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Baneposting refers to referencing and parodying an awkward dialogue between a CIA agent and the captive villain Bane from the opening scene of the 2012 DC superhero action film The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of the Batman film trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan.
In early December 2011, a video clip of the prologue sequence from the then-upcoming 2012 superhero film The Dark Knight Rises was leaked online. The prologue features a CIA agent (played by Aidan Gillen) threatening three men with sacks over their heads aboard a moving airplane, explaining the first one to give up information would not be thrown out of the plane. The first two men are silent, but the third begins to talk with a muffled sounding voice. When the sack is pulled off, the man is revealed as Bane (played by Tom Hardy). He then reveals he plans to crash the plane, which he does with the help of his associates, before escaping himself.
On December 11th, 2011, an audio file of the leaked scene was posted to 4chan’s /tv/ (Television & Film) board, featuring the following dialogue between Bane and the CIA agent (shown below). Soon, commenters in the thread began scrutinizing the last two lines in the dialogue, as some misinterpreted Bane’s interspersed quote “[it would be extremely painful] …for you” as a double-entendre with suggestive connotations, i.e., “[I’m a big guy] …for you.”
CIA agent: “If I pull that [mask] off, will you die?”
Bane: “It would be extremely painful…”
CIA agent: “You’re a big guy.”
Bane: “…for you.”
On July 23rd, 2012, a user started a thread on a forum hosted on GameFAQs titled “Bane: It would be extremely painful….” discussing the quote and exchange. On August 9th, 2012, Reddit user captinc added a thread titled “Settle a stupid argument about Bane’s line for me please!” to the r/Batman subreddit, explaining he questioned the subtext of the exchange, saying:
“In the opening scene of TDKR when the man asks Bane if he dies if the mask comes off Bane says “it will be very painful” the man follows it up with “Youre a big guy” When of course Bane says “For You.” So my friends seem to think Bane is saying “im a big guy for you” where as I claim he is saying “It will be very painful, for you”
can someone please clear this up for me!"
On January 24th, 2014, YouTuber Muh Waifu uploaded a video titled “The Dark Tyrone Roges,” which features an actor pretending to be former NFL player Tyrone Roges as he says the CIA agent’s lines. As of September 2014, the video has gained over 90,000 views. On April 3rd, 2014, YouTuber Real Human Bean uploaded a video titled “/tv/ dubs The Dark Knight Rises” which featured the scene dubbed with cartoonish sound effects. As of September 2014, the video has gained over 35,000 videos.
On April 23rd, 2014, it was announced that Tom Hardy would be joining in an Ask Me Anything with director Steven Knight on Reddit to promote their film LOCKE. When 4chan users discovered that Tom was partaking in the thread, users decided to “raid” the interview by asking him questions pertaining to the now-infamous scene from The Dark Knight Rises, while users were encouraged to downvote legitimate questions about the subject of the interview and only upvote questions featuring references to that opening scene. The thread received more than 1,000 upvotes and over 1,200 replies. By the next day, the AMA thread was featured on several sites including Yahoo Canada and the Daily Dot, and a screenshot collage of the thread was later submitted to /r/4chan subreddit, which received over 100 upvotes.
The AMA raid renewed interest in the scene and corresponding meme. On May 12th, 2014, SoundCloud user Masketta Man released a four-part musical tribute titled “UUUU”, which utilizes lines taken from the film. As of September 2014, the most listened to track has received over 20,000 plays.
On June 25th, 2014, YouTuber kekallday uploaded a video titled “Bane Star (Big Guy For You) ft. CIA” which features the scene with a cover of the Smash Mouth song “All Star” layered over it. As of September 2014, the video has gained over 62,000 views.
Yahoo Movies Canda – The 7 Bane-iest responses from Tom Hardy’s Reddit AMA /
The Daily Dot – 4chan hilariously derailed Tom Hardy’s AMA, and here’s why