Re: Batman Begins v.s The Dark Knight Rises
Option A isn't really an option. It's more like Option C...Bane took this extreme seed of an idea, and figured out the logistics of how to actually pull it off.
Being the commander of a small army (which Bane was on a day to day basis) is far more than "just muscle" no matter which way you slice it.
Bane was the director. Talia was more of an executive producer, so to speak.