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Even though it has been nearly two months since Christopher Nolan’s finale to his “Dark Knight” trilogy blew fans away and broke records, “The Dark Knight Rises” has once again managed to grab headlines. The latest word about the future of Batman concerns the eventual home video release, which one site claims will include an even longer director’s cut.
An extra 30 minutes will reportedly be added to the Blu-ray release of “The Dark Knight Rises” this year, sources inside Warner Brothers told Nuke the Fridge. The sources even go on to specify what will be included.
“It’s going to include Bane’s origin plus a bit more screentime for Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson), which were omitted from the current theatrical cut of the movie…. We will be able to see how Bane learns to fight plus more scenes involving Ra’s al Ghul,” the site claims, before going on to categorize all of this as a rumor.
“The Dark Knight Rises” rumors are not a new concept, but we’re considering this one particularly dubious for a number of reasons.
Nolan Doesn’t Do Director’s Cuts
If you know anything about Nolan works as a director, you’re familiar with his perfectionism. Every shot is meticulously planned and the blueprint of the film decided long before anything is actually shot. The director has never done a director’s cut for a DVD before, and he seems unlikely he would do one now. While we’ve heard talk from crew members of extra scenes, including Bane’s origin, Nolan told MTV News previously that a longer cut or deleted scenes wouldn’t happen.
“No, there’s nothing, maybe because I’m a writer-director,” Nolan said. “I work with my brother, Jonah, on the screenplays, but I tend to do the last drafts myself…. I tend to try to weed things out on paper because it’s crazy expensive to shoot things that aren’t going to be in the film, but also because it takes a lot of time and energy. With all my films, there are very few deleted scenes, which always disappoints the DVD crowd.”
None of the Described Scenes Are Necessary
What else does the hallucinated visage of Ra’s al Ghul have to say? Does it really matter how Bane learned to fight? The short answer for both of those questions is “nothing.” If a longer version of Bane’s origin does exist, it couldn’t possibly add that much to the character, and Ra’s served his purpose in the finished film. With Nolan as controlling as he is of films, adding such unnecessary scenes to an already lengthy movie seems distinctly out of character.
Wasn’t “Dark Knight Rises” Good/Long Enough?
After you spend two hours and 45 minutes watching a thrilling conclusion to a trilogy that has entertained you for the past seven years, asking for another 30 minutes seems kind of greedy. While we wouldn’t exactly turn down the opportunity to see additional Batman scenes shot by Christopher Nolan, the director made a conscious effort to put a period at the end of the series, one that frankly left us pretty damn satisfied.
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