...

    Ra's al Ghul:You yourself have fought the decadence of Gotham for years, with all your strength, all your resources, all your moral authority. And the victory you could achieve was a lie. Now you understand: Gotham is beyond saving...

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:No.

    Ra's al Ghul:...and must be allowed to die. (he disappears)

    Ra's al Ghul:...and must be allowed to die. [he disappears]

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:NOOOOO!!!!

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:NOOOOO!


  • Bane:and for the sake of your children dr pavel indeed it does

    Bane:And for the sake of your children, Doctor Pavel, indeed I hope it does.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:Fear not death. Let death fear you.



  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:You are in deep with the wrong people.

    Selina Kyle:You don't know a thing about me.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Ouch.


  • John Blake:You made some mistakes, Miss Kyle.


  • Selina Kyle:You think this can last? There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you're all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:Why didn't you just... kill me?

    Bane:You don't fear death... you welcome it. Your punishment must be more severe.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Torture?

    Bane:Yes. But not of your body... of your soul.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Where am I?

    Bane:Home, where I learned the truth about despair, as will you. There's a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth. Hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy. So simple. And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamoring over each other to stay in the sun. You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny... We will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:What does that mean? (referring to the prisoners' chants)

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:What does that mean? [referring to the prisoners' chants]

    Prisoner:Rise.


  • GPD Special Operative:Tell me about Bane! Why does he wear the mask? A lot of loyalty, for a hired gun!

    Bane:Or perhaps he's wondering why someone would shoot a man before throwing him out of a plane?

    GPD Special Operative:At least you can talk. Who are you?

    Bane:It doesn't matter who we are, what matters is our plan. No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.

    GPD Special Operative:If I pull that off, would you die?

    Bane:It would be extremely painful...

    GPD Special Operative:You're a big guy.

    Bane:For you.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:He was trying to kill millions of innocent people.

    Miranda Tate:Innocent is a strong word to throw around Gotham, Bruce.

    Miranda Tate:I honor my father by finishing his work.

    Miranda Tate:Vengeance against the man who killed him is simply a reward for my patience. You see, it's the slow knife, the knife that takes its time, the knife that waits years without forgetting, then slips quietly between bones.That's the knife that cuts deepest.


  • Bane:I broke you. How have you come back? But the child. The child of Ra's Al Ghul made the climb.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You think you're the only one who could learn the strength to escape? Where is the trigger?

    Bane:But I never escaped.

    Miranda Tate:But he's not the child of Ra's Al Ghul. I am.

    Miranda Tate: And though I'm not ordinary, I am a citizen.


  • Blake:You missed a spot.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:If you're working alone, wear a mask.

    Blake:I'm not afraid to be seen standing up to these guys.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:The mask is not for you. It's to protect the people you care about.


  • Prisoner:He says the leap to freedom is not about strength.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:My body makes the jump.

    Prisoner:Survival is the spirit. The soul.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:My soul is as ready to escape as is my body.

    Prisoner:Fear is why you fail.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:No, I'm not afraid. I'm angry.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:Bane was the child you spoke of. He was born here?

    Prisoner:The legend is that there was a mercenary who worked for a local warlord. He fell in love with the warlord's daughter. They were married in secret. When the warlord found out, the mercenary was condemned to this pit. But then he exiled him instead. The mercenary understood that the daughter had secured his release, but what he could not know was the true price of his freedom. She took his place in the pit.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:And she was with the child, with the...the mercenary's child. Innocence cannot flower underground. It has to be stamped out. One day the doctor forgot the lock the cell. But the child had a friend. A protector, who showed the others that this innocence was their redemption, it was to be prized. The mother was not so lucky...... This is Bane's prison now. He wouldn't want this story told.


  • Prisoner:He says you must first fix your back.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman: How does he know?

    Prisoner:Well, he was the prison doctor. He was morphine addict who incurred the displeasure of powerful people, including your masked friend.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:How?

    Prisoner: Many years ago, it was a time of plague. Some of the other prisoners attacked Bane and the doctor's fumbling attempts to repair the damage left him in perpetual agony. The mask holds the pain at bay.


  • Gordon:What are you doing?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:I can get it out over the bay.

    Selina Kyle:Set it to fly over the water, then eject?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:No autopilot.

    Selina Kyle:You could've gone anywhere. Been anything. But you came back here.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:So did you.

    Selina Kyle:I guess we're both suckers.


  • Miranda Tate:Fox showed me how to override the reactor. [in the reactor plant, Fox notices something is wrong]

    Fox:Oh Dear! [back at the truck, Talia continues explaining]

    Miranda Tate:Including the emergency flood. [back at the reactor plant, water smashes into the reactor and Fox makes a run for it towards a ladder and holds himself up on it; back at the truck Talia continues to explain]

    Miranda Tate:There's no way this bomb will be stopped.... Prepare yourselves.[looks at Batman] My father's work is done.

    Miranda Tate:There's no way this bomb will be stopped.... Prepare yourselves. [looks at Batman] My father's work is done.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:It's about feeding the ego of whatever society hag put it on,

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:It's about feeding the ego of whatever society hag put it on.


  • Bane:We both know that I have to kill you now. You'll just have to imagine the fire!

    Selina Kyle:[Catwoman shoots Bane]; Selina Kyle: About the whole no guns thing? I just don't feel as strongly about it as you do.

    Selina Kyle:[Catwoman shoots Bane] About the whole no guns thing? I just don't feel as strongly about it as you do.


  • Alfred:You two should exchange notes over coffee

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:So now you're trying to set me up with a jewel thief?

    Alfred:At this point, I'd set you up with a chimpanzee if it'd brought you back to the world!


  • Selina Kyle:There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you're all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You sound like you're looking forward to it.

    Selina Kyle: I'm adaptable.


  • Bane:We both know that I have to kill you now. You'll just have to imagine the fire.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:You've made a serious mistake.

    Bane:Not as serious as yours, I fear.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Bane.

    Bane:Lets not stand on ceremony here.....Mr Wayne.


  • GPD Special Operative:If I take that mask off will you die?

    Bane:It will be extremely painful.

    GPD Special Operative:You're a big guy.

    Bane:For you.


  • Fox:Nothing like a little air superiority.


  • Bane:Ah, you think darkness is your ally. You've merely adapted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was a man and by then it was only blinding!

    Bane:Ah, you think darkness is your ally. You've merely adapted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was a man and by then it was nothing to me but blinding!


  • Commissioner Gordon:We were in this together. And then, you were gone. And now this evil... rises. The Batman must come back.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:What if he doesn't exist anymore?

    Commissioner Gordon:He must. He must...


  • Prisoner:You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Why?

    Prisoner:How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:I do fear death. I fear dying in here, while my city burns, and there's no one there to save it.

    Prisoner:Then make the climb.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:How?

    Prisoner:As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again.


  • GPD Special Operative:Well, congratulations! You got yourself caught! Now what's the next step in your master plan?

    Bane:Crashing this plane... with no survivors!


  • Bane:Round them up for judgement. And hang them where the world can see.


  • Ra's al Ghul:You, yourself fought the decadence of Gotham for years with all your strength, all your resources, all your moral authority and the only victory you achieved was a lie. Now you understand Gotham is beyond saving and must be allowed to die.


  • Prisoner:A child born in hell, forged by suffering, hardened by pain.


  • GPD Special Operative:Boy, you're in for a show tonight, son.


  • Deputy Commissioner Foley:How could you lose him? Police Officer's Voice: He's got a lot of firepower.

    Deputy Commissioner Foley:And you don't?


  • Deputy Commissioner Foley:Like a rat in a trap, gentlemen! Veteran Cop: You might have the wrong animal there, sir.

    John Blake:Are you sure it was him?


  • Bane:We both know that I now have to kill you. You'll just have to imagine the fire!


  • Bane:Why are you here?

    Bane's Mercenary:Answer him!

    Bane's Mercenary:I was asking you.


  • Selina Kyle:Stay back! I'm not bluffing

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:They know! They just don't care.


  • Prisoner:You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Why?

    Prisoner:How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death.


  • Stryver:Do those heels make it hard to walk?

    Selina Kyle:I don't know, do they?


  • Alfred:If you're seriously considering going back out there, you should hear the rumors surrounding Bane

    Bruce Wayne/Batman: I'm all ears

    Alfred:There is a prison in a more ancient part of the world, a pit where men are thrown to suffer and die. But sometimes a man rises from the darkness. Sometimes the pit sends something back

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Bane.

    Alfred:Right. Born and raised in hell on earth.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Born in prison?

    Alfred:No one knows why or how he escaped, but they do know that once he did he was trained by Ra's Al Ghul, your mentor.

    Fox:Bane was a member of The League of Shadows?

    Alfred:And then he was excommunicated. And any man who is too extreme for Ra's Al Ghul is not to be trifled with.


  • Alfred:I'll get this to Mr. Fox, but no more. I've sewn you up, I've set your bones, but I won't bury you. I've buried enough members of the Wayne family.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You'll leave me?

    Alfred:You see only one end to your journey. Leaving is all I have to make you understand, you're not Batman anymore. You have to find another way. You used to talk about finishing a life beyond that awful cape.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Rachel died believing that we would be together; that was my life beyond the cape. I can't just move on. She didn't, she couldn't.

    Alfred:What if she had? What if, before she died, she wrote a letter saying she chose Harvey Dent over you? And what if, to spare your pain, I burnt that letter?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:How dare you use Rachel to try to stop me?

    Alfred:I am using the truth, Master Wayne. Maybe it's time we all stop trying to outsmart the truth and let it have its day. I'm sorry

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You're sorry? You expect to destroy my world and then think we're going to shake hands?

    Alfred:No... no, I know what this means.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:What does it mean?

    Alfred:It means your hatred... and it also means losing someone that I have cared for since I first heard his cries echo through this house. But it might also mean saving your life. And that is more important.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Good bye, Alfred.


  • Selina Kyle:You wouldn't hit a woman no more than I'd hit a cripple

    Selina Kyle:You wouldn't hit a woman no more than I'd hit a cripple.

    Selina Kyle: Of course, sometimes exceptions have to be made.


  • Gordon:You sure I can't change your mind about staying in the police force?

    John Blake:You were right, about the structures becoming shackles

    John Blake:You were right, about the structures becoming shackles.


  • Bane:Identify yourself to the world. Dr. Pavel: Dr Leonid Pavel, nuclear physicist.

    Bane:And what... what is this? Dr. Pavel: It's a fully primed, nuclear bomb with a blast radius of six miles.

    Bane:And who is capable of disarming such a device? Dr. Pavel: Only me.

    Bane:Only you... Thank you, good doctor.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:I do fear death. I fear dying in here while my city burns.

    Prisoner:Then make the climb.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:How?

    Prisoner: As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again.


  • Selina Kyle:About that whole no guns thing... Turns out I'm not as committed to it as you are.


  • Bane:You fight like a younger man, with nothing held back. Admirable but mistaken.


  • John Blake: Don't you want to know who he is?

    Gordon:I know exactly who he is; he's The Batman.


  • Selina Kyle:I had no choice.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You just made a serious mistake

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You just made a serious mistake.

    Bane:Not as serious as yours, I fear... Let us not stand on ceremony, Mr. Wayne

    Bane:Not as serious as yours, I fear... Let us not stand on ceremony, Mr. Wayne.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:[on a rooftop, Batman turns away from Selina, then turns back and realizes she is gone] So that's what that feels like.


  • Bane:Perhaps he's wondering why someone shoot a man before throwing out a plane.

    Bane:Perhaps he is wondering why someone would shoot a man before throwing him out of a plane.

    Stryver:At least you can talk. Who are you?

    Bane:It doesn't matter who we are, what matters is our plan. (Stryver puts the bag off from Bane) No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.

    Bane:It doesn't matter who we are, what matters is our plan. [Stryver puts the bag off from Bane] No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.

    Stryver:If I put that off, will you die?

    Bane:That would be extremely painful.

    Stryver:You are a big guy.

    Bane:For you.


  • Bane:Behind you stands a symbol of oppression, Blackgate Prison. Where a thousand men have languished under the name of this man, Harvey Dent, who has been held up to you as the shining example of justice. You have been supplied with a false idol to stop you from tearing down this corrupt city. Let me tell you the truth about Harvey Dent, from the words of Gotham's police commissioner, James Gordon: "The Batman didn't murder Harvey Dent. He saved my boy and took the blame for Harvey's appalling crime, so that I could to my shame build a lie around this fallen idol. I praised the mad man who tried to murder my own child. While I can no longer live with my lie, it is time to trust the people of Gotham with the truth, and it is time for me to resign." And do you accept this man's resignation? And do you accept the resignation of all these liars? Of all the corrupt? We take Gotham from the corrupt, the rich, the oppressors of generations who kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you, the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere, do as you please. Start by storming Blackgate and free the oppressed. Step forward, those who would serve, for an army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened, spoils will be enjoyed. Blood will be shed. The police will survive as they learn to survive true justice. This great city... it will endure. Gotham will survive.


  • Selina Kyle:You could have gone anywhere, but you came back.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:So did you.

    Selina Kyle:Well then I guess we're both suckers.


  • Bane:We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you... the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please. Start by storming Blackgate, and freeing the oppressed! Step forward those who would serve. For and army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests, and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened. Spoils will be enjoyed. Blood will be shed. The police will survive, as they learn to serve true justice. This great city... it will endure. Gotham will survive!


  • John Blake:Not a lot of people know what it feels like to be angry, in your bones. I mean, they understand, foster parents, everybody understands, for awhile. Then they want the angry little kid to do something he knows he can't do, move on. So after awhile they stop understanding. They send the angry kid to a boys home. I figured it out too late. You gotta learn to hide the anger, practice smiling in the mirror. It's like putting on a mask.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:If this man is everything that you say he is, then this city needs me.

    Alfred:This city needs Bruce Wayne, your resources, your knowledge. It doesn't need your body, or your life. That time has passed.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:You're afraid that if I go back out there I'll fail.

    Alfred:No. I'm afraid that you want to.


  • Alfred: You two should exchange notes over coffee.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:So now you're trying to set me up with a jewel thief?

    Alfred:At this point, I'd set you up with a chimpanzee if it'd brought you back to the world!

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:There's nothing out there for me.

    Alfred:And that's the problem. You hung up your cape and your cowl, but you didn't move on, you never went to find a life, to find someone.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Alfred... I did find someone.

    Alfred:I know, and you lost her. But that's all part of living, sir. But you're not living. You're just waiting, hoping for things to go bad again.


  • Alfred:Remember when you left Gotham? Before all this, before Batman? You were gone seven years. Seven years I waited, hoping that you wouldn't come back. Every year, I took a holiday. I went to Florence, there's this cafe, on the banks of the Arno. Every fine evening, I'd sit there and order a Fernet Branca. I had this fantasy, that I would look across the tables and I'd see you there, with a wife and maybe a couple of kids. You wouldn't say anything to me, nor me to you. But we'd both know that you'd made it, that you were happy. I never wanted you to come back to Gotham. I always knew there was nothing here for you, except pain and tragedy. And I wanted something more for you than that. I still do.


  • John Blake:Those men locked up for eight years in Blackgate, and denied parole under the Dent Act, based on a lie?

    Gordon:Gotham needed a hero...

    John Blake: It needs it now more than ever. You betrayed everything you stood for.

    Gordon:There's a point, far out there when the structures fail you, and the rules aren't weapons anymore, they're... shackles letting the bad guy get ahead. One day... you may face such a moment of crisis. And in that moment, I hope you have a friend like I did, to plunge their hands into the filth so that you can keep yours clean!

    John Blake:Your hands look plenty filthy to me, Commissioner.


  • Bane:Behind you stands a symbol of oppression; Blackgate Prison, where a thousand men have languished under the name of this man: [holds up a picture of Harvey Dent]

    Bane:Harvey Dent, who has been held up to you as the shining example of justice.

    John Blake:[to Gordon, at Blake's apartment] We're just going to keep moving you until we can get you in front of a camera.

    Bane:You have been supplied with a false idol to stop you from tearing down this corrupt city. Let me tell you the truth about Harvey Dent from the words of Gotham's police commissioner, James Gordon. 'The Batman didn't murder Harvey Dent, he saved my boy then took the blame for Harvey's appalling crimes so that I could, to my shame, build a lie around this fallen idol. I praised the mad man who tried to murder my own child but I can no longer live with my lie. It is time to trust the people of Gotham with the truth and it is time for me to resign.' And do you accept this man's resignation? Do you accept the resignation of all these liars? Of all the corrupt?


  • Gordon:[reading from the book "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens] I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.

    Gordon:[reading from the book 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Charles Dickens] I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.


  • Holly Robinson:This is the stock exchange. There's no money you can steal!

    Bane:Really? Then, why are you people in here?


  • Bane:[upon witnessing firecrackers] Theatricality and deception. Powerful agents for the uninitiated. But we *are* initiated. Aren't we, Bruce?


  • Bane:Oh, yes! I was wondering what would break first... Your spirit [pulls Batman up with both hands and then breaks his back with knee]! OR YOUR BODY!

    Bane:Oh, yes! I was wondering what would break first... Your spirit [pulls Batman up with both hands and then breaks his back with knee] OR YOUR BODY!


  • Bane:Let's not stand on ceremony here, Mr. Wayne.


  • Selina Kyle:Perhaps you're being unrealistic as to what exactly you have in yours pants, other than your wallet.


  • Miranda Tate:Innocent is a strong word to throw around Gotham, Bruce. I'll honor my father by finishing his work. Vengeance against the man who killed him is simply reward for my patience. You see it's the slow knife that takes its time, the knife that waits years without forgetting that slips quietly in between the bones and cuts deepest.


  • Alfred:I never wanted you to come back to Gotham. I knew that there was nothing for you in here, other than despair and suffering.


  • Fox:(About The Bat) She fly pretty well?

    Fox:[about The Bat] She fly pretty well?

    Lucius Fox:[about The Bat] She fly okay?

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Even without the Autopilot...

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:Yeah, even without the autopilot.

    Fox:Autopilot? That's what you're there for!

    Lucius Fox:Autopilot? That's what you're there for!


  • Gordon:I see a beautiful city and brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.


  • Bane:Calm down, Doctor. Now is not the time for fear. That comes later!


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:I watched you die.

    Ra's al Ghul:There are many forms of immortality, Bruce.


  • Bruce Wayne/Batman:Where am I?

    Bane:Home, where I learned the truth about despair, as will you. There's a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth...hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy...so simple...and like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamoring over each other to "stay in the sun." You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny...we will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die.

    Bane:Home, where I learned the truth about despair, as will you. There's a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth...hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy...so simple...and like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamoring over each other to 'stay in the sun.' You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny...we will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die.


  • Alfred:[To Bruce] I never wanted you to come back to Gotham, because I know there's nothing for you here except for pain and tragedy. And I wanted more for you than that. I still do.

    Alfred:[to Bruce] I never wanted you to come back to Gotham, because I know there's nothing for you here except for pain and tragedy. And I wanted more for you than that. I still do.


  • Selina Kyle:[Getting into 'The Bat'] My mother warned me about get into cars with strange men.

    Selina Kyle:[getting into 'The Bat'] My mother warned me about get into cars with strange men.

    Bruce Wayne/Batman:This isn't a car.


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15 Bane Quotes That Would Strike Fear Even in Batman

Batman's rogues' gallery has generally been regarded as the best. While not many of them can bring Batman to submission, the most notable one is Bane who was one of the first villains that broke the Caped Crusader both physically and mentally. By "break" we mean broke his bones, his spirit, and his pride. That's how menacing Bane can be depending on the writer.

To make Bane more intimidating, he just doesn't seem to show any sign of weakness other than his reliance on a strength-enhancing drug called Venom, or for some, steroids on steroids. This gives Bane an enormous physical advantage over Batman. However, that doesn't mean Bane is an oaf who is all brawn and no brains. In fact, he has plenty of brains to spare and can even match the Batman in wits. He has shown time and again that his mind can be as sharp as his fighting skills or as strong as his muscles. Sometimes, he does by a display of strategy, and sometimes by imparting some words that can shake Batman's very foundations as a crime fighter.

Updated by Julian Beauvais on October 20th, 2020With news of Matt Reeves' Robert Pattinson-led Batman film having thoroughly made the rounds by now, talk has turned to which villains might have made the final cut. Glimpses of grim and gritty, realistic versions of The Riddler and The Penguin have fans speculating what other iconic Bat-villains may be haunting Pattinson's Dark Knight. Chief amongst the hopefuls is Bane, who was not only admirably portrayed by Tom Hardy but has an ominous reputation in the comics as well. Now seemed like a good time to revisit some of the lines that made Bane so fearsome.

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15 "IT WOULD BE EXTREMELY PAINFUL...FOR YOU."

Bane's introduction to the audience in The Dark Knight Rises came from a seemingly compromised position, having been captured and interrogated by the CIA. As the CIA agent threatens to remove Bane's mask in an attempt to cause him pain, Bane reassures the agent it would, indeed, be painful — for the agent himself. Such a sign of steadfast self-assurance in the face of insurmountable odds would be enough to give anyone cause for pause, especially considering Bane's fearsome and enigmatic reputation.

14 "NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR FEAR... THAT COMES LATER."

Bane matches Batman's propensity for measured actions backed up by calculated thought. His methodical approach to everything he does has won him great victories in both comics and various media, as was evident in The Dark Knight Rises.

Having successfully captured the fugitive Doctor Pavel from the CIA, Bane calmly reassures him not to be afraid during their convoluted airplane escape. "Now is not the time for fear" he mentions, "that comes later," in a bone-chilling revelation of what's to come both for the doctor himself and Gotham City.

13 "I AM NECESSARY EVIL."

Bane’s conviction in his own ideals and aims went far beyond simple belief. His fanaticism bordered on the religious, and he was more than willing to sacrifice anything, even himself, to fulfill the mandate of The League of Shadows.

Like a good acolyte, he had no qualms about picking up where Ra’s Al Ghul failed and tried his utmost to not only destroy Gotham City physically but reduce it a husk of its former spirit. He truly believed he was “a necessary evil” to rid humanity of Gotham’s corruption, and the lengths he went to were enough to chill anyone’s soul.

12 "YOU MERELY ADOPTED THE DARK..."

"You merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding! The shadows betray you because they belong to me.

By far one of the most popular quotes by Bane and you probably know where this came from. Christopher Nolan took a few liberties with his version of Bane for The Dark Knight Rises but in the end, he gave live-action Bane some sweet justice on-screen.

Bane's words, which are probably being used by a lot of fitness buffs and bodybuilders as inspirational quotes, have established how better he is of a warrior than Batman. Even without his Venom drug, his strength was equal or better than Batman's. The difference was, Bane's more used to a hard life than a billionaire's heir.

11 "PEACE HAS COST YOU YOUR STRENGTH!"

Batman prides himself as being the top costume wearer in Gotham and always wins... usually. Then Bane usually comes along to shake that comfy bat off his pedestal by breaking him. Because unlike Batman, Bane is a man who never stops or has never known peace.

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There's no Batcave, mansion, or butler to cradle Bane after a hard days' work (of crime). For that matter, Bane will always be more prepared and stronger than Batman when it comes to combat. Bane somehow felt the need to reiterate this in the quote above while beating Batman to a pulp in The Dark Knight Rises.

10 "DO YOU FEEL IN CHARGE?"

One of the most iconic moments of The Dark Knight Rises. Bane puts his hand on a noisy and bossy rich guy, asks this question, and immediately shuts him up and sends him trembling. You can feel the violence in his voice and gesture and the most threatening part was that he merely used words.

Even the Joker would not be able to do that to an unruly thug without having to hurt him physically. That goes to show Bane's confidence and dominance; no need for loud tantrums or outright violence. If simple and calm words can't do the trick, then you're not scary or authoritative enough.

9 "WE WILL DESTROY GOTHAM... THEN YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION TO DIE."

Gotta hand it to Bane. Despite being juiced up and enraged to the core with his Venom, he often will not go for the kill. No, Bane prefers torture and a slow death for the grandest of his victims. That's why he made Batman watch him and his henchmen rip Gotham apart piece-by-piece in The Dark Knight Rises. That's also where this famous Bane quote came from.

It shows just how diabolical Bane can be, destroying what his enemy loves while he is watching. Of course, there's no doubt that Batman loves Gotham more than anything, it's his father's legacy, after all.

8 "LET'S NOT STAND ON CEREMONY HERE... MR. WAYNE."

"Mr. Wayne." Two words that would have made Batman urinate in his Batsuit, but he's probably prepared for that scenario too. Bane uttering those words in The Dark Knight Rises, however, was something unexpected even by the World's Best Detective.

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Why did he not just reveal to the world that Batman was Bruce Wayne and let the people ruin him? Because that's cowardly, and Bane wants to defeat THE Batman, not let others do it for him. In the comics, he is kind of obsessed with him and also knew who he was just by carefully studying him. When you think about it, Bane not sharing Batman's greatest secret to the world is quite a clever move. You wouldn't want the world to know your leverage on your enemy, right?

7 "NO ONE CARED WHO I WAS UNTIL I PUT ON THE MASK."

A quote that's probably more chilling for Batman than for us to hear. Bane said it on The Dark Knight Rises and it showed how similar he was to the Batman. They are both alike, both children who got the short end of the stick with Bane getting only splinters. Moreover, Bane was probably what Batman would have been if Bruce Wayne wasn't Richie Rich.

For both damaged characters, the mask was everything. It was their true face, their ambition, and their reputation. The man behind it was merely the disguise, though Bane never really took his off, willingly.

6 "THE WORLD IS MY PRISON. I WILL RULE IT OR DIE."

Bane had one of the harshest upbringings in comic books, having been born and raised in a South American prison. Whereas maturing in such circumstances would have broken a lesser man, Bane grew to conquer his environment, becoming the unbridled master of the prison.

Moreover, he escaped and sought to subdue the symbol of his only fear: bats. Traveling to Gotham, he succeeded in defeating Batman and taking over the city. Bane lives his nihilistic motto, proving that he can indeed rule the prison that is his world. That should give anyone cause for concern.

5 "YOU WILL KNOW MY NAME ONE DAY. AND ON THAT DAY YOU WILL BEG FOR MERCY."

Batman encountered Bane briefly on his arrival in Gotham when Bane was performing reconnaissance to learn about his foe. There, he issued a stark warning to Batman, stating, "You will know my name one day. And on that day you will beg for mercy. You will scream my name! SCREAM IT!" Used to being threatened, Batman shrugged it off. Perhaps if he had known how devastatingly disastrous Bane's emergence would have on both his life and Gotham's history, Batman may have taken that proclamation more seriously.

4 "THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CHILDHOOD. IT'S A MYTH."

Here we go, even more similarities between Bane and Batman. Bane first said this in the comic book series, Secret SixVol. 3 #16. Had Bane said such words to Batman, the Dark Knight probably would have froze and contemplated his miserable childhood. Bane's childhood is not much different. In his established origin story, Bane was imprisoned as a child after his insurgent and incarcerated father escaped prison. The corrupt government of the fictional Latin American country of Santa Prisca decreed Bane should serve his father's prison sentence as a replacement despite his young age.

There, Bane learned the hard way to grow up. He spent most of his time in the prison gym and learning to defend himself. Still, he did not let prison dull his wisdom. He grabbed and read any book he could find and learned what he can. He also committed his first murder at the age of eight, the same age Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered. Both skipped childhood and had to learn to become a man. Regardless, Bane's childhood makes Bruce's billion-dollar support system look like paradise.

3 "I'D KILL FOR ANYTHING..."

"I’d kill for anything. I’d kill to silence a grating voice, to darken the light in the eyes that dared look at me."

Beautiful and brutal, Bane's smarts are as big as his muscles, so don't be surprised at his rosy threats. Growing up in prison, Bane has learned to speak several languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin.

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Still, it doesn't take much to rile Bane up. After all, he doesn't really have much to fear, being one of the biggest villains in Batman's rogues' gallery. Bane has proven to be intolerant of failures or blunders, both from himself or his henchmen. At one point, Bane has even taken over Gotham's underworld and became the supreme kingpin, defeating everyone-- even the Joker.

2 "I AM NOT A JOKE. I AM NOT A RIDDLE!... I AM BANE!"

"I am not a joke. I am not a riddle! I am not a bird or a cat or a penguin! I'm not a scarecrow or a plant or a puppet! I am not your broken friend! I am not your regretful teacher! I am not a child's fairy tale! I am not a circus act here to amuse and frighten you! I am not another one of your madmen howling at the moon! And I... I am not... I am not some rich boy playing dress-up! I AM BANE!"

A quote from Batman, Volume 3: I Am Bane. The Penguin, Catwoman, the Joker, the Riddler, Two-Face, etc.-- even the Dark Knight, all have one thing in common, they're all coo-coo-kachoo. Their plans? Equally outrageous, and a billionaire dressed who dresses as a bat is no exception. Bane, however, well, he gets to the point.

Bane's one of the few Batman villains who everyone can take seriously and who looks like he can actually do damage. Oh sure, sometimes he dresses up like a luchador every now and then (because of his origin), but his superhuman strength and genius-level intellect have made him more than a match for Batman.

1 "I AM BANE-- AND I COULD KILL YOU... INSTEAD, I WILL SIMPLY... BREAK YOU!"

"I am Bane -- and I could kill you... but death would only end your agony -- and silence your shame. Instead, I will simply... BREAK YOU!"

Bane was perhaps one of the first supervillains to dominate Batman. He's the one who "broke the bat" so to speak, by literally breaking Batman's back and forcing him in a temporary retirement while he heals. Bane did this in Batman Vol 1 #497 which is the origin of that quote. Bane simply could have killed him, like he said, but he's no simple criminal-- he actually has his own rules and conviction. To this day, Batman's easy and disgraceful defeat at the hands of Bane is one of the most notable disasters in the Dark Knight's crime-fighting career. Of course, Batman got back up once he healed and owned Bane. Because he's Batman.

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Bane : [addressing media reporters outside the prison]  Behind you is a symbol of oppression. Blackgate Prison, where a thousand men have languished under the name of this man,

[holds up a picture of Harvey Dent] 

Bane : Harvey Dent, who has been held up to you as the shining example of justice!

John Blake : [to Gordon, at Blake's apartment]  Commissioner, we need to keep you moving until we can get you in front of a camera.

Bane : You have been supplied with a false idol to stop you from tearing down this CORRUPT CITY! Let me tell you the truth about Harvey Dent from the words of Gotham's police commissioner, James Gordon.

[holds up Gordon's speech papers and begins to read] 

Bane : "The Batman didn't murder Harvey Dent, he saved my boy then took the blame for Harvey's appalling crimes so that I could, to my shame, build a lie around this fallen idol. I praised the mad man who tried to murder my own child but I can no longer live with my lie. It is time to trust the people of Gotham with the truth and it is time for me to resign."

[calls to prisoners] 

Bane : And do you accept this man's resignation? Do you accept the resignation of all these liars? Of all the CORRUPT?

[prisoners roar with approval] 

John Blake : Those men locked up for eight years in Blackgate, and denied parole under the Dent Act, based on a lie?

Jim Gordon : Gotham needed a hero...

John Blake : It needs it now more than ever. You betrayed everything you stood for.

Jim Gordon : There's a point, far out there when the structures fail you, and the rules aren't weapons anymore, they're... shackles letting the bad guy get ahead. One day... you may face such a moment of crisis. And in that moment, I hope you have a friend like I did, to plunge their hands into the filth so that you can keep yours clean!

John Blake : [disgusted]  Your hands look plenty filthy to me, Commissioner.

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Nine best Bane quotes from The Dark Knight Rises

In The Dark Knight Rises (2012), despite the huge cast of characters, one figure stands out amongst the crowd, and that figure is Bane. The burly behemoth cuts a bloody path through Gotham City and delivers some memorable dialogue in the process. 

In this post I take a look at nine pieces of dialogue from Bane. These are the best Bane quotes from The Dark Knight Rises.

There’s no winning in this game…

“Peace has cost you your strength! Victory has defeated you!”

Making it clear you are on borrowed time…

“You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra’s al Ghul’s destiny. We will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die.”

Been there, done that…

“Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding!”

It’s make or break time…

“Ah, yes, I was wondering what would break first. Your spirit, or your body?”

Sometimes you have to make a statement…

“No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.”

A vote for me is a vote for chaos…

“We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you, the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere.”

You called?…

“Speak of the devil and he shall appear.”

Giving credit where credit is due…

“What a lovely, lovely voice.”

And finally, when a job needs doing…

“I’m Gotham’s reckoning. Here to end the borrowed time you’ve all been living on!”

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Bane was the friend and protector of Talia al Ghul and the field commander of the League of Shadows. (Source)

These are inspirational, motivational, wise, and funny Bane quotes, sayings, and proverbs that inspire us. See more quotes by topic on MindBootstrap.

 

Oh, you think darkness is your ally? But you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man. By then, it was nothing to me but blinding. The shadows betray you because they belong to me. ~Bane

 

It doesn’t matter who we are, what matters is our plan. ~Bane

 

Keep calm now is not the time for fear that comes later. ~Bane

 

I will break you. ~Bane

 

Theatricality and deception powerful agents against the uninitiated but we are initiated. ~Bane

 

Peace has cost you your strength. Victory has defeated you! ~Bane

 

You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra’s al Ghul’s destiny…We will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die. ~Bane

 

I wondered what would break first your spirit? or your body? ~Bane

 

So you came back to die with your city. ~Bane

 

No one cared who I was until I put on the mask. ~Bane

 

Speak of the devil and he shall appear. ~Bane

 

What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins. ~Bane

 

When you finish your vegetables. You have my permission to play. ~Bane

 

They say time heals all wounds but that presumes the source of the grief is finite. ~Bane

 

Home, where I learned the truth about despair, as will you. There’s a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth…Hope. ~Bane

 

Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy…So simple… ~Bane

 

When Gotham is ashes…You have my permission to die. ~Bane

 

Star can’t shine without darkness. ~Bane

And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamoring over each other to “Stay in the sun.” ~Bane

I didn’t see the light until I was already a man by then it was nothing to me but blinding. ~Bane

 

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He may not have the Joker’s darkly comedic talents, but Bane is nonetheless one of the most iconic villains Batman has faced in his long history of crime-fighting.

Much more serious and somber than many of Batman’s other foes, he delivers the sort of lines that bring a heaviness to Batman media. Below, we’ve listed twenty of our favorites.

“I am not a joke. I am not a riddle! I am not a bird or a cat or a penguin! I’m not a scarecrow or a plant or a puppet! I am not your broken friend! I am not your regretful teacher! I am not a child’s fairy tale! I am not a circus act here to amuse and frighten you! I am not another one of your madmen howling at the moon! And I…I am not some rich boy playing dress-up! I am BANE!” – Batman: Rebirth

Taken from the Batman: Rebirth comic book, this line has Bane rather solidly confirming his distinct nature as a villain. He drops nods to various other members of Batman’s classic rogues’ gallery and declares himself to be above all of them. It’s a very clear-cut way of letting the reader know that he’s a villain who is defined chiefly by his seriousness.

“Nobody cared who I was before I put on the mask.” – The Dark Knight Rises

Arguably the most iconic line from Bane’s most iconic appearance, this line is a rather hard-hitting reflection of how those of us who enjoy superhero-based media often only regard both superheroes and supervillains as interesting when they don their costumes and take on their “super” personas; who they were before this is of little interest to us.

Fittingly, in this particular manifestation of Bane, we’re not told his real name and are given almost no information about his pre-Bane life. Our interest in him lies in his role as a villain, not as a human being.

“The fire rises.” – The Dark Knight Rises

Bane speaks these words early on in The Dark Knight Rises. It’s a grimly prophetic nod to the tremendous chaos and discord that he will soon sew in Gotham.

“Do you feel in charge?” – The Dark Knight Rises

Bane asks this question of John Daggett, a rich board member of Wayne Enterprises. The fact that he is saying these words to such an obviously powerful man indicates how he plans to absolutely shatter Gotham’s social hierarchy and structure.

“I was wondering what would break first – your spirit, or your body.” – The Dark Knight Rises

In saying these words to Batman, Bane reflects the grim, desperate situation that Batman is in and his own strengths. Bane is a villain defined by his inhuman physical might and shrewd, intelligent, calculating nature. In brief, while he was wondering whether Batman’s mind or body would break first, it’s more than within his ability to break both.

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“I’m Gotham’s reckoning. Here to end the borrowed time you’ve all been living on.” – The Dark Knight Rises

Lines like this show Bane’s deepset confidence. He sees his mission to fulfill Ra’s al Ghul’s vision of destroying Gotham as inevitably successful. The people of Gotham, he believes, have not triumphed by surviving as long as they have; they have merely delayed the inevitable. It’s this absolute belief in his inevitable victory that makes Bane such a foreboding foe.

“When Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die.” – The Dark Knight Rises

The sadistic nature of this line reflects Bane’s deep-set determination – in this case, his determination to show Batman that he has truly won and that Ra’s al Ghul’s dream of destroying Gotham will, despite all his lifelong efforts, be carried out.

“You don’t fear death. You welcome it. Your punishment must be more severe.” – The Dark Knight Rises

Another example of Bane’s sadism towards Batman; these words reflect how well he understands Batman’s inner philosophy. He knows well that Batman would not object to dying if he knew that he died fighting to bring peace to Gotham. It is dying knowing that he has lost, and that Gotham is doomed, that he truly dreads – and that’s just what Bane wants.

“You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man. By then, it was nothing to me but blinding! The shadows betray you because they belong to me!” – The Dark Knight Rises

This quote from Bane has many layers to it. On the one hand, it’s a reflection of how he grew up in the Pit, surrounded by darkness and danger all his life. By extension, it’s a reflection of how, being so immersed in the worst of humanity all his life, he had little chance of growing up into anything but the psychopath that he became.

But perhaps most chillingly, this line confirms that one of Batman’s greatest strengths – his ability to draw upon both his skill in hiding in the shadows and the hardships he has endured throughout his life to give him an edge in combat – is useless here. Bane has him beat on both counts.

“Peace has cost you your strength!” – The Dark Knight Rises

In a similar vein to the previous quote, Bane’s words here reflect how the hardships of his life have given him an edge in brutality over Batman.

Gotham, and by extension Batman, have known brief periods of peace and victory. Bane, by contrast, has not known peace a moment in his life. Thus, he has necessarily had to grow stronger and more brutal than Batman could hope to be.

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“We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you… the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please. Start by storming Blackgate and freeing the oppressed! Step forward those who would serve. For and army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests, and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened. Spoils will be enjoyed. Blood will be shed. The police will survive, as they learn to serve true justice. This great city… it will endure. Gotham will survive!” – The Dark Knight Rises

Bane speaks these words to Gotham’s disaffected criminals, spurring them to bring about anarchy and chaos in the streets. Of course, as is quickly made clear to us, these words do not reflect any sincere belief on his part. He plans to destroy Gotham completely, and the false hope that these words bring to the cities downtrodden is merely a cog in his sadistic plan.

“There’s a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth… Hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy… So simple… And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamouring over each other to ‘stay in the sun’.” – The Dark Knight Rises

With these words, Bane describes the horrors of the prison where he grew up and outlines how it shaped a key aspect of his sadistic philosophy: the devastating power of hope.

In all his years in the Pit, he learned how that small hope of climbing the wall to freedom was the main source of the prisoners’ despair. He plans to destroy Gotham in that same way: by giving its doomed citizens some vain hope that they can come out on top.

“Theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated.” – The Dark Knight Rises

In the context of the film, this line feels almost like something of a confession. Bane is a deeply theatrical, charismatic villain (thanks in great part, of course, to Tom Hardy’s excellent performance), but by his own admission, this is part of his deceptive agenda.

The theatrics he puts on are the means by which he retains his henchmen’s loyalty and sells his false ideology to the criminals of Gotham. But this theatricality, he knows full well, will never work on Batman – they are, after all, both students of Ra’s al Ghul.

“I’m necessary evil.” – The Dark Knight Rises

For all the deceptive things he says, one gets the sense that this, at least, is something Bane truly believes. He is a genuine believer in Ra’s al Ghul’s goal of destroying Gotham once and for all and sees his own villainy as a necessity for carrying out this goal. Of course, given how sadistic he is while doing so, it’s debatable just how much of his evil can truly be called “necessary”.

“That’s a lovely, lovely voice.” – The Dark Knight Rises

Out of context, this quote seems innocent enough. In context, it’s bizarre and a reflection of Bane’s unhinged nature.

The fact that he’s taking a moment to do something as wholesome as appreciate a young man singing the national anthem before a crowded stadium, moments before charging onto the field and revealing an armed bomb to that same crowd, probably only makes sense to him.

“Calm down, doctor. Now is not the time for fear. That comes later.” – The Dark Knight Rises

A simple line but horrifying in retrospect once you become familiar with the Bane character. When someone like that tells you that you need to be afraid, you really don’t have any reason not to believe he means it. Moreover, it’s another piece of foreshadowing of the horror he will bring to Gotham.

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“Crashing this plane…with no survivors.” – The Dark Knight Rises

Bane says this to a CIA agent in response to the question of what the next step in his plan is. It’s one of his less eloquent moments, and it’s all the more horrifying for how bluntly he states it.

“There is no such thing as childhood. It’s a myth.” – Secret Six

It seems natural that Bane, with his miserable childhood spent largely in incarceration, would have a (to say the least) cynical view of the concept of childhood happiness.

In this sense, Bane hints at one way in which he and Batman may, in fact, be similar. Batman, after all, was set onto the path of heroism he took chiefly because of the traumatizing experiences that defined his own childhood.

“May you find the peace in death that you did not find in life.” – Batman: Arkham Origins

Considering Bane utters this line to Batman while trying to kill him and does so without a trace of irony in his voice, it’s a strangely poignant moment. After all, Batman is a deeply tormented soul, and it seems unlikely he’ll ever find true peace, which is a major driving force behind his actions.

Bane’s seemingly sincere wish to see Batman find peace is one of those moments that really drives home how he’s among his more serious and wise of foes.

“I am Bane, and I could kill you. Instead, I will simply break you.” – Batman Vol. 1

Breaking Batman is one of Bane’s central motivations in The Dark Knight Rises, but years before this, he broke Batman physically by smashing him over his knee in Batman Volume 1 #497, wherein he utters this quote. It’s a defiant line that succinctly summarises how he was one of the first supervillains to truly dominate the seemingly invincible Batman.

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