At nearly three hours long, nobody’s calling Christopher Nolan‘s theatrical cut of The Dark Knight Rises lean, but does the filmmaker have a director’s cut of his final Batman film in his back pocket? Possibly, says one source.
The news comes from Nuke The Fridge, who say that as much as 30 minutes of footage might be added to the new cut of the film for its Blu-ray release later this fall. Aforementioned scenes depicting Bane’s origins and more Ra’s al Ghul flashbacks are amongst the rumored additions. Here’s the full quote from NTF:
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.
It’s an interesting possibility seeing as how Nolan hasn’t indulged in the practice of director’s cut video releases before, and his old school adherence to letting the finished theatrical cut be the only cut of the film. He didn’t do it for The Dark Knight and he didn’t do it for Inception, but maybe there just wasn’t enough there to be worth going back into the editing room to put back in.
Naturally, it should be pointed out that this is merely a rumor. Even Nuke The Fridge, to whom this news counts as an “exclusive” seems oddly pessimistic about their own scoop, saying, “Until I see the Blu-ray I’m treating this as a rumor.”
More news as it develops.