Secret Six: Bane (Batman Villain) - Framed Print - 16"H x 12"W
A 16"H x 12"W" framed print of Bane one of the main Villains that Batman fought
Bane, is known for his mix of brute strength and exceptional intelligence, and is often credited as being the only villain to have "Broken the Bat".Bane was born in the Caribbean Republic of Santa Prisca, in a prison called Peña Duro. His father, Edmund Dorrance (King Snake), had been a revolutionary who had escaped Santa Prisca's court system. The corrupt government decreed that his young son would serve out the man's life sentence, and thus Bane's childhood and early adult life were spent in the immoral penitentiary environment.
Though he was imprisoned, his natural abilities allowed him to develop extraordinary skills within the prison's walls. He read as many books as he could get his hands on, spent most of his spare time body building in the prison's gym, developed his own form of meditation, and learned to fight in the merciless school of prison life. Because of the location of Santa Prisca, Bane knew how to speak English, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin. Despite his circumstances, he found teachers of various sorts during his incarceration, ranging from hardened convicts to an elderly Jesuit priest, under whose tutelage he apparently received a classical education.
He ultimately established himself as the "king" of Peña Duro prison and became known as Bane. The prison's controllers took note and eventually forced him to become a test subject for a mysterious drug known as Venom. The Peña Duro prison Venom experiment nearly killed Bane at first, but he survived and found that the drug vastly increases his physical strength, although he needs to take it every 12 hours (via a system of tubes pumped directly into his brain) or he will suffer debilitating side-effects.
Bane is tortured by a monstrous, terrifying bat creature that appears in his dreams, thus giving him chiroptophobia (fear of bats). Bane was convinced that Batman was a personification of the demonic bat which had haunted his dreams since childhood. Therefore, Bane believed fate placed Batman on a collision course with him.