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Who Does Bane From ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Sound Like?

Who Does Bane From 'The Dark Knight Rises' Sound Like?

From the very first preview, no one could understand him. He came, he claimed, as a “necessary evil” of “Gotham’s reckoning.” I guess having a non-silly, intelligible voice was not considered a necessary part of necessary evil.

When Bane premiered in the extended “Dark Knight Rises” preview that played before IMAX screenings of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” he just sounded like actor Tom Hardy with a mask over his face. Christopher Nolan insisted he wouldn’t significantly change his borderline incomprehensible voice, but then he did, winding up with some much, much stranger (watch the line at 1:30 of this early trailer, and the line at 1:03 of this later one for proof). Now that “The Dark Knight Rises” is out, all anyone can talk about — and all anyone can talk like — is Bane and his slightly clearer, weirdly louder, and still-bizarre voice. Vulture said the original Bane voice sounded like “half-speed Buffalo Bill from ‘Silence of the Lambs.'” In my review at ScreenCrush, I likened his pronouncements to a “pompous magician talking into the wrong end of a megaphone.” But those are just two out of a myriad of interpretations of what is quickly becoming the cinematic Rorschach test of our age.

Who does Bane sound like? Who doesn’t he sound like? I spent the afternoon collecting 50 (!!!) of the finest, funniest, and oddest descriptions of his idiosyncratic intonations. This is the sound of Gotham’s reckoning (excuse me, “Gawthum’s rehconiiiiiing,” sorry Bane). And what an amusing sound it is.

Bane from “Dark Knight Rises” sounds like…

…Vincent Price talking through a window fan. (Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice)

…he’s got an Egg McMuffin lodged in his trachea. (Phil Villarreal, OK! Magazine)

…somewhere between Yoda post-testosterone patch and Sean Connery on appletinis. (Michelle Orange, Movieline)

…an imitation of Sir Ian McKellen doing Patrick Stewart. (Tom Charity, CNN)

…Scooby-Doo. (Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)

…a circus ringmaster trying to reach the cheap seats with a dollar-bin megaphone. (Rick Marshall, IFC)

…Bill Cosby speaking with an English accent through a Darth Vader filter. (samzepus, Slashdot)

…Darth Vader and Andy Kaufman’s Foreign Man. (David Edelstein, NPR)

…Darth Vader with an Irish accent. (Dan Blomquist, Easy Reader News)

…Darth Vader shouting, while playing a bass accordion through a Harley Davidson exhaust pipe. (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

And, from Twitter, Bane also sounds like…

…he’s ordering mass destruction on a drive-thru intercom. (@aparnapkin)

…what the Monopoly character looks like he sounds like. (@ABritto76)

…a kind old man who wants to sit in a rocking chair and tell me war stories. (@thejoehenderson)

…a posh, luvvie cat that’s meowing from an adjoining room. (@petedonaldson)

…a drunk, eldery Patrick Stewart locked in a cupboard. (@bamblesquatch)

…an old English porn star. (@amayafiyah)

…Anna Faris’ burp/growl voice. (@Emersonyeah)

…Darth Vader mixed with T-Pain. (@IngloriousApps)

…Homer Simpson pretending to be Mr. Burns. (@seanedevine)

…the alien from “Earth Versus the Flying Saucers.” (@scottEweinberg)

..the talking trees from “Lord of the Rings.” (@misterpatches)

…Dumbledore. (@kriziaahh)

…Voldemort. (@jtcs1981)

…Winnie the Pooh. (@Shamrock_NY)

…Count Chocula. (@greyplanet)

…Goldmember. (@chrisrobinson)

…Zoidberg from “Futurama.” (@awilson149)

…Deckard Cain from “Diablo.” (@14outof20)

…Meatwad from “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” (@Regina_Kara)

…Cap’n Crunch talking into an auto tuner. (@retrocrush)

…General Grievous on pot. (@rozaqmandias)

…David Attenborough on steroids. (@JustinCordery)

…Alan Partridge talking into a Pringles tube. (@red90)

…Daniel Plainview speaking through a walkie-talkie. (@ASimpleDan)

…Bon Scott from AC/DC. (@shlinnnnn)

…Jack Black from Tenacious D. (@CantFeelMy)

…Ian McKellan. (@fuzzydunlopCl)

…Ian McKellan imitating Sean Connery. (@koush)

…the computer from “WarGames” imitating Christopher Walken. (@thefilmcynic)

…Sean Connery. (@oh_keefe)

…robot Sean Connery. (@millerlamotte)

…Sean Connery with bronchitis. (@NathanHullfish)

…Sean Connery over a bad cell phone reception. (@jpthegiraffe)

…a jovial Sean Connery dying at the bottom of a well. (@gilbertcruz)

…a cross between Sean Connery and Krang from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” (@LaurenFairley88)

…the love child of Sean Connery and Darth Vader. (@MikeRockavitch)

…the love child of Yoda and Cobra Commander. (@DCerminara)

…Darrell Hammond imitating Sean Connery. (@tconn)

…Darrell Hammond imitating Sean Connery through a vocoder. (@sternbergh)

…Darrell Hammond imitating Sean Connery while trapped in a well. (@KyleKallgren)

Have your own description of Bane’s voice? Leave it in the comments section below. Special thanks to Evan Hughes, Michelle Orange, and Adam Sternbergh for suggesting this piece.

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Unwatchable nonsense, by far the worse batman film ever, banes voice sounds like a voice over from an Indian movie overdubbed


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Great work and nice put up here!
Bane Coat


Sean Connery and Liam Nielson!!!!!

Plotte Gosse

He DEFINITELY sounds like the milk man in Fiddler On The Roof. It's only a matter of time when some kid takes one or the other films and subs the voices. It would be hilarious…for your grandparents who remember Fiddler.


Klaus Heisler… 100%. Check it out. Google him.


He sounds like that huge evil actor with the mask in the movie "The dark night rises"….lol


I have to agree with the Buffalo Bill assessment. "Would you f$%@ me Mr. Wayne? I'd f$%@ me."


Christopher Plummer enhanced…


He sounds like Prince John in Disney's Robin Hood hahaha


He sounds like Sean Connery talking into an old fashioned tin can phone while taking a dump inside of an Oktoberfest porta potty.


Anthony Hopkins


Bane sounds like goldmember with a megaphone! " when Gotham is in ashes, you have my permission to paint his yoo-hoo gold!"


Bane sounds like goldmember with a megaphone! " when Gotham is in ashes, you have my permission to paint his yoo-hoo gold!"


mr bean on acid becomming suicidal


bane voice sounds like Darth vader doing Patrick Stewart

Rob Williams

Hardy's voice sounds like a REALLY bad interpretation of the Cheetah from the Cheetos commercials.


Bane's voice was tight I loved that was Nolan's interpretation that's all it was


Fozzy Bear with throat cancer.


Bane sounds like Sean Connery sucked helium from a balloon and talked through a Darth Vader voice box.

Nova Fung

He sounds like an idiot with those strange intonations.

Sie Bolt

He sounds like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer's father!!!

Kimberley Monari

Hannibal Lector and Darth Vader's love child in the Hole in Alcatraz.


Kobayashi from "Usual Suspects" speaking through a vacuum cleaner hose…


Christopher Plumber, through actual plumbing.

Micu Lucian Ionel

Sean Connery


He sounds like Martin Jol – the Fulham FC manager.


a cross between the voices of Sean Connery & Patrick Stewart and the intonations/deliveries of Hannibal Lector & Sean Connery


Sounds like the wise turtle in the Neverending story

Chris Johnson

Jeremy Irons with a cold or a speech impediment.


am i the only one that thought he sounded like John Hurt? i Just saw it last night and when i heard Banes voice i automatically thought of John Hurt :/


Stephen Fry talking into a yoghurt pot is the best description I have heard.


Very cool voice. Whoever said a jovial Sean Connery is very close. I like the voice.


Sean Connery while he is trying to squeeze out that tenacious little poop out of his buttocks.


He sounds like the bird that gets sat on by the Rhino in the Lion King. Right after the "I just can't wait to be king scene."


Peter O'toole in Troy.


He sounds like Goldmember with a pop-corn bucket covering his mouth.

James antolick

Bans sounds like a Sean Connery tring to sing shakspear,


Sean Connery


Wilford Brinkley doing a taking over Gotham oatmeal commercial


I was positive that Bane's voice was the gas doc from hellboy2


Darth vader mixed with Sean connery


No, it's too English to be Sean Connery, its more like Patrick Stewart when he's voicing the Head of the CIA in American Dad


Dr. Henry Killinger

P Adams

Watch Dark Knight Binges Parody
Better plot


… Leonard Nimoy (Dr. William Bell) from Fringe!!


…a 70-something, British Shakespearean stage actor through a very small sewer pipe.


Johann from Hellboy 2. (So, apparently he sounds like Seth McFarlane when he's not just doing a minor variation of New England Guy.)


Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek the next Generation. I thought he was the actor the whole way through!


sounds like Charles Shaughnessy


he sounds just like sean connery


I thought he sounded exactly like Deckard Cain from Diablo II…
After you helped him defeat Diablo's hoards he decided to take on The Bat man….


I think he was trying to sound like gore Vidal speaking through a megaphone. It makes sense sort of his was a strong distinctive populist voice that the occupy movement quotes although apparently mr Vidal wasn't flattered by the impression…

Sean Wilson

Matt Berry through a megaphone.


He sounds exactly like Goldfinger in James Bond. I wouldnt be surprised if he modelled his voice on Goldfinger's!.

"No Mister Bond I expect you to die….!"


An old prospector imitating Box from "Logan's Run"


He sounds like Plankton from Sponge Bob Square Pants.


Orson Welles' Robin Masters, and Optimus Prime.


to me Bane at times sounded like a younger constipated Patrick Stewart


Mike Stoklasa' Plinkett character from RedLetterMedia ;)

Mike U

The love child of Darth Vader and the Maestro from Seinfeld.


Actually, he sounds an awful lot like Peter O'Toole…


He sounded like Tevya from "Fiddler on the Roof". I kept waiting for him to break into "If I Were a Rich Man" or "Tradition".


he sounded Like a gay Sean Connery talking thru a Pringles tube…."I was born in the dark". No bane, u were born in the closet


Abraham Lincoln from Bill and Ted talking through a drainpipe.

The Reading Dark Knight

"what lovely, lovely words", it's Marlon Brando's Dr Moreau in the Lord Humongous,warrior of the Wastelands body.


He sounds like an upper class British transformer going through puberty.

They Call Me Tex

He sounds a stoned version of that dentist in Finding Nemo.


My son says he sounds like Winnie the Pooh-so he walk s around the house mimicking. Him.."Good Evening Mr Wayne…do you have my honey"?!?! I totally get it-the cadence of his voice is very similar.


Surprised nobody has mentioned Brian Blessed!


Bane's voice is a mean Sean Connery.


Any teenage boy trying to sound like Sean Connery, except with a stereotypical Indian accent.

Heather kennedy

Its obviously the "Pepperidge Farms Remembers" guy.

Jerome Stueart

I could swear his voice is actually JG Hertzler. The actor who played Martok on Deep Space Nine.


I heard Max Von Sydow in his early English language films, very careful and very dramatic, but dropped an octave and filtered through a high school assembly PA system.

Janani N

he sounds like bill hick's 'goat boy' alter ego.

Jordan Bassett

He sounds like this!

Trevor Bartlett

Stewie Griffin working a Taco Bell drive-through.


…he sounds like John Cleese getting shit-faced inside an empty oil tanker…


He sounds like a gruff Leslie Phillips…surprised more people haven't thought this.
Like Leslie coming over all Darth Vader.
"I say, old chap, I am Gotham's reckoning. Hehh-llooooooo."
Ding-dongs as required.


William Hague

Willie Ayee

the villain from Die Hard: With A Vengence


It's not mine, but I liked this one from Xan Brooks: "delivering his lines in a choked, muddy drawl that makes him sound like Marlon Brando, down a well-shaft, gargling from a jerry-can. Bane might be fomenting a mass uprising against Gotham's moneyed elite; he might be singing the show-tunes from La Cage aux Folles. It is sometimes hard to tell."

Steve Rotterdam

Tor Johnson gargling with a harmonica.

Steve Rotterdam

Auric Goldfinger inhaling Whippets.

Rob Jones

And it doesn't get much better than that.

Rob Jones

Pretty sure a walrus butler was Devin Faraci's


FYI Tom Hardy has said he based Bane's voice on the late bare-knuckle boxer Bartley Gorman

Matthew Legarreta

A walrus with a mustache and monocle and/or Mr. Monopoly.


Mix between Ian McKellan and Master Control Program from Tron.

Ethan Bennett

Sean Connery talking into a tin can

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