Christopher Nolan actually filmed a scene that would have explained Bane’s backstory to us, but when the time came, opted to leave it out of The Dark Knight Rises. In a recent interview with the film’s costume designer, she revealed that there was flashback footage that would have probably provided us with a better understanding of Tom Hardy‘s villainous character.
Costume designer Lindy Hemming recently sat down with GQ to talk about her work on TDKR and gave an explanation for Bane’s costume that isn’t seen in the film. Here’s what she said:
“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.”
Unfortunately, Hemming hadn’t watched the movie yet to know that that scene she was talking about was cut. When the interviewer made her aware of this, she said:
“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.”
Nolan made the right choice when he decided to cut this sequence from the final product. Sure it would have been cool to see Bane’s backstory, and would have definitely made for some cool visuals, but that would have compromised the mystery of prison child. Obviously if you’ve read the comics you know who’s who without any type of origin story. But for those of us who hadn’t/don’t read the comics, the identity of the child who escaped prison was a mystery and total shocker.
Below we have some concept art by Sebastian Lockmann, who shared some early designs of Bane’s back scarring. Though Bane does have some scars in TDKR, they aren’t as severe as this:
What do you think? Would you have wanted to see Bane’s backstory onscreen?