Before you dash out to the nearest IMAX theater to check out The Dark Knight Rises prologue in front of Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol because you've heard Bane's audio has been altered to make him easier to understand, know that those rumors are false. Contrary to what Collider first reported via a projectionist who claimed they'd received a new audio mix, both Warner Bros. and now IMAX have confirmed that not to be the case.
As per the site's latest update: Steve again. I spoke to a representative from IMAX. They told me that they have not issued a new mix for The Dark Knight Rises, but some theaters have been sent the digital file that would have been playing on an analogue system. Again, they say this digital delivery does not change the way Bane sounds or any of the background noise. Needless to say, I’m sorry we posted something that appears to be inaccurate. Saying that, I’ve seen the IMAX prologue three times and I still struggle to understand what Bane is saying. It’s a real issue.
So now that the year's first big mystery has been settled, there's still the question of whether Christopher Nolan should do anything to make the character easier to understand by the time the film arrives in theaters. Nolan has said he doesn't plan to change it too much because part of his "thing" is making the audience work a little to understand the movie, but at the same time we can't imagine Warner Bros. letting this film hit theaters with a main character you really can't understand at all.
We may not know the end result till this sucker hits theaters on July 20th, but until then feel free to debate this topic endlessly in our cozy comments section below.