Naturally, comparisons between Heath Ledger as The Joker and Tom Hardy as Bane will abound. There is no comparison. The two films The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises could not possibly be more different. The second film encouraged sadistic humor and delighted in descending into madness. The third Batman movie, as Michael Caine (Alfred) once phrased it “just wants to watch the world burn”. Bane is physically the toughest villain Batman has ever faced and he literally breaks Bruce Wayne’s back. He is frightful and fearless and virtually unstoppable based on Mr. Wayne’s outdated moral code. He is going to need help and a lot of it.
Enter Ann Hathaway as Cat Woman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Officer Blake (his original family name had been Robin). Both are polar opposites but that is a mirror of Bruce Wayne’s own twisted life and code of morality. Cat Woman (Selena Kyle) represents his twisted and reclusive side that wants nothing more than to tear the world down and disappear. Robin exemplifies Bruce Wayne’s indomitable urge to make the world a safer, happier and more protective place. In a way Bruce/Batman attracts both allies because he is equal parts anarchist and honorable lawman.
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