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Learn a bit about some cut scenes involving the origin of Bane in this interview with the costume designer for The Dark Knight Rises

Aug. 7, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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SPOILERS for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, of course.  Nothing especially revealing, but if you want to know absolutely nothing about the film I'd suggest you click away.

While I never once bemoaned the absence of explanation about how Bane came to be Bane during THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, I do understand those who wished for even a just a little bit more.  So for those of you who did, and even for those of you who fall into the same camp as me, costume designer Lindy Hemming has revealed some details of his origin that were filmed and so exist somewhere.

There's nothing too specific here in terms of where he comes from or the particular paths his journey took prior to the film's spectacular opening plane heist, but what she says does illuminate more of the emotional moments that contributed to Bane's very special brand of calculated brutality. Not to mention sounding like a very cool and arresting sequence of scenes that mirrors Bruce Wayne's creation of Batman in a suitably twisted way.

Bane stand on ceremony moment

GQ: On a recent interview, you said you couldn't elaborate on the prison scenes, because the film wasn't out yet. What can you tell us about them now?
Lindy Hemming:
I don't think they know where the prison is, but it doesn't really matter...it could be in Northern India or it could be in Afghanistan or it could be in Northern Pakistan, but it's in the roof of the world.

GQ: And Bane has on these...
Lindy Hemming:
Rags. [laughs] We made them first and then ruined them, obviously. There were two things about his clothes. The first thing is that they should be pretty undefined in date and where they came from, other than perhaps north of Asia. The other thing is that during the sequence when...do you know I haven't seen the film finished?

GQ: What!? You haven't seen the movie yet?
Lindy Hemming:
It's not out in England yet, but the other thing that you should have seen during that sequence is him 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.

GQ: I remember one scene where we see his face covered in bandages, is this what you're referring to?
Lindy Hemming:
Well, 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.

GQ: I think that Bane scene must've been cut...
Lindy Hemming:
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 saddens me to know that I shouldn't hold out hope for the chance to see the above sequences in the form of deleted scenes, as neither of Nolan's past Batman films have had anything in the way of deleted scenes.  But perhaps they've just been saved for the inevitable Super Special Edition Three Movie release presumably arriving some time this winter? Who knows. 
Bane Batman BTS fighting photo
Extra Tidbit: Now I want to go watch THE DARK KNIGHT RISES again. *sigh* I guess I'll have to settle for watching all of the trailers and listening to the score while I remember what I can...
Source: GQ

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11:20AM on 08/09/2012

this really pisses me off

the one thing everyone wanted in this movie was more bane history. the character was so awesome in this movie. it would've been a lot better to have this history built up more in the movie so that when he turned into a little bitch at the end, we would've been able to identify with that emotion better. i love nolan and all of this movies but i can't believe this "genius" of movie making would cut out these scenes. i knew there was a reason why as good as TDKR was, it just was a little "off"
the one thing everyone wanted in this movie was more bane history. the character was so awesome in this movie. it would've been a lot better to have this history built up more in the movie so that when he turned into a little bitch at the end, we would've been able to identify with that emotion better. i love nolan and all of this movies but i can't believe this "genius" of movie making would cut out these scenes. i knew there was a reason why as good as TDKR was, it just was a little "off" somehow. this is why. i kind of feel cheated for these scenes not being in the movie. would 3 hours as opposed the 2 hours and 45 minutes mattered that much?
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5:27AM on 08/08/2012
It would have been cool to see, but what Gcolonna said makes sense. I just saw it again for a second time last night; it's even better the second time. My first viewing was at a proper, purpose built IMAX; the sound blew me away!! This time I saw it at an "IMAX" at a regular cinema. I highly reccomend people to travel a bit further to see it on a proper IMAX if they have to because they are like comparing night and day. Obviously the screen was smaller in the converted "IMAX" which I
It would have been cool to see, but what Gcolonna said makes sense. I just saw it again for a second time last night; it's even better the second time. My first viewing was at a proper, purpose built IMAX; the sound blew me away!! This time I saw it at an "IMAX" at a regular cinema. I highly reccomend people to travel a bit further to see it on a proper IMAX if they have to because they are like comparing night and day. Obviously the screen was smaller in the converted "IMAX" which I expected, but the sound was NOTHING like my first experience and that really annoyed me.
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1:08AM on 08/08/2012

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They cut it for the reason to leave the legend of bane and the child who escapes unable for the viewer to connect the two. If they showed more of Bane in his youth (don't get me wrong id have liked that too) but then there wouldn't be the awe of Talia Al Ghul being the child that escapes the whole and not bane. So they chose to leave more mystery about Bane for the sake of the twist. Also they went out of there way to ensure there was no background on Joker and it worked...
They cut it for the reason to leave the legend of bane and the child who escapes unable for the viewer to connect the two. If they showed more of Bane in his youth (don't get me wrong id have liked that too) but then there wouldn't be the awe of Talia Al Ghul being the child that escapes the whole and not bane. So they chose to leave more mystery about Bane for the sake of the twist. Also they went out of there way to ensure there was no background on Joker and it worked...
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1:07AM on 08/08/2012
I would have loved to seen that shit damn.
I would have loved to seen that shit damn.
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11:26PM on 08/07/2012
More of Young Bane would have been really welcome, actually. The idea of an early version of the gas mask that he cobbles together sounds very intriguing. It's probably just me, but a nod to Bane's Teddy Bear from the comics (with the knife sticking out the back) Osito would have been cool.
More of Young Bane would have been really welcome, actually. The idea of an early version of the gas mask that he cobbles together sounds very intriguing. It's probably just me, but a nod to Bane's Teddy Bear from the comics (with the knife sticking out the back) Osito would have been cool.
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8:39PM on 08/07/2012
I'd love to watch The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX again too. Can't wait for this movie to come out on Blu Ray.
I'd love to watch The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX again too. Can't wait for this movie to come out on Blu Ray.
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8:18PM on 08/07/2012

Huge difference, WTF

I came out of this wishing there had been more of one thing: Bane. I loved BB more than TDK, partly because of the League of Shadows and its unique ideology/mythology and showed how Batman developed his morality,

Sh*t it would have made Bane's character more meaningful to see his youth -- it's such an impt part of the comics. And maybe help viewers give a sh*t why he cried. They couldn't have subbed this for friggin' Matthew Modine's character?
I came out of this wishing there had been more of one thing: Bane. I loved BB more than TDK, partly because of the League of Shadows and its unique ideology/mythology and showed how Batman developed his morality,

Sh*t it would have made Bane's character more meaningful to see his youth -- it's such an impt part of the comics. And maybe help viewers give a sh*t why he cried. They couldn't have subbed this for friggin' Matthew Modine's character?
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7:54PM on 08/07/2012

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Why don't you just go watch it again this weekend? Is something preventing you?
Why don't you just go watch it again this weekend? Is something preventing you?
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3:13PM on 08/07/2012
That is a shame that they cut it out. Really hope an ultimate edition will come out.
That is a shame that they cut it out. Really hope an ultimate edition will come out.
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2:53PM on 08/07/2012

absolute shame!

cannot believe they cut that, wow.
cannot believe they cut that, wow.
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2:50PM on 08/07/2012
They explained everything through dialogue, so it's not really a big deal that this is missing.
They explained everything through dialogue, so it's not really a big deal that this is missing.
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2:45PM on 08/07/2012

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It's still out in theaters.... Not too late to go watch it again.
It's still out in theaters.... Not too late to go watch it again.
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2:26PM on 08/07/2012

Oh man...

That does sound pretty cool!!!
That does sound pretty cool!!!
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2:18PM on 08/07/2012
The real shame of this interview is that had GQ just shut the fuck up about the sequence not being in the film she likely would have discussed the scene a little further.
The real shame of this interview is that had GQ just shut the fuck up about the sequence not being in the film she likely would have discussed the scene a little further.
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1:44PM on 08/07/2012
Reading about those scenes I must say yes I would like to have seen them in the film, but we can't have everything I suppose
Reading about those scenes I must say yes I would like to have seen them in the film, but we can't have everything I suppose
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