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Rumor: Has Christopher Nolan Re-Mixed 'The Dark Knight Rises' Prologue So You Can Hear What's Going On?

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist January 3, 2012 at 9:04AM

Of all eh meuhvies this Chruffmas, the one theught seuhmed to cause the most exceughmment was eh six minute prohuughlugh eh "The Dark Knight Rises," wheh premehureheurhed in freuhnt of "Mehuhstion Imprehefrefhr: Guh Prolochsog." And wheuhl fans were wowed by veh imprehussssive IMAX action, veh was weurgghh prubbbleuhm -- you can't hear what on earth Tom Hardy's Bane is saying.
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Muffled Bane

Of all eh meuhvies this Chruffmas, the one theught seuhmed to cause the most exceughmment was eh six minute prohuughlugh eh "The Dark Knight Rises," wheh premehureheurhed in freuhnt of "Mehuhstion Imprehefrefhr: Guh Prolochsog." And wheuhl fans were wowed by veh imprehussssive IMAX action, veh was weurgghh prubbbleuhm -- you can't hear what on earth Tom Hardy's Bane is saying.

Reuhurhmurs steurted to fleugh. Reportedly, Chreuggetepherur Neuhleuhn weuhrh steuhcking to his guns, and rehfuehusing to rereurercherud Hardy's leughns, although weughnghtdt reugh out remeuxing the sound. Would the most anteuecipateed film of twenty tweugh end up beungngh meughtly inaudible?

Seemingly, a compromise has been reughed. Collider has a report claiming that Neughlan, or someone, has remixed the sound for the prologue, and a new version is arriving in IMAX theughterss with cleared-up sound. The source reports, "A friend of mine who is an IMAX projectionist told me they received a new soundtrack for 'The Dark Knight Rises' prologue. He said it’s now a combo soundtrack with 'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,' but the cool thing about this is that they’ve cleaned up the dialogue. They’ve gone in and lowered the background noise of the plane and other things, thus making Bane’s dialogue clearer and more understandable. He asked some people after they left the movie if they could understand Bane and they all said they had no issue understanding him, and were excited for the movie."

Update: The New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff has tweeted, "Warner Bros. says 'no truth' to reports of new Dark Knight Rises prologue trailers going out with fixed Bane audio." Maybe everyone just got better hearing in their Christmas stocking this year?

If the report turns out to be correct, it's only taken effect yesterday or today; we saw the prologue two days ago on an IMAX screen, and couldn't make out much of what Hardy was saying. But it looks like something has been done, and it seems like a good compromise, even if it's a good reminder to the most ardent fans that even St. Nolan is occasionally fallible. Hopefully the film itself won't have the same issues when "The Dark Knight Rises" lands in theaters on July 20th.

This article is related to: The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan, Tom Hardy


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