A 'Sickening' Death Scene Was Cut From The Dark Knight Rises
A gruesome death scene was cut from The Dark Knight Rises to make sure it could get a PG-13 rating.
Although the Christopher Nolan Batman flicks had some pretty grim scenes - who could forget the Joker showing off his pencil trick in The Dark Knight? - the director wanted to ensure that when the movies were released they wouldn't have a NC-17 rating.
So, this meant that one particularly brutal death scene from the final instalment of The Dark Knight Trilogy was left on the cutting room floor.
Speaking on the Cinema Blend Reel Blend podcast, actor Matthew Modine, who played Deputy Police Commissioner Peter Foley, said: "[Nolan] cut my death scene out of Dark Knight Rises. Because he said it was so violent that it would have gotten an NC-17 rating."
He then revealed: "After Bane dies and Batman... gets stabbed, [Talia al Ghul] gets in one of those vehicles.
"She starts to drive away, and I'm shooting at her. And I got run over. All it does is, it just cuts, and I'm on the ground, dead.
"But it was so violent. The guy that was doubling me got hit by the car. They put a plexiglass thing on the front of [the car] and he got hit.
"They had ropes to pull him into the air, but he went up and they dropped him from about 15 feet, and the sound of his body hitting the cobblestone street in front of the New York Stock Exchange, it was sickening."
In fact, the scene was so grim that even Nolan himself was taken aback.
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Modine added: "I remember I looked at Christopher Nolan when we shot it and his face was white.
"He was like, 'OK, let's move on. We got that.' But it was like, 'Oh my God, is that guy going to get up? Is he okay?'
"But [Nolan] said that if he would have put it in the movie, it would've got an NC-17 rating because it was so violent."
The DC franchise is getting another reboot, this time with Robert Pattinson as the titular superhero.
Actor Andy Serkis, who will play butler Alfred Pennyworth, recently hinted to LADbible that the new movie could be the darkest Batman yet.
When asked whether fans were right to expect a 'darker, broodier' Batman, the Lord of The Rings star said: "I would say that's not far from the truth.
"It's very much about the emotional connection between Alfred and Bruce. That's really at the centre of it. And it is a really exquisite script that Matt has written."
The Batman currently has a release date of 1 October 2021.
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