Re: Does Bane being a PURELY physical threat hamper him as a villain?
At the end of the day, he knew how to outsmart Bats by leading him to the sewers. He knew just how to get him there, by securing Selinas allegiance with fear and having her lead him into what no-win scenario; trapped and surrounded by Bane and a fully armed small militia.
Batman to Selina: you're making a big mistake
Bane to Barman: Not as big as yours, I'm afraid......
Tht was boss. Admit it, that is a pretty solid example of Bane showing intellect and outsmarting Batman. Bats definitely made a mistake that time.