(Disclaimer: Although I grew up with Silver Age/Bronze Age (mainly Silver) comic books that is my only exposure to comics, and I'm mainly a film guy. So I don't know anything about the comic book Bane but what I have read on Wikipedia and various wikis after viewing the film.) One of the main things I enjoy in The Dark Knight Rises is that Bane is so completely 'out there' as a character. Yes, his voice is goofy. Even to the point that makes me laugh almost involuntarily at how outrageous it is. But to me that sort of eccentricity adds to the insanity of the character. This is, for me, one of the most original characters I have ever seen on the silver screen. Thank goodness he is a fictional character! Obviously he would be a truly vile human being if real. But as a creative work of fiction he stands out. I love what Tom Hardy did with him. Bane reminds me that there are a number of characters in film that I have stumbled across that I found myself marveling at how sort of off-the-wall and gonzo they are. In some cases the eccentricity is more subtle than others. But they were all sort of charismatically weird and offbeat, if not blatantly off-the-wall. Some were morally good, some bad, and often they were mixed bags. Here's my own personal rogue's gallery for this type of character (in addition to Bane): Lee Clayton (Marlon Brando) in Missouri Breaks Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) in Django Unchained Hellboy (Ron Pearlman) in Hellboy Marv (Mickey Rourke) in Sin City Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) in Guardians of the Galaxy Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) in Watchmen And I could probably think of more, but that gets the idea across hopefully. That selection may be a bit broad, but what I like about all those characters is the sheer boldness of their originality and quirkiness. I had never seen anything like them before. Again, for me Bane falls into this type of just grandly bizarre character type. Is it wrong or naive of me to enjoy the character as not bound by having to mirror the one in the comic books?