It’s possible that this information might have been revealed at a later date, perhaps as an incentive to buy The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray with all the extra features thrown in, but an interview with costume designer Lindy Hemming has revealed an explanation for Bane’s costume that was cut from the film. With a running time of nearly three hours, perhaps the last thing that the film needed was extra backstory for its villain, but footage of scenes from Bane’s youth is out there and may resurface at some point.
When interviewed by GQ, Hemming had not yet seen the film but was certain the scenes must have been kept in, and had this to say about Bane’s origin scenes:
There were two things about his clothes. The first thing is that they should be pretty undefined in date and where they came from, other than perhaps north of Asia.
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.
The interviewer then explained that the scene had been cut, and Hemming expressed surprise and disappointment.
Well that’s an awful shame, but 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.
Of course, the Bane origin story is already known to those who read Vengeance of Bane, and is freely available to those capable of using Wikipedia. Whether the decision to cut the scenes was advantageous to the film or not is probably a matter of opinion.
Oh, and Warner Bros? This is why you should give your crew members tickets to early screenings.