You have to take into account though the fact that Bane was a brand spanking new character in the mythos in 93 who was given a huge "push" (for any wrestling marks here) right from the getgo. It's understandable that he'd have some resistance to the idea back then. But the passage of time can be a factor. Besides, Dini himself ended up writing a great Bane cameo in one of my favorites, Over the Edge. So he might've warmed to the character over the years. As for Kevin Smith...that's just classic Smith insecurity. The guy turns on his OWN movies just to fit in and be part of the cool crowd (Jersey Girl). And I'm a fan of the guy, but it's really funny to me how impressionable and flip floppy he is in that way. I'm sure he'd just chalk it up to being fat and wanting people to like him.