The Dark Knight Rises will not receive an extended director’s cut from Christopher Nolan when it is released on Blu-ray.
Last week (September 4) it was reported that Nolan was planning to add “around 30 minutes” of extra footage to the 164-minute movie screened in cinemas.
The new material was said to include scenes explaining the origins of Tom Hardy‘s Bane character. Last month (August), the film’s costume designer Lindy Hemming revealed that she worked on scenes showing how Bane came to wear his signature face mask and utility belt.
However, these rumours have now been scotched by a leading film industry website. According to IndieWire, “insiders close to the director” have confirmed that Nolan has no plans to make an extended cut.
Nolan is known for being stingy with deleted scenes when his films are released on DVD and Blu-Ray. Speaking when The Dark Knight Rises opened in cinemas in July, the director explained: “I tend to try and weed things out on paper because it’s crazy expensive to shoot things that aren’t going to be in the film. It also takes up a lot of time and energy. Pretty much with all my films, there are very few deleted scenes, which always disappoints the DVD crowd.”
Since its release in July (2012), The Dark Knight Rises has taken more than $1.041 billion (£650 million) worldwide, making it the 12th biggest film ever. It is expected to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray before the end of the year.