Now that Shane West has been confirmed as Bane for Gotham season 5, there’s no more room for debate as to whom Eduardo Dorrance may be. At first, it was assumed he’d wind up as King Snake, the brute’s father in the comics, but it’s important to stress how that guy’s first name was “Edmund,” not “Eduardo.” Basically, the producers of the show gave the iconic villain a full name to go along with their reinterpretation.
And though the creative minds behind the Batman prequel series have taken creative liberties with certain characters’ origins and such, much of the costuming has been pretty spot on. If you don’t believe me, please refer to past appearances made by Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Firefly, Professor Pyg and Solomon Grundy. I’d throw the Joker in there as well, but Jeremiah Valeska isn’t actually the true Clown Prince of Crime. Still, I’d take his look over what was presented in the Suicide Squad movie any day.
When it comes to Bane, however, there isn’t too much to go on, but a recent photo of the cast and crew showed us how this production may borrow some visual cues from The Dark Knight Rises. Corroborating this is another image shared by Shane West himself over on Twitter, which you can check out below.
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As you can see, a glove to be worn by West onscreen is plainly on display. And from the look of it, the above comparisons to Tom Hardy’s iteration aren’t unwarranted in the slightest.
In my view, using the 2012 flick directed by Christopher Nolan as a blueprint isn’t a bad idea, as few men in existence are as cartoonishly buff as Bane is in the source material. Plus, in the time since TDKR hit theaters, DC has somewhat appropriated that look in the comics, though the traditional luchador mask was retained over the metal crab headgear, or however you’d like to describe it.
Gotham returns for its fifth season sometime in early 2019 on Fox.