The Dark Knight Rises Has A Deleted Scene So Violent It Would Have Changed Its Rating

Christopher Nolan cut a death scene from The Dark Knight Rises so “sickening” that the movie would have been rated NC-17 if it were included.

The Batman franchise has been rebooted on the big screen time and time again, and everyone will have their favorite iteration. Whether it be Michael Keaton’s portrayal, the often criticized Batman & Robin featuring George Clooney, or perhaps Ben Affleck’s take on the character as a part of The Justice League.

It’s probably fair to assume that a lot of people would opt for The Dark Knight trilogy of movies in which Christian Bale played Batman. The movies featured Tom Hardy as Bane and an iconic performance from Heath Ledger as The Joker. Speaking of Bane and the movie in which he appeared, The Dark Knight Rises, his on-screen death was almost followed up by an even more shocking one.

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Matthew Modine revealed as much during an appearance on CinemaBlend’s ReelBlend podcast. Modine plays Deputy Police Commissioner Peter Foley in the movie, a character who meets his untimely demise towards the end. However, Foley’s death was originally intended to be far more graphic. That wound up being the exact reason why his death actually wound up taking place off-screen.

“[Christopher 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,” Modine explained. Following the death of Bane, Modine’s character is hit by a vehicle being driven by Talia al Ghul. In the movie, it cuts away and then cuts back to show him dead. The original intention was to show Foley beong thrown in the air, only to come crashing down in what was a “sickening” death.

“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,” Modine described, speaking about his stunt double. He recalls looking over at Nolan at the time and his face was white. Unsurprising that the director decided to leave the scene out of the final cut.

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