Recently word got out that The Dark Knight Rises would be getting a special edition Blu-Ray with special packaging (concept image above) but now, Nuke the Fridge seems to be spreading the word that fans should also expect a Director’s Cut as well.
“According to our reliable spies, we will be able to see how Bane learns to fight plus more scenes involving Ra’s Al Ghul. The new Director’s Cut is said to make the film about thirty minutes longer.”
A few weeks back the film’s costume designer Lindy Hemming shared a few very interesting tidbits about Bane’s origin in an interview with GQ:
“The other thing that you should have seen during that sequence is him 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.”
So as it stands right now, it is indeed entirely possible that a Directors Cut could be in the works, and clearly there is material for it. While Christopher Nolan isn’t one to ever include deleted scenes in anything he does, this would be a very welcome change and a nice treat for fans.