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
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 14:23
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    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? Commented Nov 20, 2012 at 16:10
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    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
    Commented Nov 23, 2012 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. Commented Nov 24, 2012 at 13:57

I believe that the existing theory that they were both in the League of Shadows doesn't hold water. They were members at different times and there's no evidence that the two ever crossed paths under Ra's al Ghul's roof. In addition, Bane was excommunicated before Bruce ever joined up.

However, Bane was trained by the same man; he learned the same lessons, many of which Bruce took to heart including the value of a symbol, the theatricality and the value of fear. As a result, many of the deceptions Batman employs (like the distracting charges when they first fight) have no effect on Bane (you see him simply standing there while the explosives go off around him).

I believe that the original intention was that Bane saw through the mask because Batman was simply another of these deceptions. He saw Bruce, he saw Batman, and could see through the distractions to the person underneath.

The disguise would fool a normal person but not someone who has been initiated into the league!


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.

  • 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
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 22:39

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