The Dark Knight Rises deleted scene explains Bane's backstory

Costume designer Lindy Hemming reveals what we missed

Clocking in at a whopping 164 minutes, The Dark Knight Rises is already a mammoth example of storytelling, but even despite its epic running time, there were a still a few key sequences that ended up on the cutting room floor.

Costume designer Lindy Hemming has been talking about one of those scenes, in which Bane's backstory was fleshed out a little, including details surrounding just how Bane came to require that mask.

"The thing that you should have seen during that sequence is [Bane] being injured in his youth," says Hemming. "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 [deleted] 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. 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."

And there we were thinking we couldn't wring any more excitement out of The Dark Knight Rises! Hopefully, said scene will be included on the DVD package, giving us even more of an insight into what put Bane on the road to becoming "Gotham's reckoning".

Will you be buying the film when it arrives on DVD? Tell us, below!


    • ChrisWootton

      Aug 8th 2012, 8:28

      Even if he hasn’t got the bulletproof vest on, he still has to wear the waist belt and the braces." They probably realised that they'd made a mistake as there are scenes where he isn't wearing either

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 8th 2012, 17:40

      Usually this would end up in the Blu Ray/DVD but Nolan isn't keen on different cuts.

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    • zachariahgray

      Aug 8th 2012, 20:42

      Nolan did include a deleted scene (alternate ending) in Memento where there was an alternate ending which didn't appear in the final film, although neither Batman Begins (which all the scenes were in the film, minus the alternate footage shown in trailers) The Dark Knight (again has few deleted scenes but were shown in the making-of featurettes of the Dark Knight on DVD) have deleted scenes, The Dark Knight Rises would include that deleted scene but we've seen parts of Bane's origin in the final film, his backstory was implied but never shown on film

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