In The Dark Knight Rises it is said that Bane was expelled from the League of Shadows. Is it known why?

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There is no mention of Bane being expelled because of how he looks. From the script:

Bane was a member of the League of Shadows?

Until he was excommunicated. And a
man considered too extreme for Ra's al Ghul
is not to be trifled with.

So the only thing we have to go on is that his methods were considered too extreme even for the League.

Of course later in the movie he cast's doubt on whether he really was expelled:

But we are initiated, aren't we,
Bruce? The League of Shadows. And
you betrayed us...
Us? You were excommunicated. From a
gang of psychopaths.

Now I am the League of Shadows,
here to fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny...

And of course later we find he is working for Talia, Ra's al Ghul's daughter. Misdirection is one of the League's core techniques.

So in short, its not clear whether he was really expelled or not, and there is no documented reason other than 'he was too extreme'.

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    In the context of the film, there is nothing disputing the fact that he was excommunicated. He could be working for Talia without being part of the League of Shadows. Or, more likely, he is starting Talia’s own splinter faction of the League of Shadows to carry on her perceived view of her father’s legacy.
    – Dean F.
    Oct 13, 2020 at 23:57
  • @DeanF. ... I don't disagree. There's Alfred's research, and there is Bane's own claim of 'being the League of Shadows', which could be a disputing claim, or (as you say) his own faction. Its quite murky.
    – iandotkelly
    Oct 14, 2020 at 0:34
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    In the lore, Talia often takes a different (almost secessionist) path from her father. They do not see eye to eye in any incarnation I've seen of them. Considering that Bane follows Talia with pure devotion, "Now I am the League of Shadows" sounds more like "Now we usurped the League, who cast us out" rather than "we were never cast out from the League in the first place".
    – Flater
    Oct 14, 2020 at 11:38
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    @Anxhr .... I'm not sure I would go as far as saying that relates just to looks. "Monster who could never be tames" may just reflect the fact that he is too extreme, like Alfred indicates. However it is good detail that I may add to the answer.
    – iandotkelly
    Oct 14, 2020 at 14:42
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    @Anxhr: The quote used doesn't suggest looks as the driving force (though I'm sure the mask doesn't particularly diminish it either), but rather that Bane himself acts as a reminder - no matter what he looked like.
    – Flater
    Oct 17, 2020 at 0:01

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