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It Looks Like Dark Knight Rises Won’t Get Director’s Cut After All

The version of The Dark Knight Rises that you saw in theaters is going to be the one you get on Blu-ray and DVD.

Contrary to previous rumors, The Playlist is reporting there won’t be an extended edition of Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film hitting home video anytime soon. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Nolan has never exhibited the desire to show any version of his films other than the ones that hit theaters.

The initial report claimed the Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray would include about a half an hour of additional footage featuring scenes like Bane’s origin story and more of Liam Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul. Like Zack Snyder’s Watchmen before it, a director’s cut of The Dark Knight Rises seemed like a good opportunity to fill in all the missing pieces that the finished product seemed to have.

But, alas, it was too good to be true. As Nolan has previously said, he tends not to film many scenes that end up deleted because he trims most of the fat from his movies while they are in screenplay form.

“I tend to try and weed things out on paper because it’s crazy expensive to shoot things that aren’t going to be in the film,” he told MTV News in July. “It also takes up a lot of time and energy. Pretty much with all my films, there are very few deleted scenes, which always disappoints the DVD crowd.”

Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale as Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tale, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Officer John Blake and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. No official Blu-ray/DVD release date has been announced yet.


  • Richard Casey

    GOOD. The last thing that bloated, confused mess of a film needed was more fucking footage.

  • David

    It was two hours and forty-five minutes of perfection. I wanted more perfection.

  • Glorious_Cause

     Dropping the F-bomb eh?  Do you have a small vocabulary or something?  I’ll send you a dictionary for Christmas.

    Time to grow up!

  • Dark Knife

    it was already perfect…. ly bad

  • Todd

    I’m disappointed. Will he at least give us a commentary? I don’t think he did commentary on any of his Batman films.

  • theConundrumm

    you do know the “f bomb” is in the “dictionary”..? I’ll send you a dictionary so you can look up “thesaurus”… OP makes a damn fine point though… the last thing that film needed was more fucking footage…

  • mbaldwin85

    I’m tired of all the damn hate on this movie. What gives? It is what it is. A perfect ending to the best trilogy ever. I’ve seen it 3 times and it is still amazing.

  • RunnerX13

    This is Nolan, the theatrical version was the director’s cut.

  • theConundrumm

    I don’t think he’s done commentary on any of his flicks… and as a commentary nut, I don’t really mind, he’s kinda all up there on the screen anyways… I GENERALLY don’t question any of his storytelling decisions… I don’t think there’s really much he could say, his work speaks for itself…