Chris Nolan plans audio tweak for Bane's dialogue

New mix sent to IMAX theatres for prologue

Amid the widespread excitement over last month’s double reveal of both trailer and prologue for The Dark Knight Rises, one small niggle was repeatedly mentioned by fans and critics alike: it was kind of difficult to make out what Bane was saying.

We recently reported that Nolan had no plans to tinker with Bane’s dialogue, with one Warner Brothers exec claiming, “Chris wants the audience to catch up and participate rather than push everything at them. He doesn’t dumb things down.”

However, Collider is now reporting that Nolan has performed something of an about-turn on this front, sending out a new audio mix to IMAX theatres which reportedly makes Tom Hardy’s delivery a lot easier to understand.

Instead of asking Hardy to re-record his lines, Nolan has instead tinkered with the background noise involved in some of his key scenes, most noticeably in the plane sequence which had previously made him sound nigh-on incomprehensible.

We must admit, we’re relieved by this latest development. Whilst the mask looks brilliant, and Bane’s strangulated tones are pleasingly unsettling, those positives would be redundant if the audience can’t work out head or tail of what he’s saying!

A triumph for common sense then, and one that should iron out any last lingering doubts ahead of the film's UK release on 20 July 2012. Now go and watch that trailer again!

Have you seen the prologue? If so, could you understand Bane's dialogue? Tell us, below.


    • writerdave87

      Jan 3rd 2012, 8:01

      Now if only George Lucas had given preview screenings to fans and canned all the parts of Crystal Skull they thought were c**p... oh wait... he'd have been left with no film. Good news, nice to see Nolan can take that on board.

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    • koolerking

      Jan 3rd 2012, 10:14

      Hardy wouldn't have had to re-record anything. His voice from the set wouldn't be the actual one used, he would've been in ADR to record all of it, so its already recorded completely clean and the effects are put in later.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 3rd 2012, 13:13

      Yeah writerdave87, now Lucas expects people to cough up an extra £5 for The Phantom Menace re-release, hoping everyone has forgotten what a miserable failure it is. Fat chance.

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    • trist808

      Jan 3rd 2012, 13:38

      @Hadouken76, have you seen the trailer for Star Wars: TPM yet? The 3D looks terrible, even in the trailer and that's supposed to be the finished thing. I really hope it dies on it's a**e come February half-term, coz I don't like the idea of the others being re-issued every year for the next 5 years, not even the original trilogy ... Lucas you've messed with my childhood enough, just leave it alone now, please!

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 3rd 2012, 14:03

      I never had an issue with Bane's voice but it's better to be safe than sorry.

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    • Indianabones

      Jan 3rd 2012, 17:56

      I just have an issue going to pay the extortionate price of the IMAX to see an average smug Tom Cruise in MI4 to see 6 mins of batman :(

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    • StevePotter

      Jan 3rd 2012, 22:30

      I had no problems in the trailer, but maybe the prologue was a different story.

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