‘The Dark Knight Rises’ sliced Bane backstory scenes from final cut

Deleted scenes apparently show how the villain came to wear his infamous face mask and utility belt

Scenes cut from the final edit of The Dark Knight Rises apparently shed further light on Tom Hardy‘s Bane character.

According to the film’s costume designer Lindy Hemming, the deleted scenes show how Bane came to wear his signature face mask and utility belt. Another section offers a potential explanation for his troubled personality, showing a chained-up Bane being “taunted” and “attacked by people”.

During an interview with GQ, Hemming discussed a flashback that does not appear in the final 164-minute movie. She recalled: “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.”

Later in the interview, Hemming disclosed that another Bane backstory scene had been deleted. “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,” she revealed.

Bane’s costumes in The Dark Knight Rises have been a source of controversy amongst Batman fans. Some film-goers claim that the character’s face mask makes Tom Hardy‘s dialogue sound “muffled” and difficult to understand.