Rumor of the day: TDKR getting 30+ extra mins in director's cut

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Dec 17, 2012

The theatrical cut of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises clocked in at just under three hours, but rumor has it we'll be seeing even more of Batman's final adventure once it hits Blu-ray and DVD.

The site Nuke the Fridge is reporting that scenes digging into Bane's (Tom Hardy) origins, plus some more Ra's al Ghul (Liam Neeson) flashbacks, will be reinserted for an ultra-long director's cut.

Here's the exact wording of their report:

"Sources have informed Nuke the Fridge that not only is a Director's Cut being developed by Warner Bros. for The Dark Knight Rises, but it's going to include Bane's origin plus a bit more screentime for Ra's Al Ghul (Liam Neeson) which were omitted from the current theatrical cut of the movie....According to our reliable spies...The new Director's Cut is said to make the film about thirty minutes longer."

So, is this one true? No clue. But Nolan typically prefers to make his theatrical cut the director's cut, and this would mark the first time he has added footage to one of his films. So it'd be a pretty major about-face from his usual approach.

But it's pretty obvious when watching the slightly choppy Dark Knight Rises theatrical version that some scenes were seemingly truncated or left on the cutting room floor to get the run time under three hours.

So if Nolan feels those extra scenes would add something to the experience, it's certainly possible.

What do you think? Would you prefer an extended cut of the film, or is it fine as is?

(/Film via Nuke the Fridge)