The Dark Knight Rises clocked in at two hours and 45 minutes, and would you believe it, they still had to cut large chunks of the initial story, including a deeper look into Bane’s origin, in order to not end up with something like a five hour epic. Personally, I’d have probably been down with that extended version but I can’t imagine many moviegoers happy with such a long stint in the theatre. Especially without an intermission.
Since the film’s release we’ve learned of a few scenes that almost made it into the film. There was one story-boarded scene which would have hinted as to what the Joker was up to during Rises and here’s another they filmed which delved deeper into Bane’s origin. Speaking with GQ, costume designer Lindy Hemming mentioned a favorite sequence of her’s involving a more detailed description of Bane and his mask,
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.
Once made aware the scene isn’t in the final cut she added,
Well that’s an awful shame, but I suppose you have to cut things. I won’t elaborate on it too much, because it isn’t in the film, but there was another section that showed you why he had the mask and where it came from.
It sounds exactly like the kind of thing I want to see in the special features, but I can agree we didn’t really need it in the picture. I don’t believe it was exactly necessary to learn the precise reasons for Bane’s mask, and y’know what? I didn’t even notice his belt was of significance. But here’s another interesting thing they cut from Bane’s backstory. Shared by artist Sebastian Lochmann to CBM these images are examples of what Bane’s back scars may have looked like had we ever seen them.
What d’ya think? Gruesome, right? It’s kind of funny seeing them molded into green flesh because now all I can imagine is The Hulk. But anyway, I do hope we see some of this included on The Dark Knight Rises‘ DVD/Blu-ray, if only because I’d love to see more of Tom Hardy’s incredible performance. Seriously, that guy was awesome as Bane and it’s easily become one of my favorite versions of the character.