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In the epic conclusion to the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy played the role of the masked villain, Bane, who wreaks havoc on the city of Gotham. Despite the film’s two and a half hour run time, some scenes which explain Bane’s tragic past and his development into the monster out to destroy Batman were cut.
The Dark Knight Rises costume designer Lindy Hemming reveals to GQ Magazine that Bane’s story was longer and more nuanced in the original script, including how he first acquired his mask.
“Well, 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," he said.
Unfortunately for Hemming (and audiences), director Christopher Nolan did cut the scene. Total Film also reported that in addition to the gas mask, Bane was forced to wear a back brace because of an injury he sustained in childhood.
"The thing that you should have seen during that sequence is [Bane] being injured in his youth," says Hemming. "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."
If Bane appears a little one-dimensional on screen, Hardy may not be to blame. With a limited run time and a massive mask concealing most of his face, the British actor performed impressively in the role of Bane.