In a recent interview with GQ, The Dark Knight Rises costume designer Lindy Hemming discussed some scenes director Christopher Nolan shot with Tom Hardy's Bane that get into the character's origins more than seen on screen in the finished film. That's about as far as you can get in this story without wandering into SPOILER TERRITORY, so consider yourself warned.
Between answering questions about Bane's choice in jackets and which designer Alfred Pennyworth favors, Hemming (who has not yet seen the film) discussed some of the finer points of Bane's look and the scenes shot to convey where they came from.
"The other thing that you should have seen during that sequence is him being injured in his youth," Hemming said. "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."
Those of you who have seen the film will remember that viewers were tricked into thinking Bane had one origin, but wound up with another. According to Hemming, more scenes were shot of Bane's actual origin.
"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," Hemming said. "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."
Clearly that last part was cut from the film, which Hemming called a shame, but also said it showed why he wears the mask. Perhaps fans will be able to see some of these scenes when the film finally comes out on DVD and Blu-ray.