Bad news, Batfans. Last week we reported on a rumor that Christopher Nolan was planning on including a director’s cut of The Dark Knight Rises on the film’s Blu-ray with 30 extra minutes including an extended origin story for Bane. We cautioned readers to take the news with a grain of salt at the time; Nolan just doesn’t do director’s cuts and rarely even releases deleted scenes. Now it’s been confirmed that no such director’s cut exists or is planned for the home video release of the film, so the 165-minute cut of The Dark Knight Rises is the only version of the film we’re likely to ever see.
Hit the jump for more on the matter.
The folks over at The Playlist confirmed the non-existence of said director’s cut with Nolan’s reps, so this time the info is solid. The news isn’t exactly shocking, but it would have been nice to see what made the cutting room floor. Brendan noted earlier that Nolan was constrained by the limits of how much film can fit on the 70mm IMAX reels with The Dark Knight Rises (the film IMAX cuts ran without previews and with an abbreviated Warner Bros. logo just so the movie could fit), so there was likely at least some footage that Nolan discarded.
Costume designer Lindy Hemming previously described a Bane flashback that showed the character in a more primitive version of his mask chained up and being attacked by a group of people—likely in that prison hole. Alas, that’s unlikely to see the light of day, but were we really expecting Nolan to include some significant new footage on the Blu-ray that couldn’t be presented in the director’s preferred IMAX format?