Worst to First: Ranking the Batman Movie Villains
In the superhero genre, the Batman franchise stands out as one of the longest and most successful. With seven movies since 1989 (not counting old movie serials, animated films or the sixties TV-show tie-in), the series has featured an array of colorful bad guys to challenge the Dark Knight. In fact a common criticism of the series is that many of the movies belong to the villains while the hero disappears into the background of his own movie. With the coming onslaught of movies set in the new DC cinematic universe, the floodgates have been opened on Batman villains. Suicide Squad alone will feature several Arkham inmates. Before that happens, let’s rank the Batman movie villains we have so far.
15. Bane (Batman and Robin)
Portrayed By: Jeep Swenson
Summary: In the comic books, Bane is Batman’s equal in most respects. He has a genius level IQ and his physical strength is enhanced by a drug called Venom. Later on, a more faithful adaptation of Bane would appear in The Dark Knight Rises. But for his first appearance in film, Bane was reduced to a mute henchman for Poison Ivy with perhaps the most obvious weakness in the entire genre. Unplug his tubes and he immediately reverts to a scrawny weakling.
What’s Good: It was kind of cool to see Bane in a movie. Jeep Swenson had the physique for the part and the costume was reasonably faithful to the source material. The luchador mask is preferable to whatever that was Tom Hardy had on his face.
What’s Bad: Everything else. The only reason this character existed was to add another toy to the Batman and Robin toyline. A mute Bane isn’t Bane at all. They might as well have just given Poison Ivy a plant monster to order around.
Verdict: This Bane barely even counts as a Batman villain. He’s a glorified henchman.
Posted on September 24, 2015, in Movies, sequels, Super Heroes, Worst to First and tagged bane, Batman, Catwoman, joker, mr freeze, penguin, poison ivy, riddler, two face, villains. Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.