If you caught The Dark Knight Rises and found yourself wondering why there wasn’t much in the way of backstory for Tom Hardy’s villainous Bane, it’s not because they didn’t shoot those scenes – it’s because they were excised from the final version of the film.
GQ uncovered the tantalizing truth about the deleted sequences in a recent chat with costume designer Linda Hemming. Hemming, who hasn’t seen the finished film, spilled the beans about a few crucial scenes that show how Bane ends up the way he appears in the film.
“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.”
When the author informed her that the scenes weren’t in the finished film, Hemmings teased everyone even more by hinting at a sequence that showed why Bane had his mask and where it came from. Hopefully these scenes will be included as part of the extras when the film eventually hits Blu-ray…
Did You Know: That Guillermo del Toro almost directed Thor?
Meanwhile, in other comic movie news, Guillermo del Toro recently spoke with Collider and he dropped some interesting bombshells for Marvel fans.
The Hellboy filmmaker reveals that he seriously considered directing Thor before Sir Kenneth Branagh took over the project – and that he also considered tackling The Wolverine.
“Over the years, when Avi Arad was in charge of Marvel, I often had the discussions with him. I came very close to doing Thor because I really wanted to bring the Norse mythology... it's something I'm very attracted to. Create the giants and create the more fantastical version of that. But it's not like I have many meetings with studios discussing superhero movies. They come to me. Normally I pass, respectfully or not. They like it, that we have a very quick response. I was very attracted to doing The Wolverine in Japan, because that's my favorite chapter in the story of Wolverine. But I'm not a superhero guy. It's very hard for me to... it's one thing to like something and another to marry it for two, three years."
It’s interesting to envision a del Toro take on both of these franchises, particularly Thor, which seems right in his wheelhouse given the fantastical elements of Asgard. It seems unlikely that the filmmaker will helm a Marvel production any time soon, but we can cross our fingers and hope he’ll reconsider if another offer comes along.