Many of us are lamenting the end of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, but according to Nukethefridge.com there is still more to look forward to. The upcoming Blu-ray release of The Dark Knight Rises will include 30 minutes of footage that was cut from the theatrical version. Nolan’s first ever director’s cut is said to feature extended scenes detailing the story behind Bane’s scars and mask. There will also be additional footage of Liam Neeson as Ra’s al Ghul. Costume designer Lindy Hemming detailed one of the scene’s that was cut in an interview with GQ:
“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 . . . 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.”
We can only hope that Nolan might also choose to record a DVD commentary for the first time as well.