Batman supervillain Bane is supposed to be Latino, so why did Gotham cast Shane West to play him?
Graham Nolan, who co-created the DC Comics supervillain, wrote that "as the designer and co-creator of Bane, allow me to put an end to the argument of Bane's ethnicity. He's Latino. Period. He's speaks with a Spanish/Latino accent. Period." Bane has even animated to be Latino. Yet he has been played by white actors, from Tom Hardy to Shane West. "What’s frustrating about this change," says Princess Weekes, "is that DC is clearly aware that Bane is not a white man and has no problem—in animation, at least—putting him in the mask, slapping an accent on him, and making him fully dehumanized for the sake of his brute force. Yet, in these live-action narratives, where he could have complexities and nuance, for some reason, he’s always cast a white actor."
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