The Dark Knight Rises unveiled its new trailer yesterday, along with the six-minute prologue attached to IMAX prints of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol over the weekend. While there has been a positive response to the new footage, there have been several complaints that Tom Hardy's villain Bane is hard to understand.
Director Christopher Nolan will slightly change Bane's voice in The Dark Knight Rises
Insiders claim that director Christopher Nolan plans to alter the sound mix for Bane's voice slightly, but doesn't plan to rework it completely. Here's what a studio executive had to say about the director's intention, regarding Bane's voice.
"Chris wants the audience to catch up and participate rather than push everything at them. He doesn't dumb things down. You've got to pedal faster to keep up."
When we spoke with Christopher Nolan after he unveiled the six-minute prologue, the director indicated audience members will likely not understand anything Bane says.
"Probably not. He has the mask on, the apparatus, and he has the accent. It's a tough one. He's incredibly hard to understand. Of course, the whole movie doesn't take place on a plane...This insures that you'll go back and see the movie a couple of times in the theater."
It seems that, for now, Bane will be an incomprehensible villain in The Dark Knight Rises, unless the studio, or the fans, are able to persuade Christopher Nolan to go in the other direction.
The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012 and stars Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.