Did you ever wonder about the real origin story of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises? The film's costume designer says it was filmed but didn't make the final cut. *Warning: spoilers to follow!*
One thing that's been consistent about all three of director Christopher Nolan's Bat-movies is the lack of a fully detailed origin story for his primary villains: Ra's al Ghul, the Joker and Bane all have backstories ranging from murky to nonexistent (we think we're seeing Bane's origin at one point, but it's actually that of Talia al Ghul).
In a new interview with GQ, however, costume designer Lindy Hemmings—who's worked on all three films—alludes to a prison sequence in The Dark Knight Rises in which we see how a much younger Bane got the injuries we glimpse in the movie:
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.
Asked if she's referring to the scene that's in the film now, where we see Bane with bandages wrapped around his head, Hemmings—who had not seen the finished picture at the time of the interview—continues:
Well, 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.
Told that the scene was apparently excised, Hemmings adds:
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.
There you have it. An origin for Bane was filmed and then dropped. Would you have wanted to see that sequence, or does Bane work better with a sketchier background? And what else was filmed and then cut from the final film?
We probably have to wait for the Blu-ray release to find out ...