RISING HERO Christian Bale returns in The Dark Knight Rises
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Maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to find out just what Bane meant when he said, “You only adopted the dark; I was born in it.” (Or, more accurately, “rawrrkkkssofffflll bbrrooddmmmm.”)

Rumors are circulating on the internet that the Blu-ray release of The Dark Knight Rises could include an extended director’s cut. Alleged to run a full 30 minutes longer than the 165-minute theatrical cut, the extended version is said to feature scenes depicting Bane’s origin and more screen time for Liam Neeson’s Ra’s Al Ghul.

Here’s why we’re skeptical:

1. It’s a rumor. On the internet.

2. Nolan has never released extended director’s cuts of any of his other feature films.

3. As a perfectionist, it’s unlikely that Nolan gave the OK to a truncated or incomplete film for wide release.

Oh, but how little faith have we! If there’s any validity to the claim, it would be a momentous day for fans of the Dark Knight Trilogy. Here’s why we’re pumped:

1. I am dying to find out where in God’s name Bane came from (and what kind of protein supplements he’s mainlining).

2. Given that IMAX projectors could barely handle the weight of the film reels, it’s possible that Nolan cut some material to accommodate the theaters’ limitations.

3. Costume designer Lindy Hemming confirmed that some of these scenes were in fact shot and not used.

4. This movie could be six hours long and people would still watch it.

In truth, there’s every likelihood that these are merely idle whisperings; sound and fury, as it were, signifying disappointed Batman addicts. But should the rumors be confirmed — just look at the success of the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy — The Dark Knight Rises might be able to accomplish on DVD what it failed to do in theaters: outsell The Avengers.

Do you think the claim holds water? Would you sleep on the sidewalk for a week to get your hands on a copy? Let us know in the comments.

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