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Untrue: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Prologue Now Has a New Audio Mix

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January 3, 2012
Source: Collider

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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?

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  • DAVIDPD
    Nolan caved. Not surprised. It'll be better for everyone.
    • Jedi
      It doesn't sound like Nolan caved at all.  He didn't alter the actual voice, just cleaned up the background noises so that Bane's voice was easier to hear.  It sounds like a great compromise without having to infringe on his artistic representation of the character.  Nicely played, Mr. Nolan.
    • Eli
      Dude do you understand how movies are made? Filmmakers make hundreds of changes in post production to any given movie, based on feedback from audiences and focus groups. Americans are stupid, we can't even understand dialogue that's slightly accented.  We complained like crazy, WB made changes to make the dialogue more understandable to the retards that inhabit the USA today.  That's hardly caving.
    • John
      If Nolan did not want to change the sound mix at all, then by doing so he definitely "caved" to WB. However, the more likely scenario is that Nolan saw the audience response and acted accordingly.  I have no doubt that Nolan wants the audience to be able to hear Bane - after all, dialogue is written for a reason. Think of the prologue as a "test screening", a technique that studios and filmmakers use all the time to test audience reaction and make necessary improvements.
  • lolskates
    Can't you go pay another 15 dollars and find out for the rest of us Ethan? Pleeez.
  • Ampbird
    So Nolan didn't alter the voice? Good
  • Anonymous
    Seems like the only complaints I'd ever heard about Nolan's batman films are the voices. I'll live with it. 
  • TheLaughingMan
    Damn,well I hope that when a director's cut comes out it has the original audio lol.I heard him fine and I wanna see the movie as it was originally attended.
  • Soonertinker
    If this rumor is true, and if Warner Brothers was smart, they'd release the redubbed prologue online.  This would help quell the bad publicity over Bane's voice......although honestly I was fine with it in the first place.
  • Antarius
    Did anyone read the article?  They didn't change Banes voice they just adjusted the background noise so his lines would be more audible.  That's not caving to "stupid" people its making the main villian's lines of the movie understandable. FFS it has nothing do with his accent, people who say that are just morons, its the huge big ass mask over his face that makes his voice hard to decipher.
    • John
      A agree with you - it's not a voice issue.  I understood Bane fine for the first half of the prologue.  I did not have difficulty until the end when the background noise got loud and Zimmer's music (which I loved) took over.
  • fancypants
    I'm glad he made some changes. I could understand roughly 50% of bane in the prologue. The trailer on the other hand was easily understood.
  • Notalent
    I'm pretty sure they will release the Prologue with the inevitable re-release of The Dark Knight on Blu-Ray before the movie comes out. Just like they did with Batman Begins Blu-Ray.
  • Horseflesh
    let me quote one of the villains The Scarecrow: They scream and they cry, much as you're doing now. Let Nolan make his masterpiece an not let it get watered down cause a few people need miracle ear or expect a shumacher version
  • Chris_G
    I have a feeling it might have been the plane. Did anyone not understand his ONE line in the trailer? I heard him just fine there...and once I saw the pages for the prologue and went back and watched it, I could absolutely tell what he was saying.
  • pook nookie
    Nolan has final cut based on the money he has made Warner. Whatever Nolan wants, he will get.
  • Max Renn
    Maybe they could do this for most modern Blu-ray movies. The dialogue is almost always too quiet and everything else is too loud.

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