Bane #1 was played by the late actor Jeep Swenson in the piss-poor Bat-film (has it achieved cult status yet?) Batman & Robin (1997). Swenson's Bane was a lumbering oaf with green skin and a taste for gimp masks.
WHAT WAS GOOD ABOUT BANE #1?
Erm, have you not seen Batman & Robin? Have you not seen how much we take the piss out of it on The Comics Code? No? Oh.
Well it was shit. Bane was awful.
Sandwiched between Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mr Freeze and Uma Thruman's Poison Ivy, Bane was the third (and often forgotten) villain of the film Batman & Robin. His role was basically to provide a bit of hired muscle for Poison Ivy, whilst his dialogue was reduced to just a few grunts and the odd utterance of his own name - BANE!
Don't blame Swenson though, it wasn't his fault, he was just doing his job. Caked in green make-up and dressed in more S&M gear than a sex-addict at an orgy, Swenson's Bane was doomed to fail from the start.
Bane #2 was played by Tom Hardy in the excellent Bat-film The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Hardy's Bane was a cool, calculating bad guy with the ability to break the Bat!!!!
WHAT WAS GOOD ABOUT BANE #2?
Bane #2 didn't just talk the talk, he frickin' went out there and kicked some serious ass whilst he was walking the walk!
Hardy's Bane was not only a scene stealing tour de force of acting, he was an iconic character that helped turn director Christopher Nolan's final Bat-film into a true epic tale. Sure his mask muffled his speech and he may not have been as charismatic as, say, the Joker, but he was a bad guy in every sense of the word.
Oh, and he bloody well brought Gotham to its knees! Well, that is if you accept that a city can have knees.