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The Dark Knight Rises‘ costume designer Lindy Hemming accidently revealed a deleted scene which explains more of Bane’s back story.

In the film we don’t find out as many details as one would hope concerning Bane’s back story other than that he was injured and mutilated while in prison and was forced to wear his mask to be administered medication to prevent unbearable pain. We do find out that he’s a member of the League of Shadows, just like Bruce Wayne, and that he was a bodyguard for Talia. The rest is simply left to our imaginations.

Not anymore.

The Dark Knight Rises‘ costume designer had not yet seen the final film and recently did an interview with GQ. Hemming assumed this scene would never be cut from the film and she explained it in detail:

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 interviewer later told Hemming that the scene was cut from the final film and she refused to reveal anymore details. Although, she did go on to reveal that there was also a scene, “that showed you why he had the mask and where it came from.”

Despite this film already being quite lengthy at 164 minutes, we’re surprised to see these scenes cut from The Dark Knight Rises. Some of the most vocal complaints have been about a lack of back story for Bane and this would have definitely tied up the loose ends that could have grounded his character’s story.

Director Christopher Nolan hasn’t always created director’s cuts in the past, but hopefully since the trilogy has ended we’ll see these deleted scenes in the director’s cut when the DVD/Blu-ray hits stores this December.

Source: Collider

  • Me

    I wish they were still in. Wouldn’t have affected much.

  • http://clayton11ify.webs.com/ clayton10ify

    This post is misleading, I thought it would show the actual deleted scene not just describe it.

    • Liderc

      “would have shown Bane’s training” sounds like it’s a description to me…Wouldn’t it be “Shows Bane’s training” if it was a video?

      Either way, interesting to see that we may get these on the dvd.

      • http://clayton11ify.webs.com/ clayton10ify

        Oh yeah I guess.

        • Kyle

          I think it was more of “‘Dark Knight Rises’ Deleted Scene Revealed”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690341156 Andrew Davies-Land

    better be on the DVD nolan you toss pot

    • Narayan Divya88

      Calling Christopher Nolan a ‘toss pot’ is way out of order. Since when did Nolan’s Batman films become as hated as Transformers and Twilight? And why is TDKR being made to seem as if it’s worse than the trash that Michael Bay brings out? Is TDKR really so bad that it would win Razzies???

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690341156 Andrew Davies-Land

        all 3 films aren’t bad the first 2 were phantasmagorical!! But the 3rd was Good but just lousy over all. It felt rushed and clunky… Nah I don’t think it would win a Razzie, because like I said..its good its not total trash like twilight…. I stand by my original comment because their was so much more Nolan could have done with bane and he just didn’t..and it sure as hell wasn’t for lack of time the first 2 films were like 3 hours long..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35FUJMXW455XWHY7EZ3N4ZTJVQ BHorde2010

    Should have been left in, but hopefully Nolan does produce a Director’s Cut.

  • Joshua Redwine

    5-10 more minutes about Bane’s backstory would have made his character feel much more fleshed-out and understandable from the casual audience’s perspective. Plus, a look at a more fragile Bane would make the ending of the film feel less anti-climactic. 

    Many have complained that Bane, in the end, should not have been so easy to take down. (Even though I think it gave Selina the bada$$ cred she deserves to win the Bat’s heart.) The reality is that, even if he is an intelligent and extremely strong villain, he is ultimately reliant upon a damaged body and drugs that allow him to even be functional. Plus, he never escaped the prison with the will we were led to believe. Ultimately, we learn that Bane is no where near as special as the first half of the film suggests. Maybe that was a let down for many, but I think it plays extremely well with the general themes of the trilogy. 

    • Mrs_Badcrumble

      I agree. That final act of Bane shows his true motivations (his attachment with Talia), and his before unknown fragile state when of the drugs. I think his actual death could have been better, but the rest really works for me.

      • Liderc

        I loved when his mask was malfunctioning, that would have been a great way for batman to “kill” him. He could have ripped off his mask, had a darth vader moment and watch him die of pain. 

        • Mrs_Badcrumble

          Humm, I think the “official” version is better. The Batman stands for justice. He is against killing people, even proven criminals (in the Dark Knight he even saves the Joker after he falls from the building, and he explicitly tells Selina Kyle not to kill the men that were attacking them) and taking Bane’s mask and watching him slowly die of agonizing pain is totally against the character of Batman.

          • Liderc

            That was my point, Batman wouldn’t kill him, he would simply die due to his previous injuries/pain. 

          • Mrs_Badcrumble

            It would still be a bit sadistic… =P

          • Liderc

            I don’t think it’s anymore sadistic than when he dropped a mob boss off the side of a building to let his legs get crushed. I mean when he killed Ra’s al Ghul, he did kill him, he could have saved him when he saved himself. 

            Edit: Sorry couldn’t reply to your response for some reason.

  • tG

    pretty sure there must have also been a deleted scene with how bruce got back into gotham, maybe once people see that they’ll stop pretending to hate the film just cause it’s third in a trilogy.

    • Joshua Redwine

      People are giving Nolan far too little credit if they believe there isn’t another half-hour worth of fully-finished material out there that fills in all the “gaps” they find in the plot. It was an ambitious project which needed to be cut for time. That doesn’t mean it was a poorly crafted film. 

  • guest

    bane was literally the best part of the film and i dont really care that much that they cut these scenes out.The only thing that ruined the movie for me was banes death it was meaningless and cheesy i would have rather him sacrifice himself for talia or be thought to be dead but his body was never recovered  not be killed by catwomen and have her say a cheesy line afterwards 

  • Liderc

    Would have loved to have seen this flashback. Bane could have been so much more in this film, they kind of cut his legs out from under him when Talia showed up and this back story would have given him exactly what was needed.

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