Monday, January 24, 2011
With the recent casting news of Bane for the upcoming Batman film, it seems many people have asked Gail Simone, current writer of Secret Six, for her opinion. She posted a general response regarding her feelings over in the Jinxworld forums. It is a well thought out and articulated piece, and I urge you to read the whole thing (and the comments too) as it raises some incredibly good points and questions regarding the casting of the character and his race.
As Simone mentions, Bane's race is not particularly important to himself (to the point that I had forgotten he is supposed to be Latin at all!), but it is a crucial part of his origin story, and the opposing subtext and parallels with Batman would be lost if the character was changed to have an Anglo origin (though someone made a good point that his father is supposed to be British). At the same time, Christopher Nolan has a pretty good hit rate with adapting previous characters, and it will be interesting to see what he does with Bane.
In any case, I thought it was a particularly interesting topic, and I wanted to see what readers thought. What do you think about the casting? How do you think will affect the character and his race? Let us know in the comments section below.
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