The Dark Knight Rises had plenty of time to tell its story in the 165 minutes it was comprised of, but there was a few things that got cut. Part of the cut scenes delved into Bane’s backstory. Throughout the movie we get hints and pieces of dialogue that kind of clued us in on it, but we didn’t get to see any of it play out. Nolan cut at least two scenes that would show how Bane became Bane. Speaking to GQ, costume designer Lindy Hemming accidentally let slip some details.
Hemming hadn’t seen a finished version of the film, so halfway thorugh the interview she started talking in detail about a Bane scene:
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.
The GQ writer told Hemming that the scene she was going on about had in fact been cut from the film. Hemming quickly replied “Well that’s an awful shame, but I supposed 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.”
Now, Nolan is notorious for including little to no material on the DVD in the ways of extras, so let’s hope that these segments find their way onto the disc somehow. Bane had little development in the film, and these scenes could have really helped expand the character some. I’ll admit I wasn’t a big fan of Rises, but it was a good enough ending. What do you think about these revelations? Would this have helped the story out in your opinion?
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Source : GQ by way of Vulture