So, what was the deal with Bane’s facehugger/Goatse mask? Where did it come from? Also what was up with those scars on his back? The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t really answer those questions, or at least the version we got in theatres didn’t. According to Dark Knight costume designer Lindy Hemming, the movie originally contained a lot more “young Bane” content.
Hit the jump for Hemming’s descriptions of several cut scenes. Oh, and if you’re the last person on the planet yet to see Rises, y’know, watch out for spoilers…
“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.”
Whoops, yup, sorry Lindy, they did cut it.
“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.”
Sounds like interesting footage that probably would’ve helped clear up Bane’s somewhat murky motivations. Then again, it would’ve been even more non-Batman content in a movie that was already 2 hours and 45 minutes long and badly lacking in Batman content. I dunno, maybe they could have cut some of the copious “Joseph Gordon-Levitt looking concerned” footage in favor of actually explaining who Bane was.
Also, Bane’s back scars were originally intended to be much more gruesome…
Yikes. They should have kept the more graphic scars — when a guy has a butthole made of scar tissue on his back he doesn’t need any other motivations.