Christopher Nolan originally showed a four-hour cut of The Dark Knight Rises to studio execs at Warner Bros. early on this year. The final film that the world has seen was 164 minutes long, almost three hours, yet tons was cut.
In an interview with GQ, Lindy Hemming the costume designer on Rises, talks about a flashback sequence involving Bane. At the time of the interview Hemming said she hadn’t seen the finished film and assumed what she was talking about made it to the film product.
One of my few gripes in the film was wanting to learn more about the menacing character played by Tom Hardy. So much so that I went back and bought the Knightfall comic books, because I couldn’t get enough of Bane.
Hemming talks about deleted scene, Bane’s mask, the story behind it and some other spoilers.
Hit the jump for more details from Hemming
Hemming says of the scene:
The thing that you should have seen during that sequence is [Bane] being injured in his youth. So one of the fundamental things about his costume is that he has this scar from the back injury. Even if he hasn’t got the bulletproof vest on, he still has to wear the waist belt and the braces. In that scene in the prison, where he’s learning to fight the same way Batman learned to fight, he’s wearing an early version of his waist belt. It’s showing support, but it’s not the finished one he eventually wears. He’s also wearing an early version of his gas mask, all glued together … If you look at the film, unless they’ve cut it—and I’m sure they haven’t—there’s a whole early section for Tom Hardy where he’s fighting and being taunted by people. He’s got chains on him, and he’s standing on a wooden thing while people are attacking him. And in that scene, he’s wearing a much more ragged, primitive version of the mask.
During the interview the GQ writer informs Hemming that the scene didn’t make the final cut, and she says she won’t go into further details, but then she adds that there’s another scene “that showed you why he had the mask and where it came from.”
Yes, the film was long and probably too long for the average movie watcher, but I would have loved more back story to Bane and his mask.
We know that Nolan doesn’t include deleted scenes in his DVD releases, but lets hope he changes his stance and we see this in a few months!