Sequel News: 'Dark Knight Rises' Prologue is 50% Easier to Understand; Sony Still Planning 'Dragon Tattoo' Follow-Up

Sequel News: 'Dark Knight Rises' Prologue is 50% Easier to Understand; Sony Still Planning 'Dragon Tattoo' Follow-Up

Jan 03, 2012


Tom Hardy as Bane

One of 2012’s most highly anticipated films is Christopher Nolan’s third, and final, Batman movie – The Dark Knight Rises. Anticipation is already through the roof for this feature, and Warner Bros. was looking to kick it into full-on frenzy with the release of the film’s first trailer and a six minute prologue that played in front of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in select Imax theaters. The frenzy part worked – just not in the way Warners intended.

While people were generally pleased with the prologue footage, one universal complaint has taken center stage: no one can understand what Tom Hardy’s villainous Bane is saying. Between his face mask acting as a filter and the background noise in the prologue, Bane’s dialogue is apparently a garbled mess.

Nolan acknowledged there might be an issue and promised to tweak things to make Bane’s speeches more understandable, but refused to outright rework the dialogue. Nolan agreed to “alter the sounds slightly” – and it appears as though that’s exactly what he’s done.

Sources tell Collider that Warners has sent out a new audio mix to Imax theaters – and wonder of wonders, people can now understand Bane.

An anonymous source who saw the footage with the new mix guesstimates that it’s 40-50% clearer now than it was before. The reason? Nolan and Warner Bros. have gone in and lowered the level of the ambient noise in the scene that was causing everyone to have fits. Sounds like a happy ending to us – Nolan doesn’t have to change a single word of his screenplay, and audiences can now actually understand what Bane is saying. Everyone wins.

Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

There’s been a lot of second-guessing and speculation that Sony may have dropped the ball with David Fincher’s remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film, which opened on December 20th, has been labeled as something of a box office disappointment as it has yet to crack the $100 million mark in ticket sales – something some pundits attribute to its tone. Fincher’s film is a dark and disturbing thriller that many seem to think was out of place during the cheerful and sanitized holiday season.

Whether that’s the case or not, Sony is undaunted by the film’s box office haul and is still committed to bringing the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, to screens in late 2013. Reports indicate that screenwriter Steve Zaillian is hard at work on the script, but no director is officially attached (Fincher hasn’t yet decided if he’ll return to the series or not).

An anonymous Sony rep confirmed that the project is still in the works, telling EW that “[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book.”

This is good news for fans of Lisbeth Salander. Even better news is that stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara will reprise their roles in the next film should it continue on toward the screen. Both actors are contractually bound to do all three films in the franchise should Sony choose to make them. 

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