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The Dark Knight’s ‘Bane Problem’: Nolan Plans Slight Sound Changes

by  in Comic News, Movie News Comment

Despite complaints that Tom Hardy’s Bane is difficult to understand in the new trailer and extended prologue for The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan apparently plans only slight changes to the sound.

Issues with Bane’s dialogue became apparent nearly two weeks ago during a press screening of the movie’s six-minute opening sequence and then were amplified online, where transcripts even circulated to help confounded viewers. Citing unnamed sources, Heat Vision reports that while Warner Bros. is aware of “the Bane problem” — a spokesperson even assured CBR News the Dec. 8 screening didn’t contain the final audio mix — and would like Nolan to make adjustments. However, the director has told executives he doesn’t plan a major rework.

“Chris wants the audience to catch up and participate rather than push everything at them. He doesn’t dumb things down,” an unnamed executive tells The Hollywood Reporter blog. “You’ve got to pedal faster to keep up.”

Nolan himself admitted as much to the trade paper earlier this month, acknowledging that between the mask and Hardy’s accent, some of Bane’s lines were made unintelligible. He seemed to shrug off the issue, saying that visuals are as important to storytelling as dialogue: “Otherwise, it’s just a radio play.”

Opening July 20, The Dark Knight Rises also stars Christian Bale as Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.