In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane

takes the Wayne Enterprises board hostage, and “forces” Lucius Fox and Miranda Tate to give him access to the nuclear thingy.

This hostage-taking is what prompts

the police to head into the sewers, where they are promptly trapped when Bane sets off his explosives and takes control of Gotham.

Some time later

a special forces team covertly enters the city, and are taken by Jim Gordon and John Blake to meet Lucius and Miranda, who are living in a building which is then raided by Bane & his soldiers, who re-capture Fox and Miranda.

But when did these characters get free from Bane in the first place? Did he just let them wander off at some point? Why?

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Well, a big plot point in this film is that

Miranda Tate is actually Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Ra's al Ghul, and she has been working with Bane all along.

So from this point of view,

she never had to get "free" from Bane.

It would seem that

she and Bane decided that Lucius could go free, and that she would tag along with Lucius. To explain to Lucius why he was letting them go, Bane most likely told them that they could do little to harm his siege of the city.

Doing this would be advantageous because

Lucius would probably seek out or organize some form of resistance, and so if anyone was planning to usurp control of Gotham from Bane, Lucius would know about it or be involved. By sticking close to Lucius, Miranda would be able to inform Bane, who could then mount a defence. Basically, a free Lucius was more valuable to them than a captive Lucius.

This is probably exactly what happened,

given how quickly Bane had found the Special Forces men after they had been brought to Lucius and Miranda.

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    Aha, yes excellent point: a little morsel of cheese, to attract any stray rats. Sep 25, 2015 at 22:30
  • @PaulD.Waite : Exactly.
    – Praxis
    Sep 25, 2015 at 22:31
  • Shouldn't the second spoiler say "...with Bane explaining to them that Lucius could do little to affect their siege of Gotham"?
    – Wad Cheber
    Sep 25, 2015 at 23:14
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    @WadCheber : No, not if the ruse was to be maintained. Lucius believed that Miranda was a victim, and that lie had to be preserved.
    – Praxis
    Sep 25, 2015 at 23:20
  • @Praxis I meant the third spoiler.
    – Wad Cheber
    Sep 25, 2015 at 23:21

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