Dark Knight Rises BD Will NOT Feature a Director's Cut
Holy Batman Blu-ray rumors! We've been hearing whispers of a longer cut of The Dark Knight Rises for some time now, and even have confirmation that a lengthy "Bane origins" backstory was shot, but deleted.
Just a few weeks ago, the film's costume designer Lindy Hemming shared a few 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," Hemming told GQ. "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."
While director Chirstopher Nolan is not known for having many deleted scenes with his films, it's certainly possible with The Dark Knight Rises, especially factoring the film's already long running time. But could this excised footage make its way to Blu-ray? While it's most certainly a likelihood that we'll see some kind of deleted scenes reel, there's a strong possibility of a Director's Cut as well.
At least, Nuke the Fridge seems to be confident a Director's Cut is in the works. "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," the website claims.
With virtually every summer hit announced for Blu-ray, it's only a matter of time (possibly in the next few days or weeks) before Warner Home Entertainment officially announces the Blu-ray, which will either confirm or debunk this rumor. As always, we'll see.
[UPDATE] Several sources close to the Nolan camp have confirmed that there are no plans for an extended cut or Director's Cut of the film. Given Nolan's track record with home video releases, it really shouldn't come as much of a shock that this rumor was untrue. However, it's still unclear if the Blu-ray will include any deleted scenes, namely the footage Hemming outlined in the GQ interview. Given that Nolan has never included much of anything in this department, it's also not likely. But again, we'll know more when Warner Home Entertainment makes an official announcement, presumably in the next month or so. Hopefully sooner.