To the handful of people who haven’t seen the latest Batman movie, be warned SPOILERS are dead ahead.
File this story under “a rumor so awesome we can only hope it’s true.” Remember that GQ interview with DARK KNIGHT RISES costume designer Lindy Hemming that appeared last month? The one where she talked about all the cool Bane flashback stuff that got cut from the movie? Well, the word on the street is that said deleted scenes could be integrated into a Director’s Cut to be featured on the upcoming Blu-ray release.
This extended edition is reportedly thirty minutes longer than the already epic 165-minute theatrical version. The new footage is said to make further use of Liam Neeson’s Ra’s Al Ghul and expand the backstory of Tom Hardy’s mouth breathing Bane. Among the scenes to be included in this rumored version are scenes of Bane “being injured in his youth” and a “whole early section for Tom Hardy where he's fighting and being taunted by people… standing on a wooden thing while people are attacking him.”
Christoper Nolan is a notoriously economical filmmaker in terms of his shooting scripts. Unlike Sir Ridley Scott, he isn’t known to produce oodles and oodles of excess material for director’s cuts and special features. If this rumor turns out to be true, the new cut could change the way audiences have received the mixed-bag sequel. Until we get official word on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES home video release, we should probably treat this bit of news as strictly a rumor-- albeit an exciting one.