He was the main villain along with Talia. They were partners, he wasn't under her orders. Hardy/Bane was ABSOLUTELY intimidating. The plan made sense to me. And as for the above comments by Chuck Dixon...I disagree. I don't think he was manipulated by Talia. To me, a lot of stuff was just as much his plan as it was hers. And Graham Nolan saying he didn't like Bane's mask, just tells me he's too attached to his version (a purist if you will) and can't let go of the fact that comics can't be translated completely to film. Also saying that "none of the movies have captured who Batman is" is a ******ed comment. Maybe saying "havent COMPLETELY captured every aspect of Batman perfectly" then id say that's reasonable. But they haven't captured Batman? Sounds like an idiot.