When The Dark Knight Rises DVD and Blu-ray were officially announced a couple days ago, some fans were disappointed that the extras listed didn’t appear to contain any deleted scenes. Ever since news leaked out that there was a Bane origin scene that didn’t make the final cut, fans have been speculating and hoping to see that scene and possible other deleted scenes.
In the official list of extras for The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray and DVD, there is nothing that is described as deleted scenes. However, there is still hope, as some of the bonus extras are a little vague as to what they include. The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray contains an extra called “Ending The Knight,” which promises to offer a comprehensive look into how Director Christopher Nolan and his production team made The Dark Knight Rises.
Could some of the seventeen featurettes in this section include deleted scenes? There is a section that Warner Bros. lists under the category of Characters that includes The Journey of Bruce Wayne, Gotham’s Reckoning, and A Girls Gotta Eat. Assuming the Gotham’s Reckoning featurette focuses on Bane, it seems like it might be a good place to include the deleted scene of Bane’s origin. There could also be other deleted scenes that we don’t even know about included in some of the other featurettes.
Even if all the featurettes wind up being just behind the scenes and previously shown footage, there are some other possibilities for deleted scenes surfacing. There will be a free The Dark Knight rises app which will include bonus content that includes making of featurettes. It’s possible some of those making of featurettes could include deleted scenes.
If neither the Blu-ray or app featurettes reveal deleted scenes, there is yet still one more possibility. Warner Bros is also releasing The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset, which includes all three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. While this initial release will apparently include the same Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray or DVD that is being released individually, there is another very interesting revelation in a recent Warner Bros. press release.
In 2013, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector's Edition. So what will the Ultimate Collector’s Edition include that the Limited Edition Giftsets don’t include? Could it be Warner Bros. is saving the deleted scenes for the Ultimate Collector’s Edition?