The True Story Of Bane Cut Out Of Final Edit Of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’
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Audiences never knew how the Jonathan Crane became the Scarecrow or how the Joker really got those scars, and they will probably never know the true story behind Bane. But a recent interview reveals what could have been Bane’s back story in The Dark Knight Rises. Check it out below.

Much like the previous Batman villains in Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Trilogy, there was no explanation as to who Bane was or how he came to be. Sure The Dark Knight Rises hints at it once, but it is so subtle and so late into the film, that when it does appear, there is just not enough time to process it. Time constraints and numerous plots prevented Nolan from truly fleshing out his story. Now, a new interview from costume designer Lindy Hemming hints at how Bane would have been introduced into the film properly.

Here’s what Hemming had to say:

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.

Although we see Bane wear a bulletproof vest from time to time, the back support or brace is an element that was never utilized in the film. The focus was on Bane’s mask and how it was vital for his survival So if you have seen the film, you know just how important Bane needs the Cpap mask. The idea behind his training isn’t anything new, but based on the description above, the way he was trained differs from the way that Bruce Wayne was trained in Batman Begins.

Later in the interview, Hemming comes to find out that the scene she just detailed wasn’t in the final cut of the film. Disappointed, he understood why it was cut out, but offered no details. So any hope you have of seeing this scene be played out on the extras on the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray has been diminished since Nolan is nortious for not adding any special features like “deleted scenes.”

Having seen the movie and reading the quote above, would you have liked to have seen Bane’s story played out or do you like The Dark Knight Rises just the way it is?

[Source: GQ]

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  1. This movie could have been 3 and a half hours and it still would be superb! I wish they had told all of Bane’s story.

    Comment by Josh Krogman — August 7, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  2. I don’t think it was entirely necessary to have Bane backstory. He knew what he wanted to do in the plot, and we knew through logic that his mask is probably a weakness.

    When the twist at the end is revealed, that simultaneously was a good and bad thing. A good thing because for the first time in the movie, we see Bane’s humanity. At the same time, his power is diminished and he takes a backseat to another character that has almost absolutely no backstory or emotional investment from the audience, so the reveal loses its impact. If anything, I think this is the thing that could have been handled differently.

    Comment by Anthony J. Gomez — August 7, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

  3. There’s so much story needed to tell. I would love to see the deleted scenes and the long version of the film. Nolan created an extraordinary character version of Bane, driven by principle and love.

    Comment by Bon Labora — August 7, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

  4. Or you could just go read the original comics and find out Bane’s origin direct from the source.

    Comment by Eric Davidson — August 7, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

  5. I wish we could have learned a bit more about bane… Because they didn’t give enough insight into his character. We always talk about building characters telling their back stories or giving enough information so people really feel for that character. Although there was enough to make you understand Bane’s reasoning for his actions, I would still have liked to know more about him. Just like a story in movies you have to convince people to love your character, with Bane, he didn’t have enough of a chance to truly capture anyone. I believe if the director were to add in some info about him in the deleted scenes people would in enjoy Bane more. Just like the Joker. The Joker never had a strait forward story but, he always gave you insight into his character, he grasped everyone with his mistery and madness. Don’t get me wrong I loved Bane and when he broke down I cried as well, but I know for a fact that a lot of other people didn’t because they didn’t understand him well enough. They should have established this character better, with the Joker, he was misterious, crazy, chaotic, just down right loopy, but we understood this because this is clearly portraed in the movie. Again with Bane, there is no inside nothing is clear about this character. I myself am a writer and I see that he clearly needs more work as a character and I belive the makers of Batman still have room for improvement.

    Comment by Iornman — August 7, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

  6. Although Bane is in fact an amazing character, I really feel for him. He captured me right away but it never hurts to take a second look to revise, add take ways, fix any mistakes, fill any holes or gasps. Bane to me is the best character in the Batman Trilogy, he is so interesting I want to know more about him and his background, because there are many stories of Bane, in the comics, shows, and movies. I would really love to learn of this new character Nolan had created.

    Comment by Iornman — August 7, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

  7. Whole Bane mask was so dumb. In the first fight Batman was pounding away at it and it didnt break. Its an obvious weak spot and he went for it yet perfectly fine. Second fight it breaks now he’s in big trouble. After all that crap batman went through it fell down to one little tube coming out. Just terrible.

    Comment by Cause_I_Can — September 8, 2013 @ 5:00 am

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