Johnathan Nolan says in the screenplay book that Talia left with Bane when he was excommunicated. She was excommunicated TOO because she has the branding scar that Ra's gave her. Ya know, the one fake Ra's was going to give Bruce at his ceremony in Begins (read the screenplays). So no, I didn't infer a damn thing here. Bane and Talia weren't estranged. Hell, if you think the way you do, where was Talia at the monestary while Bruce was training there? She wasn't. If she wasn't there, where was she? Why would Bane and Talia just split when this stupid plan of theirs was clearly years in the making (atleast 3 or 4)? Talia and Bane were together. It was clearly their brain child where Bane carried out her plans. She knew about Pavel, financed the bomb, she's at the stock exchange (waiting for all the people that look for deep meanings in the movie to tell me that's not her), she loathes Dagget, she's involved in the plan every step of the way. All Bane does is the dirty work. Captures Pavel, does that weird diamond **** for Dagget, commits the Stock Exchange hostage situation, etc. He's there so that Talia can run Wayne Enterprises and have Bruce and Fox foolishly let her own the bomb. Tell me I'm wrong here and that isn't their little plan to a T. Tate has that whole speech about her past with Bruce, you think it's conjecture that her wealth and experience wasn't used by Bane when everything else has been (father, origin, escape, training)? Let's say Bane did all these lovely militaristic things all by himself. The fact remains that Nolan and Co. fool the audience into thinking that this character is like his comic counterpart. He's not. The prison is the biggest part of Bane's background and it's not even close in the movie. He wasn't there because of his dad, he didn't build himself up, he didn't have the strength to escape. Boom. Done. Whatever BS post-LoS training we can dream up still doesn't change the fact that the characterization in the movie is inferior to what was in those comics. Bane's background is literally twisted for a twist. Instead we got a guy wrapped in a towel, sitting on the floor a bloody mess while young Ra's leans in to bring him back to the surface. LoS even gave him that stupid mask and back wrap according to the deleted scenes! Talia has to put her friends tubes back in while he cries! This is a weak and pathetic character that he is reduced to a thug with a deathwish for a man that loathed him. No amount of speeches or backbreaking can make up for it.