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Dark Knight Rises Audio Tweaked?
Update: Warners says no...

03 January 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Collider

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Dark Knight Rises Audio Tweaked?

Update: Well, fmug. New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff has tweeted: 'Warner Bros. says "no truth" to reports of new Dark Knight Rises prologue trailers going out with fixed Bane audio." Looks like we'll just have to bring ear trumpets to the film. Thanks to The Playlist for the spot.

You’ll recall that back in early December, we reported on the first screening of the Dark Knight Rises prologue currently playing in front of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol on IMAX screens. While the footage scored some glowing reviews (including our own), the first inklings of an issue began to appear, with concerns raised about Bane (Tom Hardy)’s raspy, metallic, and accented dialogue being hard to understand. Chris Nolan has said he won’t overhaul it, but now comes word that he may at least have tinkered with it to help audiences make out the big bad’s breathy pronouncements.

We’re taking Collider’s sourced story with a few grains of salt as there’s been no official word from Warner Bros. on the issue, but according to an IMAX projectionist who received an updated soundtrack for the prologue, the new audio lowers the background noise so that Bane stands out a little more, without comprising Nolan’s vision of a film that doesn’t simply shovel the plot’s ideas out at you. Still, if true, the tweak was necessary after the issue spawned a slew of 'net jokes and critical comments.

In case you’ve yet to check out the prologue, beware some spoilers ahead: the main chunk of the footage concerns a prisoner transport situation, with a CIA agent (Aidan Gillen) interrogating two hooded captives on a plane, demanding more information about Bane. Turns out one of them is the masked mauler himself, and things suddenly go very wrong for the agency… The new report mentions that the noise of the plane and the operation to disable it so Bane can escape is now lowered, so all the dialogue is clearer.

Let us know if you see the prologue and notice a change. But please – don’t leave us voicemails in Bane speak or we'll be forced to mghfgph your ghrthhhff.

The Dark Knight Rises will be out on July 20.


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Your Comments

Grrrmmmmff
I saw the prologue online the day after it was announced and even though I agree it is fairly hard to hear you can make out the basis of the dialogue and where it was heading. I think that Nolan will definitely heed the calls to make it easier to hear and judging by the clearness of banes lone remark (when Gotham is ashes you have my permission to die) I refer to, that for me, was crystal clear... However, I think I will have to just stamp my feet and wait like everybody else for what I'm sure w More

Posted by Kryptonian1993 at 21:30 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

Say what?
Saw the extended trailer on Friday, couldn't make out everything Bane was saying, maybe about 40% of it. Still looks incredible though! More

Posted by Trisanddad at 14:27 on 09 January 2012 | Report This Post

Tweaked when?
Saw the prologue at the IMAX London last night and couldn't really make out what Bane was saying. If that's the tweaked version, god help us! More

Posted by sean_a_h at 20:20 on 04 January 2012 | Report This Post

Bane...
...will be so much less dramatic if he has to keep repeating his death threats More

Posted by Swedle at 10:51 on 04 January 2012 | Report This Post

I didn't have any trouble understanding Bane but
Do agree that the audio for the prologue could have used some tweaks - he was a little bit drowned out by the noises of rushing air but even then I heard him more or less ok. I'm still surprised such a big thing is being made of it but then internet groups love to jump on and sensationalise things. Personally I think the problems a lot of peope experience with hearing him are down to the sound mix at the theatres they're watching it at. I saw a bootleg copy of the prologue with laptop speake More

Posted by Marwood at 09:19 on 04 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
Hopefully it's true, I really struggled to hear what Bane was saying in the trailer, I had to listen to it twice to get a good idea, even after people had posted his lines of dialogue on the internet. I hope I don't have to go to a subtitled screening More

Posted by Hood_Man at 05:07 on 04 January 2012 | Report This Post

Glad I ain't. the only one who couldn't he jack shit at the beginning of the social network More

Posted by theonering at 17:43 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

not a massive issue
I could barely understand Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) in True Grit at some points. Yet he got an oscar nomination... More

Posted by tkarim1234 at 13:50 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

Sorry Bane mate, you're gonna have to say that again!
Saw it at the Imax in London yesterday, they need to do something as I could only make out about 25% of what Bane was saying....obviously the background noise of the plane didn't help. All in all it was a really solid scene however nowhere near as good as the introduction of the Joker in The Dark Knight. More

Posted by Bliff at 13:40 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: the curious case of mr fincher
Hear* More

Posted by markfob at 13:00 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

the curious case of mr fincher
have people forgot the club scene in 'the social network'. can hardly here but true to the situation. the prologue is a visual piece and looks great and need i mention there is about 6 full months of full post production, where everything gets tweak when the edits been done. More

Posted by markfob at 12:59 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

It was kind of muffled in the original version, but there was only one line I couldn't actually understand. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to "tweak" it though. More

Posted by Whistler at 12:59 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

Not surprised.....
Not sure exactly when they "tweaked" Bane, but I saw the preview on New Year's Eve and he was largely unintelligable then. It is something they definitely need to sort out by the time they relese the film in the summer. More

Posted by thelimeyone at 12:10 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises Audio Tweaked?
It's not even that big a change from what's been reported - when watching the prologue I thought the background mix was a large part of the reason people couldn't make out Bane's dialogue. More

Posted by Darth Marenghi at 11:33 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Bane Of Our Existence
L: BenTramer Bane is a crap villain anyway, he was in Joel Schumacher's Batman movie h noes! Batman was in Joel Schumacher's Batman movie as well! You had better get on the phone to Warner Brothers and tell them to take those two characters out of the movie. It'll be rubbish otherwise. More

Posted by coljohnmatrix at 11:28 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

It's not that bad
Having seen the prologue at the BFI IMAX, I was astounded at some of the comments and just how much they'd over-egged how 'unintelligible' Bane sounded. There was just one line I couldn't make out - and that was owed to the airborne setting. This was never going to be a big problem, the background noise just needed lowering slightly. Some even took to doing a piece on whether it was a bad idea by WB to release the prologue. In a broadsheet! More

Posted by jackmanstoletheshow at 10:11 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Bane Of Our Existence
L: BenTramer "The new audio lowers the background noise so that Bane stands out a little more, without comprising Nolan’s vision of a film that doesn’t simply shovel the plot’s ideas out at you" The ability for an audience to heari an actor's dialogue is pretty basic stuff. Forcing an audience to strain to hear dialogue doesn't compromise a director's "vision" (trite phrase), all it shows it a comtempt for the viewing public. Bane is a crap villain anyway, he was in Joel Schumacher's B More

Posted by britesparc at 09:55 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

Stupid Cardiff Odeon
"You’ll recall that back in early December, we reported on the first screening of the Dark Knight Rises prologue currently playing in front of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol on IMAX screens." Not if you watch it in Cardiff Odeon it's not. While I enjoyed the latest sunt reel from Mr Cruise I was still bitterly disappointed at not getting to see the TDKR footage. Conned! More

Posted by snowmonster at 09:43 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

The Bane Of Our Existence
"The new audio lowers the background noise so that Bane stands out a little more, without comprising Nolan’s vision of a film that doesn’t simply shovel the plot’s ideas out at you" The ability for an audience to heari an actor's dialogue is pretty basic stuff. Forcing an audience to strain to hear dialogue doesn't compromise a director's "vision" (trite phrase), all it shows it a comtempt for the viewing public. Bane is a crap villain anyway, he was in Joel More

Posted by BenTramer at 09:12 on 03 January 2012 | Report This Post

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