In the last few days, Ben Affleck's The Batman has been under a lot of fire (more so than usual) after Affleck announced that he was stepping down in order to focus more on perfecting his portrayal of The Caped Crusader. However, Affleck is still on board to remain a producer for the film. That said, fans have been in a frenzy over the announcement as there still have been very few details actually released about the project.
Perhaps one of the highest items in question is who will be playing the villain for the film? It's safe to assume that the villain will be Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke considering there are pictures of him in the suit. So, conversation over, right? Maybe not. Maybe there is actually someone else that Warner Bros. has in mind? His name is Bane.
'DC Rebirth: Batman'
For those who aren't familiar, the DC Rebirth: Batman line has basically made #Bane a center-piece in the series. It all started with a story arc titled "I Am Suicide," where Batman leads his crew of Arkham inmates (featuring Catwoman and a few other familiar Batman villains) to a northern island of Mexico that houses the Peña Dura prison. There, Batman vows to reattain a man named Psycho Pirate (who we later find out Batman needs him to help cure Gotham Girl) who is currently held captive by Bane.
The arc progressed through a couple of issues and featured a rematch between Batman and Bane, and ultimately Catwoman tricking Bane in order to help Batman's plan succeed. From here, we see Batman and Catwoman's confusing relationship on full blast for the next couple of issues. Finally, in DC Rebirth: Batman #16, a new story arc titled "I Am Bane" (reflecting a similar title to that of the "I Am Suicide" arc) brings Bane once again to the center of attention. In the issue, we Bruce meet up with his former Robins Dick Grayson, Damian Wayne, and Jason Todd at a Batman-themed fast food joint called Batburger. Duke Thomas is also there to join them.
During their lunch meeting, Bruce is quite upset with the restaurant's theme and warns the four heroes that they need to get out of town to avoid Bane's arrival. After Bruce leaves, all the former Robins decide that they will stay in town and help take down Bane. It's worth noting that Duke decides that he is going to listen to Bruce because he doesn't want to end up dead and coming back to life like the other three. That said, the issue really takes a turn when Bruce and Alfred attempt to take Gotham Girl down to the Batcave (to start treatments) only to find the bodies of the three former Robins hanging from the ceiling with the words "I Am Bane" written on them!
While this is shocking, we still can't be sure that this are the actual bodies of the former Robins or not. Yet, all of this action from Bane may be hinting that we may see him on screen much sooner than we think.
'The Dark Knight Rises'
As many probably remember, it wasn't that long ago that we saw Tom Hardy portray Bane on the big screen in The Dark Knight Rises. While Hardy's performance was pretty solid, it still lacked the luster that many would have hoped a live-action Bane would have. It also marked as the second time that Bane has appeared on the big screen, as he previously made his debut back in 1995's Batman Forever (let's just not talk about that one though). That aside, we did get to see the iconic breaking of Batman's back in TDKR and some other great Bane-featured scenes. So why bring him back so soon and for a third time? Well, here's why!
The DCEU Batman Is A Grittier Batman
It's no secret that Affleck's #Batman is by far the most raw and aggressive version of Batman we have ever seen on screen. For the first time, we are dealing with a Batman who has been through war and has become somewhat hardened to the world around him. Also, let's not forget that Affleck is, in fact, the biggest Batman that has yet to step into the role in terms of height and overall size. These reasons alone are why I think adding Bane into #TheBatman would make for some great entertainment. Just think of the two of them clashing in a hand-to-hand fight using nothing but pure, brute strength to beat the other.
That said, I wouldn't advise that Warner Bros. tries to recreate the breaking of Batman's back again, but instead try some other storylines that the two have shared. In fact, I think it would be cool if they decided to come up with some brand new storyline organically. Either way, Bane is a solid fit for the DCEU's current version of Batman.
At the end of the day, I do feel as if the comics are potentially hinting that Bane will enter into the #DCEU. That said, I do understand that comics and films don't necessarily correlate at all times, but I have a feeling that they might in this case. The character of Bane just has so much more to be explored that it would be a shame if he never returns. He's a perfect fit, but it's up to Warner Bros., so I guess here's to hoping.
What do you think? Will we see Bane in the DCEU? Let me know in the comments down below!