Episode #075 - Bane
Original Airdate - September 10th, 1994 - Third Season Premiere (The
Adventures of Batman and Robin)
Batman comes face to face with his most powerful adversary yet, the
chemically charged assassin, Bane. Originally hired by Rupert Thorne
to kill Batman, Bane plans on taking control of Thorne's criminal empire
once Batman is destroyed. It's a fight to the death with all of
Gotham in the balance as Batman takes on the man who has vowed to break
Screens by Borg4of3
Pans by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Written by Mitch Brian
Directed by Kevin Altieri
Music by Lolita Ritmanis
Animation by Dong Yang Animation, Inc.
Kevin Conroy as Batman
Loren Lester as Robin
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred
Aron Kincaid as Killer Croc
Joe Lala as Dicky the Thug
Diane Michelle as Candice
Henry Silva as Bane
John Vernon as Rupert Thorne
THORNE: You almost didn't get paid. You're lucky these diamonds
didn't get nabbed in the smuggling bust.
BANE: No, Mr. Thorne. You're the lucky one.
BANE PUNCHES THE PUNCHING BAG ACROSS THE ROOM.
BANE: I will observe the Bat in action and when I understand how he
thinks and fights I will break him.
CROC: Come on in, Batman, the water's fine.
BANE PUNCHES THROUGH THE WALL.
BANE: He is mine to destroy, monster!
CORC: Over my dead body.
BANE: As you wish.
BATMAN AND ROBIN SEE THAT THE BATMOBILE HAS BEEN DESTROYED.
BATMAN: I think you'd right about one thing Robin. Whoever did this is
tough. This was done with bare hands.
BATMAN SEES A GIANT HAND PRINT THAT SQUEEZED THE METAL DOWN.
BATMAN: He trashed my car, Alfred. Between a couple of guys that's real
BATMAN: A chemical plan to create super-soldiers out of hardened
prisoners. It was abandoned when they got more than they bargained for.
ALFRED: And what was that, sir?
BATMAN: They got Bane.
BATMAN: So the question is, who wants to eliminate me?
ALFRED: That line is forming around the block, sir.
BANE: It is over before it begins.
BANE: I've been watching you, Batman. If I were a common sniper, you
would have never reached the phone.
BANE: Toys. You try to fight me with pathetic little toys. You've got
nothing! Beg for mercy! SCREAM MY NAME!
BANE: You are beaten. Now I will break you!
BANE: You can't do this to me! I am invincible! I am BANE!
BATMAN: Is this the best you can throw at me, Rupert?
BATMAN HOLDS UP BANE, TAKES OFF HIS MASK AND THROWS IT ON THE DESK.
BATMAN: Go on, Candice. Take his mask.
BATMAN DROPS BANE TO THE FLOOR AND TAKES OUT A RECORDER.
BATMAN: Thought you might like to hear this, Rupert. It's a new release.
Maybe we'll call it, 'Better Luck Next Time'.
CANDICE (on tape): With Batman out of the way, Gotham could be yours, so
BANE (on tape): And what about your employer?
CANDICE (on tape): Well, accidents do happen.
Review: Basically, Knightfall
condensed into half-an-hour, and it's never looked better. Despite what
people think, this is actually a very good episode of Batman. Although
Bane is more of a pumped up Mexican wrestler, his voice work was well
done, especially at the end where he is screaming and ranting about
being invincible. The fight sequence was also very well done and
animated, and even had a small, more comical fight happening off to the
side between Robin and Candice. The whole condensed Knightfall was a
good idea, with the attack on Killer Croc, and Robin the only real
essential part. Also, Batman's 'breaking' scene was a lot more
triumphant than in the comics.
The animation was good, but not super. This remains consistent through
the whole Adventures of Batman and Robin portion of the series. It is a
nice version of Batman though which pretty much returns to the original
designs and doesn't add more lines to it.
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