In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Christopher Nolan gave some deeper insight into Batman’s nemesis, Bane, for the upcoming film The Dark Knight Rises. In an intriguing revelation Nolan says that Bane was partially inspired by Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, hence why he wears the overcoat and seems intent on revolution. Obviously Nolan has made a habit of delving deeper into the Batman psychology, but conjuring up Dickens in a Batman film is pretty impressive.
Nolan also states that Bane isn’t supposed to compete with the legendary Joker (good decision), but rather be his own monster. He says that the Bane-Batman rivalry more mimics an irresistible force versus an immovable object. This should definitely make for an exciting conclusion to the Nolan-Batman trilogy.