Bane was originally a prisoner, called Antonio Diego, in the South American jail of Pena Duro, who apparently served a life sentence for murder, and was also the sole surviving volunteer for Dr. Woodrue's "Project Gilgamesh". He was selected to be the test subject for military experiments involving the drug, Venom and was Dr. Woodrue's first successful subject. Woodrue first had his hair permanently removed, and then had five holes drilled into his skull with the largest at the base of the back of his skull. He was strapped down in front of a large audience of foreign dictators, American military generals, commanders, commissars, sheiks, and terrorists to an operating table, where massive, concentrated overdoses of Venom were purposely pumped into his skull and circulatory systems. Through the Luchador-style mask that he was forced to wear - one with five tubes that were snaked into his skull - Diego was seen writhing and screaming in agony for roughly fifteen seconds before he began to change. Originally, Diego was comparatively scrawny and diminutive, but when Venom started to take effect, he turned into a hulking monster with superhuman strength, or the "ideal killing machine", in Dr. Woodrue's words.
After Dr. Pamela Isley became Poison Ivy, she took the newly christened Bane with her to Gotham City to act as her enforcer. Bane helped scare the Golums from their hangout at the abandoned Turkish Baths, as well as assisted in freeing Mr. Freeze from Arkham Asylum and retrieving his cryogenic armor from Arkham's Criminal Property Locker.
At Freeze's hideout, the Snowy Cones Ice Cream Factory, Batman and Robin, along with Commissioner James Gordon and the GCPD, investigated the hideout for clues to Freeze's whereabouts. During the investigation, Batman and Robin discovered that Ivy was close by after they got a dose of her pheromone dust. After they followed its direction, Batman and Robin began to look for Ivy, only to be confronted and challenged by Bane, who proved more than a match for them with his ferocious strength. Ivy and Bane successfully escaped arrest and fled.
Bane eventually accompanied Freeze to Gotham Observatory, assisted him in taking control of the new telescope, and placed Freeze's icicle bombs around the area.
When Batman, Robin, and Batgirl arrived to stop them, Freeze ordered Bane to kill Batman's two young comrades while he fought the Dark Knight himself. Bane encountered Robin and Batgirl in a cave within the cliffs on which the Observatory was built, pinned them both against a wall, and attempted to strangle them to death. Robin and Batgirl kicked Bane's main supply tube, which disconnected it from the back of his head and stopped the Venom circulation to his brain in the process. That, in turn, caused Bane massive withdrawal, and quickly reverted him back to his normal self. Bane was left behind by Robin and Batgirl as they escaped, but what happened to him afterwards, was ultimately left ambiguous, as there was no evidence that he died in the fall of the Telescope Platform that occurred shortly afterwards.
- Enhanced Strength: Bane possessed incredible strength through his injections of Venom.
- Power Limitation: Without the Venom injections, Bane's physical appearance reverts back to his normal scrawny physique.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the Burtonverse film series and is an adaptation of Bane. The original character was created by Dennis O'Neil, Chuck Dixon, and Graham Nolan and first appeared in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1.
- For the film, Bane was portrayed by two actors. Michael Reid MacKay portrayed the Antonio Diego portion of the role when Venom was not in the character's system. And Jeep Swenson in the role when Bane is on Venom.
- For the tie-in video game, Bane was voiced by Peter Renaday.
- Like the Burtonverse Joker, the Burtonverse Bane is the first version with an official real name.
- This particular interpretation seems to resemble Samson, a Biblical character who possessed almost superhuman physique and strength, but only when his hair was growing. When it was removed from him, he became diminutive and skinny. Christopher Nolan's version of the character and Mr Freeze both defied this convention.
- This depiction of the character was one of many aspects of the film which received harsh criticism from fans and critics alike.
- Rather than being the devious, intelligent villain of the comics, this version is an inarticulate thug who serves as the bodyguard, henchman and assistant to Poison Ivy and later Mr. Freeze. Bane is barely even capable of speech and uses growls, roars, and snarls for most of his communication; only occasionally roaring single words or short, incoherent sentences. Despite this particular change in his character, he is still muscular, wears an accurate replication of his classic costume and mask, and is still superhumanly strong; easily overpowering various thugs, police officers, and holding his own against the main characters in close-quarters combat.
- This interpretation of Bane varies from most appearances in comics, in that when strengthened by Venom he does not retain his above-average intellect and cunning, but rather is reduced to a far less than average I.Q. Having near god-like physical strength, yet often having an intellect far below that of their enemies, is a cliche that can be viewed among other opponents in Batman's rogues gallery, including Solomon Grundy, and in many interpretations, Clayface and Killer Croc.
- 2 Appearances of Antonio Diego (Burtonverse)
- 3 Images featuring Antonio Diego (Burtonverse)
- Quotations by or about Antonio Diego (Burtonverse)
- Character Gallery: Antonio Diego (Burtonverse)