At nearly three hours long, it’s surprising to think that anything was cut from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, but in a recent interview with GQ, costume designer Lindy Hemming let a few details slip about the unseen origins of Bane that never made the final film. Apparently Hemming hasn’t even seen the movie yet, so she had no idea that these scenes were cut.
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.
Would the movie have worked better if you saw more of Bane's backstory, or did that bit of mystery add to his character? Tell us what you think. And hopefully we'll see some of these scenes on the Blu-Ray and DVD when they get released.
[GQ via Vulture]