Can’t Understand a Single Thing Bane is Saying in The Dark Knight Rises Trailer and Prologue? Join the Club.

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Apparently lots and lots of people can’t quite understand what the man who, in the comic books, broke the bat is saying in the 7-minute IMAX prologue, as well as the recently released theatrical trailer (below in case you missed all the hullabaloo yesterday). Suits at Warner Bros. were quick to hear of this “issue”, and THR reports that they’ve asked director Christopher Nolan to help make Bane’s dialogue easier to understand.

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Haha, come to me, Batman, I will garble-garble-garble you!


Sources also say some at Warners would like Nolan to change the sound mix, but the filmmaker, whose autonomy is well-earned (his Inception earned the studio more than $800 million and two Oscar nominations), has informed executives that he plans only to alter the sound slightly, not to rework it completely.

“Chris wants the audience to catch up and participate rather than push everything at them. He doesn’t dumb things down,” says one high-level exec, declining to be named. “You’ve got to pedal faster to keep up.”

I suspect it’s not a question of “dumbing down” the movie, but, you know, just making the main villain’s dialogue, well, audible. I, like many people, had to watch the trailer a couple of times to actually understand what Bane is telling Batman during that crucial scene between the two two-thirds of the way in.

But don’t fret, kids. Apparently Nolan is still in the middle of editing the film, and won’t have a finished print to show the masses until at least two months from now. That’s more than enough time to spend a day or two re-working Bane’s dialogues. Or get Tom Hardy back in a studio and re-record his lines. I don’t really see Nolan being strident about something so obvious.

“The Dark Knight Rises”, starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Nestor Carbonell, rises July 20, 2012.

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