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While 'The Dark Knight Rises' was one of the most anticipated movies of 2012, the reception to the film was quite divisive. Whether you liked the final chapter of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy or not, it's clear that it was nowhere near as well-received as his first two outings. But how much of the perceived plot incongruity and lacking character development was a result of the script and how much was a product of the editing? Well it looks like we'll get a chance to find that out when 'The Dark Knight Rises' hits DVD and Blu-ray. The home release a director's cut that will, according to reports, include 30 minutes of previously unseen footage. The extra scenes will purportedly dig more deeply into Bane's backstory, including how he learned to fight, and feature more screen time for Ra's Al Ghul (Liam Neeson).
Why is this newsworthy? Christopher Nolan has never before released a director's cut of any of his films. I'm not sure if that is due to the fact that he is ardently against them on principle, or if he simply doesn't cut much from most of his movies. The knee-jerk reaction here will be to assume that doing a director's cut on 'The Dark Knight Rises,' is Nolan's admission that the film was sub-par. There are so many possible reasons that this is his first director's cut. It could be nothing more than Warner Brothers realizing that this is the Blu-ray is the last ounce of Bat bank they will be able to squeeze out of Nolan and therefore put an exorbitant amount of pressure on him to make the home release even more of a draw for buyers. Regardless of the reason, I am incredibly excited to see the new footage. I am in the camp of those who loved 'The Dark Knight Rises,' but I also recognize it has more than its fair share of problems. It'll be interesting to see if this rumored director's cut smooths over any of the film's rougher story elements.
What do you guys think? Should Nolan do a director's cut? If he is definitely doing one, what do you suppose is his motivation?
Source: Nuke The Fridge