Batman's Bane driven by bullying

Kingston Guardian: Tom Hardy stars in the Dark Knight Rises Tom Hardy stars in the Dark Knight Rises

Batman villain Bane was turned against the world because he was bullied as a child, it has been revealed.

Deleted scenes from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises gave a back story to the superhuman terrorist played by Tom Hardy, that may have made audiences sympathise with him.

Costume designer Lindy Hemming revealed to GQ magazine a flashback scene explained how he was injured and came to wear the mask.

She said: "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.

"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."

After Lindy was told the scene had been cut from the final edit, she added: "Well that's an awful shame, but I suppose you have to cut things, I won't elaborate on it too much, because it isn't in the film, but there was another section that showed you why he had the mask and where it came from."

The DVD releases of Christopher Nolan's previous films in the trilogy, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight have not included any deleted scenes.

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