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What’s amazing to me about the Scarecrow is that he is one of those rare Golden Age Batman villains who just debuted fully formed and pretty much never changed. He first appeared in the Batman feature in World’s Finest Comics #3 by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson and George Roussos…
However, like a few other villains of the era, after a couple of appearances he disappeared, replaced by many, many different varieties of gangsters and aliens.
He was revived at the height of Batmania and firmly established his “fear hallucinations” gimmick that he has used to great effect ever since…
He is a major player in the New 52.
Created by Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan, Bane has been a recurring thorn in the side of Batman over the last twenty years. He also had a significant run as a member of Gail Simone’s Secret Six, a team of super-villains trying to be not so evil. Dixon did a great job establishing Bane as someone who climbed out of the lowest depths imaginable. A guy who is as crafty as he is strong (Bane gains his strength from this steroids-like substance from an old Legends of the Dark Knight story). He is an interesting character.
However, no one really cares about any of that, do they? Because when you think Bane, you have to think about one moment in Batman #497, where Bane’s plans came to a fruition. He had planned a series of tests for Batman, including breaking all the villains out of Arkham Asylum (which rarely ever happens) and by the time they faced each other, Batman was pretty much wrecked, physically and emotionally. Which led to…
So yeah, when you think Bane, you think of that. When he was used in Dark Knight Rises, they made sure to work that in there.
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