Bane’s Dialogue Cleaned Up, Not Reworked

(Written for HeyUGuys)

When some fans were treated to a six-minute prologue of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises on select IMAX screens last month, the thing that got people talking the most about was that Bane’s (Tom Hardy) dialogue was very hard to understand.

However, Nolan recently commented that he had no plans to rework Bane’s dialogue, despite the fact that complaint was universal and that fans seemed to be very concerned about the matter. He said he wasn’t opposed to “altering the sounds slightly” but he refused to “rework it completely.”

A source has now told Collider that Warner Bros. has sent out a new audio mix for The Dark Knight Rises prologue to IMAX theaters. But the dialogue hasn’t been reworked as was original reported, it has only been slightly cleaned up to make Bane’s dialogue much easier to understand.

The source said: “A friend of mine who is an IMAX projectionist told me they received a new soundtrack for the Dark Knight Rises prologue. He said it’s now a combo soundtrack with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but the cool thing about this is that they’ve cleaned up the dialogue. They’ve gone in and lowered the background noise of the plane and other things, thus making Bane’s dialogue clearer and more understandable. He asked some people after they left the movie if they could understand Bane and they all said they had no issue understanding him, and were excited for the movie.”

So Nolan seems to be sticking to his original statement saying that he will not be reworking Bane’s dialogue, but at least he’s done something to the help the audience enjoy the film without having to concentrate solely on trying to decipher Bane’s muffled words.

When asked how much clearer Bane’s dialogue is now compared to when we first heard it, the source said: “40-50%, because he’s no longer being overpowered by the background noise that drowned him out before.”

The Dark Knight Rises also stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman, and is set to be released on 20th July.

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  1. I’m just wondering how it feels to be a Journalism student there. Actually, it’s only my first year on taking this course up. I think you know a lot when it comes to Journalism. So how about sharing them, is it alright? 😛


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      2. Well all of the work I have done is on here, as well as the work placements I have been on. Now I’m in my final year so I’m doing my dissertation. What else would you like to know? I’m from the UK but I write for a website in America so some of my writing does have that focus.


  2. So you’re now a graduating student? That’s so nice. But, by the way did you think that I am an American? Sorry, I’m not. i’m from the Philippines, wherein the world considers as the one of the most dangerous place for Journalists.


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