Another Internet rumor crashed and burned today as the news that there will NOT be an extended cut added to the release of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. The gist of the rumor being that an extended director’s cut featuring an extra 30 minutes including Bane’s origin story.
Oliver Lyttelton over at The Playlist is reporting that those close to Nolan confirmed that no extended version exists or is planned to exist. Lyttelton included a Nolan quote that should have squelched the rumor quickly:
Really, anyone listening to Nolan, who’s never included many deleted scenes on his home video releases, would have known that the chances were very slim — Nolan told MTV shortly after the release of “The Dark Knight Rises” that “”I tend to try and weed things out on paper because it’s crazy expensive to shoot things that aren’t going to be in the film. It also takes up a lot of time and energy. Pretty much with all my films, there are very few deleted scenes, which always disappoints the DVD crowd.”
Seriously, just look at Nolan’s past statements or prior work and consider that his including an extended cut would drastically go against his prior track record. As much as I would love to see any extra scenes or clips, Nolan is such a perfectionist that I imagine he would rather destroy anything not used in the film than have it spliced into some extended version.