As he should be.
I just wanted to apologise for the lack of posting lately. I have just moved to a new city and started a new job and it was quite sudden and very big move, so I haven’t been able to maintain the blog for a while. In fact, I only just got internet access.
Over the next few days I will get the posting going again and queue a shitload of posts so that you guys aren’t left without your daily Bane!
Once again, thank you to all of you who are still so supportive of this blog and I promise you the blog will be back on track asap. Just bear with me and thanks for your patience.
Joel Schumacher’s version of Bane was, as you rightly put it, an abomination. But so was that entire movie*, so… I think Schumacher tried to occupy the space between cartoon and 1960s tv series Batman, but, as you again point out, he did so in the cultural climate of the ’90s, which was already heavily cartoony. I think cultural climates are actually very important in these movie portrayals.
For example, the interpretation of Bane that Nolan gives us came in around the 99%/Occupy Wall Street movements, so the cultural climate, globally, was one of the haves vs the have-nots, where the have-nots have the power in numbers to rise up, which is the pseudo-anarchistic dream that Bane tries to sell the people of Gotham. So both cinematic portrayals are somewhat influenced by the culture around them, which influences how movie-makers can construct these characters.
I have mixed feelings about a cinematic portrayal of Bane that sticks closer to the comics. I love the comic book Bane back-story and general story arc, I guess. But there are times when he veers into domestic abuse and is much more indiscriminately and unnecessarily vile. I think that may be hard to translate for the big screen. Comic book characters can get away with more because they are somewhat detached from reality as graphics as opposed to actual human actors.
I think a more comic-faithful version of Bane is totally doable in another movie universe. But I think it would have to be a universe similar in seriousness and groundedness to Nolan’s Batman universe. Bane is very serious character. And I don’t mean humourless; but his cause is serious, his pain is serious, his situation is serious. So his character needs to be treated seriously. Which is why the Schumacher abomination is universally despised. If someone is willing to treat Bane seriously, I think there is a hell of a lot of awesome cinematic stuff that could be done with a more comic-faithful Bane.
This was a very cool ask and I really enjoyed having a good think about it! So thanks!
* I will confess I loved Uma Thurman’s Poison Ivy. I don’t know why, and I’m not proud of it, but I’ve learned to live with it.
I am so sorry for leaving this request sitting in my inbox for so long!
I promise I will eventually get this gifset done. I am in the process of moving to a new city and starting a new job, so I just haven’t had time to do this yet. I apologise from the bottom of my heart!
But I will get this done eventually. Promise!