With just over a month to go before the release of The Dark Knight Rises, we’re getting some new compelling details on the main antagonists of the movie: Bane and Catwoman. The recently released Dark Knight Rises: The Secret Files Scrapbook hardcover includes bios for the characters, which offer some spoilery clues to their motivation in the film. Read below, if you dare:
Bane: Little is known about Bane. He was born in prison and trained in the darkest forms of deception by the League of Shadows, but rumor has it he was cast out due to his extreme behavior. Bane is a ferocious hand-to-hand fighter who is willing to do anything in order to take down his opponents. Bane is in peak physical shape, but he must wear a breathing apparatus that feeds him with pain relieving gas due to an old injury. He’s never been photographed without his mask and only a handful of people have seen his face. While his true motives remain a mystery, he appears to be building an army of followers in the dark tunnels underneath Gotham in order to create his own League of Shadows.
Selina Kyle: Selina Kyle is a world-class cat burglar and mistress of disguise. She’s cunning and devious, but has a deep sense of honor. As Catwoman, she targets Gotham’s wealthiest. Her weapons usually include infrared goggles, bladed high-heel boots, and a belt filled with lock picks.
The reference to the League of Shadows in Bane’s profile is interesting. It certainly adds credence to a reprise from Ra’s al Ghul in the film if maybe Bane is out there trying to make his own. Will Ra’s, or maybe daughter Talia, be able to stay away if Bane’s leading his own perverted version of the League? And how does Catwoman’s path cross with Bane? That’s still a question that isn’t answered here.
Damn you Nolan!
The Dark Knight Rises is out in theaters July 20.