“Bane is like an amalgam of our fears, which makes the dehumanization via a mask so meaningful - even if it was uncomfortable to wear. With all the crises out there, many people feel vaguely threatened with extinction. For this purpose, Chris created an image of Bane - albeit an extreme picture. I was amazed at how far Chris would let me go, how uncontrollably I should be beating up Christian Bale. But Chris had a clear vision of the consequences of his finale. Bane is Batman’s last, most difficult test… He fears Bane on behalf of us all, but you can’t live without hope of sunshine - and Chris finds hope in the chaos.”
- Tom Hardy on Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.