Listen: So Bane's Voice Was Altered in 'The Dark Knight Rises,' but Does It Matter?

Listen: So Bane's Voice Was Altered in 'The Dark Knight Rises,' but Does It Matter?

Jul 30, 2012

Almost immediately after the new round of trailers arrived following those special screenings of The Dark Knight Rises prologue back in December, it was clear something was different, and that something was Bane's voice. One of the most talked-about complaints out of that prologue screening was Bane's voice -- how it was difficult to understand what he was saying, and how Warner Bros. (and Christopher Nolan) needed to fix that. We wrote about that. They wrote about that. Everyone wrote about that.

Well, they did fix that. Not only was Bane's dialogue cleaned up, but when we saw the final film it was pretty clear that Tom Hardy had literally rerecorded a huge chunk of it. This was good in that audiences were able to understand the villain more clearly, but bad in some ways because his voice didn't seem consistent since they still included some of the original audio. So what we're left with is this mishmash of audio, some heavily accented, some not. Some clear, some not. Some freakishly creepy, some definitely not. 

Here's a video created by a Reddit user (via Slashfilm) that mixes audio from both the prologue and the finished film to show you how Bane's voice changed.


Bane's voice comparison (IMAX prologue vs... by mrstevenrichter

Some are writing about this from a "See we were right!" angle, but I don't think that's necessary because it was pretty obvious that this needed to be done, and also obvious that something was done once we all saw the new trailers with cleaner audio. Hollywood politics may mask the real story behind the audio fix, but at the end of the day does it really matter either way? 

In my opinion it was a good idea to fix the audio, and the corrections make for a better moviegoing experience. As much as Nolan may have wanted Bane to come off as a mysterious villain who we needed to decode over the course of multiple viewings, not being able to understand a villain makes it so we're less likely to be afraid of him (or her). Even if the changes aren't perfect, they work in favor of the finished product. 

What do you think? Does knowing something like this alter the way you view a movie? And do you think they should've left Bane's dialogue the way it was, or were their changes for the better?

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