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In The Dark Knight Rises, when Catwoman (Selina) brings Batman to Bane's place, she trapped him in Bane's place, after a short while Bane came and called Batman by his real name, Bruce Wayne. I was stunned at that moment, because how did he know Batman's real name?

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Related: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/20913/… –  user209 Jul 23 '12 at 14:23
@Keen, that's a duplicate qn of mine..isn't it? –  Vijin Paulraj Jul 26 '12 at 14:43
Yes, on a different SE site. We leave them both open in cases like this, but it's useful to know what the other community comes up with as an answer. –  user209 Jul 26 '12 at 14:44
A more pertinent question is how everyone in Gotham City doesn't know. Gotham's First Son appears suddenly, back from the dead, at precisely the same time as a masked vigilante with a millionaire's resources appear on their streets. Some years later the same eccentric millionaire becomes a recluse... and Batman disappears from the streets. And nobody put two and two together? –  Django Reinhardt Nov 20 '12 at 16:10
I think that it may have been because Bruce was a member of the League of Shadows. So was Bane and Talia. Also, @DrThaddeusVenture to everyone Bruce seemed like an arrogant spoiled businessman. What with the chaos, no one had time to put two and two together. People were either preoccupied with The Joker, or Raz Al Ghoul or the surprise of a vigilante OR they were too busy celebrating the accomplishment of peace. –  Haris Nov 23 '12 at 13:35

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Because Bane is working for Talia Al Ghul who is the daughter of Ra's Al Ghul who trained Bruce Wayne and helped him become Batman.

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Explain: Talia was a child when she escaped the pit. Then she journeyed to find her father, who then rescued Bane out of the pit. Bane was excommunicated, and Talia then began hating her father. Only after this did Ra's train Wayne. –  Django Reinhardt Nov 24 '12 at 13:57

Bruce was trained at the League of Shadows by Ra's al Ghul. Bruce Wayne being a member of the League was probably public knowledge, and Ra's most likely put together that Batman=Bruce Wayne since he used most of the same techniques the League used. This knowledge was confrimed in Batman Begins.

Ra's probably didn't keep the relationship of Batman and Bruce Wayne a secret from the League, hence how Talia knew that Bruce Wayne was Batman. This allowed her to infiltrate Wayne Enterprises without Wayne suspecting a thing. Also, since Bane was a part of the League, he too knew of Wayne's "secret" identitiy.

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I would add, however, I think Talia could have figured it out even without Ra's. When you're as intelligent as an al Ghul, you probably can deduce it systematically. I mean, John Blake was no genius and was able to put it together...Talia was orders of magnitude more cunning and had many more resources to boot. –  hexparrot Jun 17 '13 at 22:39

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