‘Dark Knight Rises’ Extended Cut?

‘Dark Knight Rises’ Extended Cut?
Slash Film

This much we know to be true. Christopher Nolan cut things out of The Dark Knight Rises to reach its final 165-minute running time. We also know Nolan is something of a perfectionist. So, with that knowledge, we present a rumor currently circling the Internet. One website reports that when The Dark Knight Rises hits Blu-ray later this year, it’ll feature a “director’s cut” which will include not only Bane’s origin (something costume designer Lindy Hemming confirmed was shot) but other deleted scenes edited back into the film, including some with Ra’s Al Ghul.

I really hope not. I would not want this film to be any loner than it was. And furthermore:

A few things strike me about this rumor. First of all, the site refers to the spies as “reliable” but then finishes the piece by saying “Until I see the Blu-ray I’m treating this as a rumor.” That doesn’t exactly inspire confidence but could just mean Warner Bros. hasn’t decided yet. Second, Nolan has never re-edited extra footage into his previous films once they hit DVD. Finally, though we do know at least one of those scenes exists, all were obviously cut for a reason. If anything, maybe Warners would double dip and release a second version down the road with new footage. Either way, it seems pretty unlikely the crusader for classic shooting on film would release a theatrical product that wasn’t already his “director’s cut.”

Yeah, I hope not and I think not. It doesn’t seem like a Nolan thing to do.