Deleted 'Dark Knight Rises' Scene Would Reveal More of Bane's Origin
Despite the fact that the films clocks in at nearly three hours, The Dark Knight Rises doesn't offer much in the vein of a backstory for Bane aside from a certain aspect of his past that helps tie the villainous plot to the origins of Batman (we won't offer specifics just in case there are five of you who haven't yet seen the film. One fact that does remain shrouded in mystery though are the specifics of Bane's injuries in his past and why he actually has to wear the mask other than being beaten brutally at a young age. Well, costume designer Linda Hemming revealed some details that were filmed, but ended up on the cutting room floor.
Hemming is one of those five people who hasn't seen the film, at least at the time of this interview with GQ (via Movies.com), so she was not aware of some of this footage she describes being cut from the film, and actually seemed confident that it should have been in the film. Hemming talks about the sequence in which we see Bane attacked as he prevents someone he cares about (again we won't be specific) from being hurt:
"The other 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."
Hemming was informed that the scene was in fact cut and she said, "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." Perhaps Nolan decided that more mystery about the mask was more intimidating and scary, much in the same way that a killer without motivation or reason is scary. This same train of though is what make The Joker such a terrifying villain, especially regarding the fact that he always fabricated a story about where his scars came from. There's a chance we might see these scenes show up on the Blu-Ray/DVD release, but in the meantime this is all we have.
Should these scenes have been in the film. Would they have made Bane more interesting?