“What race is Bane? All movies have him white and so does his origins. But I’ve heard he could also be latino.”
Like many characters, Bane’s background is one that varies between interpretations.
In the film Batman & Robin, he was an incarcerated killer named Antonio Diego, who’s turned into a henchman by Poison Ivy. The name given to him is latino in origin, but apart from that he is played by Robert “Jeep” Swenson, a caucasian American wrestler, and his background is actually more similar to a character named Ivor, a man who henched for Poison Ivy in one of her early appearances.
In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane is played by another caucasian man, Tom Hardy, and whose background is as an international mercenary — a background more similar to Robin villain Edmund Dorrance, aka King Snake. (More on him later.)
In short, both of Bane’s live action film appearances could be argued to not REALLY be Bane as we know him from the comics, but an even more obscure character bearing his name.
However, Bane has not always been played by a white actor. In Bruce Timm and Paul Dini’s DC Animated Universe, Bane’s origin is as an inmate of a Cuban prison, and latino actors were always cast to play him. He was portrayed in Batman: The Animated Series by Henry Silva, a Sicilian-Portuguese actor with a long, prolific career. And in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Bane is played by Hector Elizondo, a Spanish-American actor.
In the animated series “The Batman,” Bane is explicitly a South American mercenary, and in his first appearance he is played by Portuguese actor Joaquim de Almeida.
In DCU’s own “Young Justice,” Bane’s origins have not been explicitly explored, but he is played by Mexican-American actor Danny Trejo.
Carlos Alzaraqui, an Argentine-American, plays Bane in the animated films Justice League: Doom, Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants, and his most recent animated appearance, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
And in Season 5 of “Gotham,” Bane is introduced with the real name of Eduardo Dorrance, with a background that combines his history in the comics with his role in The Dark Knight Rises. There he is played by Shane West, a multi-ethnic actor with a Cajun French mother and a British-Portuguese father.
AND NOW, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE COMICS:
Bane’s father was a man named Sir Edmund Dorrance, a British native military officer who defects from his homeland become an international mercenary, working with revolutionary cells throughout the world for profit.
Dorrance’s fate changed forever when he joined up with an anti-communist rebel cell in the small (fictional) nation of Santa Prisca, a Spanish colonized island in the north Caribbean. There, he strikes up a brief romance with one of the local native rebels, leaving her with child before abandoning them both when the rebellion fails. Unable to persecute Dorrance for his role in the rebellion, the Santa Priscan government holds his son responsible for carrying out his father’s life sentence.
So… is Bane white, or is he latino? By heritage, Bane is mixed race in origin. He has a white father, and a latina mother. But as someone who never knew his father until he was an adult, who was born and spent his formative years in Pena Duro, the prison colony of Santa Prisca, and now a man who still considers Santa Prisca his home, Bane is latino by nationality as well.
To read Bane’s true origin for yourself, see Batman: Gotham Knights (2000-) #47-49, “Veritas Liberat,” by Judd Winick.