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Christopher Nolan's first cut is 4 hours long!!
I wish Nolan would leave it alone so that he can give Batman an epic end like Return of the King did in the theaters, but that's just me.
"the shot of the Joker running off into a parked SUV from Wayne's penthouse was cut out"
Dam, they REALLY should've left that one in, because the scene is retarded in the movie without that. Hell, even with it, it doesn't answer why Batman would just let him go, but at least there would be SOME kind of logical closure to what happened there.
It most likely was a time decision. Although it makes me wonder why Nolan hasn't released a director's cut of The Dark Knight or Batman Begins yet.
All very valid reasons, but with length, I don't think another minute would've hurt, especially since the resolution to that scene was the biggest head scratcher in the film for me as I was sitting in the theater.
I would've rather seen some slightly awkward pacing that at least put some kind of reasonable spin on the situation, then have it just end as abruptly and un-fulfilling as it did in the actual film. Hell, just having you mention that this additional scene was even filmed makes me feel at least some what better about it.
nolan repeatedly stated that everything we see in film is almost everything they shot. there is not 10-minutes of deleted scenes from TDK
It wouldn't make sense business wise. Theaters will want constant patrons coming in and that means more movie rooms to open up. A four hour film would simply take too much space in the sense that while it would be a crowd draw, theaters would only have maybe one-two rooms showing that and they can't kick out the other movies they're showing or they'd piss off the distributors. A two hr and half movie would allow more showing times and that in turn gets a steady flow of patrons coming in rather than have one group every four and a half hours to see the movie, leave, rewind the film, and clean up the seating area.
Hell, the original Avengers cut was 3 hours! We can only hope for a Direcotr's Cut edition.