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Five Reasons We Need a Bane Movie Now

Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

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“The Dark Knight Rises,” now in seventh place on the all time box office charts with a global gross of over a billion dollars, would have not been as successful if not for the audacity of Batman’s antagonist. Already Bane is one of the great antiheroes in the history of film, hijacking social media conversations throughout the summer. Joel Schumacher almost singlehandedly ruined Bane with his campy, banal interpretation of the thoroughly intriguing DC supervillain. Chris Nolan’s Bane, however, the dark knight nemesis in this summer’s blockbuster, all but stole the movie away from Batman with his commitment to the cause of pure, unmitigated evil.

Bane is the ultimate anti-hero. The comparisons to Darth Vader are not wholly without merit — both wear respirators, both men are deliciously evil. And like Vader, Bane – and Bane-isms on social media – has taken on a life of his own. But there are so many questions about Bane left unanswered at the end of “The Dark Knight Rises.” We need to go back, “Memento”-style, to fully understand Bane, a villain that is quite frankly worth fully understanding. Here are five reasons why we need a Bane movie for some closure.


The Origin

What about Bane’s backstory? Bane was created in the early 90s, the son of a revolutionary who was sentenced to some Caribbean prison from birth as punishment for his father’s crimes against the dictatorship. Chris Nolan and David Goyer’s Bane, however, is slightly different than the comic book character.

Bane’s origin in the film, unfortunately, was left on the cutting room floor. Although Bane’s origin is alluded to by way of Talia al Ghul’s in Dark Knights Rises, a Bane movie would offer a more fully fleshed out portrait of this fascinating and mysterious monster. When Dark Knight Rises begins, Bane is already an established world-class mercenary inspiring fear and an intense loyalty among his men. How did he come to achieve so much respect from such battle-hardened men? That, future Untitled-Bane-Project director, would be a story worth telling.

Is Bane animated by political ideals? Clearly Bane played a part in some dodgy wars overseas. This was part of his seasoning; this was probably how he gained his army and his reputation. But in which theaters of war was Bane a player? And how did he distinguish himself? Philosophically, Bane appears – at face value at least — to share much in common with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Is this simply demagoguery on his part? Does Bane use Occupy vocabulary merely to manipulate the crowd? Or is Bane actually anti-capitalist; opposed to not just Bruce Wayne, but all that the billionaire represents as a man. And if Bane is indeed an enemy of democratic capitalism, how did he get to be so? Rotting in a Third World prison might, perhaps, have something to do with that. Backstory, please.


The League of Shadows

What is Bane’s stake in the League of Shadows? How did Bane actually acquire that fighting style? Of that fighting style, Tom Hardy told Empire magazine:

“It is brutal and military. It’s more military in many ways. MMA [Mixed Martial Arts] is very athletic. It’s an athlete’s sport. And you’ve got your Krav Maga and whatnot from Bourne, the Bourne world. Very tight movement, very contained but aimed to kill. To kill, do you know what I mean? And maim. Then you’ve got the Keysi lot that Batman does I suppose, which is a lot of elbow business. But Bane is brutal. It’s not about fighting. It’s about just carnage with Bane …Bane’s a superhero villain. So that’s what the violence is there to imply, and the style is heavy handed, heavy footed.”

He was also trained as an assassin. Bane told Batman that he was initiated into the League of Shadows. Bane, in his first confrontation with the Bat, hinted that his mission in Gotham was also partly fuelled by that their mutual association with that organization. It is a personal grudge. But Bane’s actual relationship with the League – and Ra’s al-Ghul – remains, even after the closing credits, murky.


Bane-isms

“Calm down, Doctor! Now’s not the time for fear. That comes later.” Bane, quite frankly, is one of the greatest motivational speakers since Tony Robbins, only more terrifying by a factor of ten. “You think darkness is your ally – but I was born in it!” His Baneisms, recited with much gusto, had me – and many of my friends – quoting him, admiringly, for days afterwards. I am not alone. Twitter, in the weeks following the film, was filled with Bane motivational quotes. If only for more crisply delivered one liners of pure evil, we need a Bane movie. Make this happen now.


Bane and Gotham

How did Bane, quite literally, conquer Gotham’s underworld? In “The Dark Knight Rises,” we are introduced to Bane by way of his use of orphans – shades of child soldiers? — in the sewers of Gotham. Bane’s use of children sets a cynical, almost Dickensian tone. But how did he build his small army? How did Bane get away with essentially stealing the city’s orphans from under the eye of the Gotham City Police Department for his own workforce? Did Bane have competition? Gotham – at least in the comics – has a very competitive and ruthless underworld. It is hard to imagine that Bane did not face some conflict. How did Bane become king of the sewers, lord of the night?


Talia and Bane

Finally: Bane and Talia. They have a strange, complex relationship. Even more interesting and layered than Bruce and Selina Kyle or Bruce and Talia are Bane and Talia. The loving and familiar manner in which Talia al-Ghul, for example, fixes Bane’s broken respirator at the end of the movie can only be properly construed as some kind of tenderness. Such tenderness, when exhibited by hyper-violent and thoroughly ruthless individuals motivated by revenge, vexes. What does love between evil people look like? It looks, dear reader, like a Bane movie.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.