Missing Dark Knight Rises scenes told Bane backstory

News Glen Chapman
8 Aug 2012 - 06:13

In a recent interview, costume designer Lindy Hemming has revealed details of scenes that didn't make the theatrical release...

This news piece contains the inevitable spoiler or two for anyone yet to see The Dark Knight Rises.

With The Dark Knight Rises clocking in at 164 minutes, you wouldn't have thought that too much key material would have been left on the cutting room floor, but according to costume designer Lindy Hemming when she was recently interviewed by GQ magazine, this might still be the case.The scenes involve some backstory for Bane, and needless to say, there are some spoilers. Here's what she has to say about them:

“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.”

Hemming was made aware that the scene wasn't in the film and said:

“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's not a great surprise that the scenes were cut, given how the backstory of Bane involves some trickery on the filmmakers' part, and it would have certainly been a different film had the above scenes been included. Fingers crossed they make an appearance on the Blu-ray release.


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