While speaking in an interview with GQ, The Dark Knight Rises costume designer Lindy Hemming discussed one particular deleted scene from the film that would have slightly expanded the origin story of Bane. According to Hemming, the scene would have involved a flashback sequence where the audience would have seen Bane go through training for the League of Shadows. In addition to his training, the flashback scenes would have also further explained the purpose and backstory of Bane’s current mask as well as his unique vest and belt designs.
…the other thing that you should have seen during that [prison] 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.”
“…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.”
While we can certainly understand why Nolan decided to cut these scenes from the final version, especially considering the 164 minute runtime, it still sounds like a great sequence that could have helped flesh out Bane’s backstory and make the audiences sympathize for the character. Having said that, we do appreciate the fact that Nolan decided to NOT have the audience sympathize for the character, leaving him as a brute threat to the citizens of Gotham City without giving him too much of an origin story that probably would have drawn too many similarities to Bruce Wayne’s training sequences that we’ve seen in both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises.
Here’s hoping that Christopher Nolan allows some of this footage to surface on the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases.