In the early '90s, DC embarked on a period of bloodthirsty publicity stunts, putting all of their major superheroes through a hellish, life-changing experience which inevitably resulted in a new costume or four. Superman died; Green Lantern became a supervillain; Aquaman lost a hand and grew a beard; Green Arrow got blown up. The best of these story arcs was Knightfall, which begins with a mysterious new supervillain known as Bane freeing all of Batman's worst enemies from Arkham Asylum. Knightfall features the iconic image of Bane breaking the Caped Crusader's back an image which Christopher Nolan directly replicates in Dark Knight Rises.
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