Untrue: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Prologue Now Has a New Audio Mix
Before the end of 2011, the six-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises exploded onto select IMAX screens with copies of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and while the footage itself was a treat for fans, one part of it wasn't received so well. Many audience members loudly complained about having trouble understanding the lines coming from the sequel's new villain, Bane, played by Tom Hardy. The issue apparently had Warner Bros. insiders quite worried about the effect it might have on the film. Christopher Nolan said audio changes would be minimal, but it appears action has already been taken to fix the issue.
Our friends at Collider
received word from an anonymous source that a new audio mix for the prologue was sent to IMAX theaters. However, that original story has been confirmed as being untrue, updated below.
Update Jan 6th: The story has been debunked and according to WB there is no audio mix or update yet. Collider states: "After speaking with Warner Bros. and IMAX, it appears our story was wrong and I’ve taken down the article as a result of my conversations." There you go, we'll let you know if we hear more from WB.
So if this all turns out to be true (there's been no official confirmation just yet, so this is just a rumor at this point) it doesn't really sound like Bane's voice has been altered, but rather the rest of the audio mix has been adjusted to allow for less interference with Bane's lines, something that was an issue in the context of the scene for sure. As the source says, Bane's dialogue has been made clearer by about, "40-50%, because he's no longer being overpowered by the background noise that drowned him out before.” To be fair, that plane was pretty loud, so maybe that was one of the large issues this whole time. Of course, we'll find out as more trailers come out, and finally when the film hits theaters this summer on July 20th, 2012. Thoughts?