SoundWorks Collection: Sound & Music from 'The Dark Knight Rises'

August 1, 2012
Source: SoundWorks Collection

The Dark Knight Rises

Even before the movie came out,  The Dark Knight Rises was under heavy fire for some seemingly worrisome sound design with the voice of the villain Bane, played by Tom Hardy, as his dialogue was at times indiscernible in the prologue release with the IMAX version of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. In case you haven't noticed, some changes were made between then and the theatrical release (hear a comparison here). Now the SoundWorks Collection goes behind the scenes of both the sound and music in The Dark Knight Rises with composer Hans Zimmer and supervising sound editor and designer Richard King where they talk about Bane's unique voice, the sound of The Bat and much more. Watch it below!

Here's the SoundWorks Collection's featurette on The Dark Knight Rises from Vimeo:

Eight years after The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to the limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent.

The Dark Knight Rises is once again directed by Oscar nominated British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight and Inception previously. The script was co-written by Christopher & Jonathan Nolan (The Prestige, The Dark Knight), from a story by Chris Nolan & David S. Goyer (of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight). Warner Bros brought The Dark Knight Rises to regular and IMAX theaters everywhere on July 20th so go see it now! The Fire Rises!

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LOVE THIS!!!!!!!

matt97 on Aug 1, 2012


You know that feeling right after a magic trick and you're like, "do it again." Yeah... I got it with The Dark Knight Rises.

Reagan Fabry on Aug 1, 2012


I can watch stuff like this all day

Danimal on Aug 1, 2012


Don`t worry hans. I`m sure Nolan will be calling soon.

mmmmmmm on Aug 1, 2012


Next up for Zimmer: Man of Steel 🙂

David Banner on Aug 1, 2012


I was actually disappointed with the sound mix on this film. Too often it seemed like the sound was just a blur of loudness. To me, a good mix has its highs and lows... this mix was just too loud too often. Having said that, there were some amazing sound moments I did like. An example is the first Bane/Batman fight, when the music cuts out and you just hear the brutal blows. Also, about the Bane voice issue: I'd say I understood him 75% of the time, and then it improved upon a second viewing. But it is frustrating, knowing that Nolan's scripts are very tight and I feel the dialogue is very important... so when I can't hear the dialogue I feel like I am missing a key part of the film. In the opening scene on the airplane, Bane sounded like a different character entirely. He sounds completely different than he does in the rest of the film (and although I understood him well in that first scene, I disliked the way it sounded).

John on Aug 1, 2012


Hans is the-fucking-man for movie soundtracks.

JL on Aug 1, 2012


They completely changed Bane's voice,,,

dawko on Aug 1, 2012

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