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


Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Movie Image

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.

Tom Hardy and Christian Bale in the Dark Knight Rises (2012) Movie Image

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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  • astr

    Not sure how everyone else would feel but subtitles wouldn’t be bad.

  • Dedpool

    I understood him pretty well. Hopefully Nolan will do a lil cleanup with the audio, though there is talk he may not because he thinks it will take away from the experience.

  • X_p

    he sounds terrible just like batman and his own stupid voice. nolan may know drama but he doesnt know voice acting at all.

    • Dedpool

      Bale’s batman didn’t sound that bad in Begins, but I don’t know what he was doing in “The Dark Knight.” Definitely needs to tone that back.

  • Lexavi80

    I also understood Bane in the trailer, however I must add that I was using earplugs when I saw it the first time. In the evening, when I show the trailer to my brother, we use speakers, and it was very difficult to understand him.

    I agree Nolan should clean up a bit Bane’s voice. A true villain is not only about his ass kicking skills but also about his speech (voice, tone, etc)

  • RL

    I believe bane said “when Gotham is ashes (pause)… you have my permission to die.”

    Wow. Bone chilling!

  • Tin Hoang

    Actually, Tom Hardy’s delivery in Warrior was kind of hard to hear as well in some parts.

  • Eric Bergeron

    If you’ve watched Startrek Nemesis, Tom Hardy is hard to understand as well some time … like his tongue is too big for his mouth …

  • Tayeewei

    “when Gotham burned to ashes…you’ll have my permission to die…”

    I heard this..:)

    • Dedpool

      Epic line right?!

      Sent on the go!

  • MilkGOD

    I watched the 8 mins of it at the IMAX theater and honestly I couldn’t understand anything!