Until the film The Dark Knight Rises, movies and games mostly portrayed Bane as a hulking beast not unlike Killer Croc. But Rises was much closer to the true Bane: a cold, tactical monster that can challenge (and even beat) Batman both mentally and physically. That’s closer to the Bane we see in Arkham Origins, and that characterization began with the mega-crossover, Knightfall.
In one of his first appearances, Bane declares his intention to break The Bat, and he does it! Bane deduces Bat’s secret identity, he sets free everyone in Arkham, he waits for Batman to exhaust himself chasing criminals, then Bane sneaks into the Bat Cave, beats Bruce nearly to death, and breaks Batman’s spine. It’s hard to think of Batman suffering a more thorough defeat than he does in Knightfall, and it cemented Bane’s rep forever, even if some later interpretations were lacking.