The Dark Knight Rises extended cut coming to Blu-ray?

News Glen Chapman
7 Sep 2012 - 08:14

Rumours are emerging that a longer cut of The Dark Knight Rises will be available when it's released in the run up to Christmas....

Spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises ahead.

You may remember a few weeks back we passed on some information that emerged from an interview with Lindy Hemmings, the costume designer for The Dark Knight Rises, where she revealed that there was some footage filmed that would have filled out Bane's backstory that ultimately didn't make it into the final film. You can read the previous news piece here.

It's now being rumoured that the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Dark Knight Rises will include an extended cut, which will include over 30 minutes of additional footage. Said footage will apparently focus on Bane's backstory and add in more screentime for Ra's Al Ghul. So, more Tom Hardy and Liam Neeson, which can be no bad thing.

The inclusion of such scenes would, however, undoubtedly affect the narrative flow of the film. Still, it would be interesting to see how this rumoured cut differs from the theatrical one – if indeed it exists at all. It might suggest that Christopher Nolan didn't have first cut first time around (which seems unlikely), or that, with those back stories mentioned above pushing the duration to well over three hours, something simply had to give.

That said, he may still have an extended take on The Dark Knight Rises Nolan wants to put out there. We suspect we won't have long to wait to find out whether or not this one is true...

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