Rumor: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Blu-ray Has Director’s Cut with 30 Extra Minutes and Bane’s Origin

     September 5, 2012


Given the economic way he shoots and scripts his projects, Christopher Nolan doesn’t bother with deleted scenes.  The Dark Knight Rises was a whopping 2 hours and 45 minutes, so it is hard to believe that anything was left on the cutting room floor.  However, Nuke the Fridge hears different.  Their sources say that there will be a director’s cut on the Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray that includes Bane’s origin and more screentime for Ra’s Al Ghul.  This would reportedly add about 30 minutes to the film, pushing it well over three hours.

Treat this as a rumor for now, but it would coincide with previous talk about possible deleted scenes.  Hit the jump for more.

This rumor comes to us via Nuke the Fridge, who points to costume designer Lindy Hemming’s previous statements regarding a Bane flashback that she assumed had made the final cut:


“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.”

Nolan is the effective spokesperson of IMAX.  One downside to his love of the format is the time limitation, and that 165-minute runtime pushes right up against the limit of what can fit on 70mm IMAX prints.  So there is a plausible reason for this to be the one Nolan film that could not fit every scene he wanted.

Just because it could be true doesn’t mean it is.  But there is an opening for your fantasies of more Nolan-directed Batman footage.  I certainly wouldn’t say no to more Tom Hardy and Liam Neeson.


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  • Yurine

    I wanna know when it comes out on blu-ray!!! D<

    • Christian


  • Northern Star

    Don’t believe this until it’s officially confirmed, Chris Nolan doesn’t release versions different from the theatrical cut, besides he had final cut on ‘…Rises’ so why would he release a different version now… unless Warner Bros is putting out a new version against Nolan’s wishes!?

    • Mr_Mercury

      I am not going to believe this until WB makes an official announcement, but it is plausible. It has already been announced that the 165 min filled the entire IMAX film platter, there was literally no more room for footage. So even if he had final cut he can’t just decide to change the way the IMAX projectors work… Next time read the ENTIRE article.

    • Josh

      he did release a director’s cut of memento, and anyone who has seen TDKR could tell that a lot was left on the cutting room floor just to keep the run time from under 3 hrs

  • dogg

    How about 30 minutes of freakin’ Batman. That would add something to this movie.

  • Migzter13

    Oh yes PLEASE!!

    I just wanna buy the blu-ray trilogy when it hits stores!

    Though for some reason, I don’t wanna raise my hopes up that high for an extensive amount of deleted scenes or a ‘director’s cut’. Nolan isn’t actually known to add frills in his home video collaterals.

  • Alan

    This could be confirmed by actually reading the frickin’ script: there is no way that there will be director’s cut. The script does not include any other substantial scenes, just a few bits of cut dialogue. If anyone, it is the Tom Conti role that features the most cuts. It should shame reporters to write such nonsense, and shame commentators like Brendan Bettinger for not doing the bare minimum of research before posting such garbage.

    • Jay McKels

      Liar… Everyone knows Nolan doesn’t work off scripts, he freestyles his films off the top, and just gives his brother writing credits coz he made a promise to his dying grandfather that he’d support the family. The real reason he films IMAX is coz the noisy cameras help him focus his mind on set and come up with story arcs… If Zack Snyder could do the same Watchmen would’ve been as good as TDK, instead he worked off a script and relied on slow motion to make the runtime longer, without slow motion Watchmen only runs at 47mins and Sucker Punch only runs at 19mins.

      • eh?


      • tarek

        So true… We will see Superman flying in slow Motion.
        what a boring scene!

    • stove

      most of the time, the shooting script (the one written for making the movie) differs from the public and published one (you know, nice glossy cover, movie poster on the front) because the script is usually taken from the finished film, sometimes written after the fact even. It’s a shame, but Nolan hasn’t released his shooting script or else that’d be news as well, surely.

  • Strong Enough

    So Nolan might give me more reason for me to love this film? Is that possible? I think so!

    Bring it on!

  • Jahanzeb

    Will be the best rumor of my life if it comes true. A Nolan director’s cut…. and that for TDKR.. what else do I ever need.

  • cloud720

    If this is true, WB could squeeze out another 100 million at the box office by re-releasing the movie.
    Even if they were satisfied with just the DVD numbers, I can’t see this being on the first DVD release.

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  • BeanBag

    This story is false and you know it.

  • wildcatz

    I’m holding off for the 90 minute Producer’s Cut.

  • HE1NZ

    The Dark Knight Rises is a crappy film. So I guess maybe director’s cut might fix it.

    • Trollin

      So I guess it matches your life story huh pal? Enjoy being in the vast minority you basement dwelling troll!

    • tarek

      I love crappy movies ! Show me the crap Nolan!!

  • tom

    as much as i would love for this to be true, it probably isn’t. Nolan doesn’t totally cut scenes, he just shaves them. i remember an image of Heath Ledger as the Joker being released before TDK came out and then that image not making it into the movie. then i got the script for TDK as a gift and after reading it i figured out where that image had to have come from. it was just something little and fairly unimportant. that’s the way it is with all of Nolan’s movies. the scene remains in the movie, but maybe some here or something there is just shaved off. the Bane origin would be cool (since at the end we realize we know next to nothing about Bane, it was all back story for Talia), but certainly not necessary. i’m taking this with a Bane-sized grain of salt for now…

  • kemo517

    I agree his death scene was a let down and that he was weeping was a bit too much for the Brute that he was pumped up to be. I wanted Batman to Crush the life out of an unrepentant Bane as Bane did to Batman earlier, and rather have Selina/Catwomen take down Talia. I’ll welcome any additional footage but not holding my breath

    • Strong Enough

      so you wanted Batman to beat him to Death? Batman would never do that lmao

    • Grayden

      What a completely unoriginal and cliche way to end the movie.

      Now I see why Nolan doesn’t make bad movies: He doesn’t do what most filmgoers would expect him to do!

  • Person

    There’s no way this is happening. Nolan has never done deleted scenes. He either doesn’t like them or WB wants to release them all on the super deluxe Dark Knight Trilogy box set. I’m sure there’s plenty of deleted material for TDKR — you could tell while watching it that there’s a bunch of stuff that got cut out. I’d love to see a longer cut, but I highly highly doubt it.

  • junierizzle

    I don’t need anymore new footage. Just take out Matthew Modine’s scenes and I’m good.

  • Roland Deschain

    This would be awesome if true, but the movie’s already great so it its not a big deal if it turns out to be false.

  • paul tracy

    I wish the rumor was that 30 – 45 minutes had been cut from film.

    ~ p

  • common sense

    Could a director’s cut make the film not unequivocally suck balls? I think not.

  • Chad

    IF the rumor is true, then I think Nolan should cut the best movie possible (which in this case, he didn’t), not the one that “fits” on an IMAX platter.

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  • Chris138

    Well, considering Nolan’s past for not doing director’s cuts I happen to find this rumor a bit hard to believe. I always felt that an extended version could possibly improve the film in some areas, especially in terms of character development and relationships (mostly the romantic one between Bruce and Miranda, which was frustratingly underdeveloped). But more scenes with Bane and Ra’s al Ghul would be unnecessary, in my opinion. Regardless, this movie got better for me upon a second viewing so I’m looking forward to whenever it comes out on home video. currently has it slated for December 7th, which would make sense since that is around the same time that The Dark Knight and Inception were released on the format.

  • murdernexxus

    what abou the memento dvd? it has a feature to watch the movie in reverse. dont pretend to know what Nolan is doing..remember the lazarus pit in rises? neither do i..

  • jasperwolf

    So, in Nolan’s world Batman exists for about ten years, fights about six people and then dies, or not. That is not the Batman of comics, but the man of Nolan’s imagination. “Well now, I’ve killed Batman as planned. What’s next? Hmm…I am producing Superman…” His final Batman movie went nowhere for three hours. We need 30 more minutes of nothing worth watching?

  • calvincrack

    i’ve got to admit, in my professional opinion as a random internet commenter i believe this one is true. i don’t think that we’re guaranteed a “director’s cut”, but i think these scenes will see the light of day.

  • Josh

    he did release a director\’s cut of memento, and anyone who has seen TDKR could tell that a lot was left on the cutting room floor just to keep the run time from under 3 hrs

  • Josh

    he did release a director\\\’s cut of memento, and anyone who has seen TDKR could tell that a lot was left on the cutting room floor just to keep the run time from under 3 hrs

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  • foooku

    batman is the shizz, forget what any of yall say!! BOoOM!!!!

    Random post cuz I give no Shiz