Originally Posted by JDonaldD
I think Bane is probably the most underdeveloped villain in the trilogy but there is enough in his dialogue to suggest what Bane's motives are. We know he spent most of his life in a prison somewhere far from America, he views the 8 years of peace as "borrowed time," and the line about "the next era of Western civilization," are telling. He shares the disgust for Western decadence, which is even more prominent in TDKR. Like Ra's, Bane does not think Gotham is redeemable, it doesn't matter what is happening on the surface, it is rotten to the core. Learning of the Dent lie is just further proof of what he already believes. I think it could have been elaborated on but it's implied that a lot of Bane's army is not his mercenary group, it's the poor in Gotham looking for work and then those rallied by his speech. The class warfare is Bane's version of the fear toxin, which suggests it is something he personally identifies with. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," could have been elaborated on a bit more.
I agree. It's all there, it's just not as elaborated on as the other villains' motives were. But that's exactly how I see it.
I don't believe for a single second that Ra's (if he were alive) would react like "Wow, the Dent Act has truly redeemed Gotham, all these years trying to destroy that city and I was wrong about it after all. If only every city in the world would implement harsher penalties for organized crime...balance would be restored and I could finally retire!"