Re: The TDKR General Discussion Thread - - - - - - - - - - - Part 143
While Bane and Talia did not engage Bruce on the level that the Joker did, I feel they had far more in common with Bruce. Bane was rescued from the same place as Bruce. Ra's didn't favor Bane like he did Bruce. We're first told he was too extreme for Ra's. Then Talia says Bane's only crime was the he loved her, but reminded Ra's of where his wife died. It sounds as if Bane was too extreme for Ra's in that he brought his pit fighter methods to the League's training. As I have said before, Bane wanted revenge against Bruce for throwing away the chance to become heir to the League.
Talia, like Bruce, never moved on from her father's death. Much like Bruce, Talia had her deathwish. In the end, Bruce rose above that while Talia didn't.
"I defeated your uncle Victarion and his Iron Fleet off Fair Isle, the first time your father crowned himself. I held Storm's End against the power of the Reach for a year, and took Dragonstone from the Targaryens. I smashed Mance Rayder at the Wall, though he had twenty times my numbers. Tell me, turncloak, what battles has the Bastard of Bolton ever won that I should fear him?" - Stannis Baratheon