The Dark Knight Rises was a lengthy film that felt complete and never really lacking any sort of deleted material. Up until this point I’ve never really cared to know more about Bane’s backstory, because what was told in the film was more than enough for me, but according to costume designer Lindy Hemming there was a lot more Bane footage than one might have expected.
Here’s what she told GQ (via Collider):
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.
I wonder if any of this will make it to the Blu-ray release of the film. Nolan never included any deleted scenes on Batman Begins or The Dark Knight, so maybe Bane’s past may never be officially revealed? Would you care to see it or do you think too much backstory ruins the mystery of the character?