The enigma behind the mask of Bane is finally revealed in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.
The latest issue of Rolling Stone has a feature on the final Batman movie which includes an image of Tom Hardy as Bane, with information on the look of Bane.
Nolan tells Rolling Stone that the reason Bane wears a mask is to administer a dose of anesthesia. Turns out Bane suffered from some sort of trauma long ago and now he wears the mask to be able to function.
In the comics Bane uses the drug Venom to jack himself up physically.
Here's the pic with the full info:
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012 and is directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale as Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Juno Temple and Josh Pence as a young Ra's al Ghul.
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