CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S REPS: “NO DARK KNIGHT RISES DIRECTOR’S CUT FOR YOU!”
Oh, the Interwebs, how they amuse me sometimes. A rumor that didn’t have much credibility behind it, which originated from a snippet of information pulled out of a story about Bane’s back scarring I ran here last month, spread like wildfire through the geek blogosphere in the last few weeks. Nuke the Fridge ran an article that claimed a director’s cut of Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises was in the works, and that it would include sequences of Bane’s origin that were deleted from the final cut.
They cited the comments regarding Bane’s chest piece and back scarring by costume designer Lindy Hemming, and the fact that Nolan could only make the film 165 minutes long to ensure that it would fit onto the IMAX format as proof that the director’s cut was imminent. In a follow-up story, the site stated that the “director’s cut” of TDKR would be 30 minutes longer, and would hit Blu-ray sometime in June, just ahead of Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel .
These rumors were dashed to bits by Nolan’s representatives today, as they confirmed to The Playlist that no director’s cut is in the works, or planned at all. This news sits just fine with me. I wasn’t really clamoring for a longer cut of a film that was already a bit bloated. I’d love to see the Bane scenes restored to the film though, and if Nolan wanted to do that and still keep it at 165 minutes, all he would have to do is cut out every scene involving Matthew Modine’s character and Catwoman’s blonde sidekick. I’ve seen bags of potato chips inserted as product placement in movies that had more relevance to the plot than these two.