There can’t be many Batman fans in the planet who have not seen The Dark Knight Rises yet, but just in case, let me warn you that this post contains MAJOR SPOILERS!!! May I suggest you only read on if you have seen the film.
In an interview with GQ, the costume designer of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Lindy Hemming, dropped a bombshell on the origins of Bane. The scene in question is not in the finished film, although having not seen the film Hemming believed the scene was, hence the open discussion about the scene. However, it is thought that this particular clip, which is vital to Bane’s story but would sadly have given away the ‘twist’ too early, may appear as a special feature on the DVD & Bluray release.
Having rescued Talia al Ghul from that God awful prison, Bane got beaten senseless and this lead to the breathing apparatus he uses in the film. Hemming revealed that the scene revealed why Bane wore the mask, and where it came from:
“So one of the fundamental things about his costume is that he has this scar from the back injury,” confirmed Hemming. “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.”
Hemming also described another scene where Bane is chained up and beaten while wearing the mask, however in the film we only get a brief glimpse of this. Hemming explains:
“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… There was another section that showed you why he had the mask and where it came from.”
By Matt Wavish