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The Dark Knight Rises: Will Bane's Voice Be Changed?

Posted December 20, 2011 - By Joseph Baxter

The Dark Knight Rises: Will Bane's Voice Be Changed?

With The Dark Knight Rises trailer officially floating around the interwebs, the reception for director, Christopher Nolan's third Bat-film has been mostly positive...except for one thing: The voice of villain, Bane.

At this point, the backlash (if we dare be so dramatic,) has reportedly caused a stir with some at Warner Bros studio, who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, are pressuring the director to alter Bane's voice to something more intelligible.

Nolan, however is apparently chalking up the buff, but muffled performance of star, Tom Hardy to artistic license. While he openly admits the roughness of Bane's voice, Nolan would explain that storytelling is conveyed primarily through visual drama, "otherwise, it's just a radio play."

Could the possibility of mounting fan pressure force a change in Bane's voice?

According to THR, there are "some" at Warner who would like to alter the sound mix to make Bane's dialogue more clear. This is apparently being met with resistance from Nolan, who has also earned a great deal of influence, having helmed major box-office monsters for the studio like franchise predecessor, The Dark Knight, as well as Inception. Thus, creating unnecessary friction would also not be ideal in this process.

That being said, THR's sources say that Nolan does plan to alter the Bane's rough vocal tones, but only slightly. According to an anonymous "High-Level Exec:"

“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.”

This is an interesting stance. Bane's voice, while not completely unintelligible is, indeed muffled and difficult to understand. This was especially pronounced in the 6-minute prologue, which centered on Bane's intense mid-air heist between jets. 

While the muffled sound of Bane's respirator could be considered an artistic choice, it does render his dialogue less accessible for a large portion of the audience. This is not due to any failure to "dumb down" intellectual aspects of the story, but simply based on the fact that the audience will not physically be able to fully perceive what's being expressed.

While it's clear there won't be a radical overhaul of Bane's voice, hopefully there can be some things done to at least crispen Tom Hardy's dialogue, so that communication breakdown won't hinder what appears to be an amazing performance as the muscle-bound-Bat-villain.


Comments are Closed

  • Spidey817

    I've watched the prologue and the trailer and I haven't been able to understand anything Bane has said. I understand where Nolan is coming from but I would at least like to be able to actually understand his dialogue. I mean, why even bother to have him talk, then, if his actions are expressed so much through physical means?

    Hell, why not just have him speak in his native language if his dialogue is so unnecessary? I love Nolan to death but this just comes off as stupid to me.

    Posted: December 21, 2011 3:09 PM
  • Paulvstoaster

    Honestly I like Bane's voice, I've seen the prologue (bootlegged) and even though it was crappy quality I could still hear and understand his voice, you just have to listen closely and just "peddle faster" this movie isn't going to be easy to get, you just need to pay hella attention.

    Posted: December 21, 2011 7:25 AM

    I'd appreciate if they alter his voice a bit so you can understand it a bit better. He seems like a really interesting villain, and it would be a shame of he is ruined by inaudible gibberish.

    Posted: December 20, 2011 10:17 PM
  • alfapatito

    I kinda likes banes voice in the trailer... also if nolan think its good let the man have that voice, he did a really good job with thoise previous movies. ill see this movie at least twice, in english with subts and in spanish, i dont like movies which are translated but oddly enough they did a good job on translations to

    Posted: December 20, 2011 6:26 PM
  • GeneralKumar

    i saw the prologue, thought it was fine, kinda reminded me of arkham city voice acting for bane, not clear but not unintelligible

    Posted: December 20, 2011 5:03 PM
  • ApocalypsSoldier

    I honestly think they're going to ruin Bane's character just they failed to make Juggernaut look real in X-3 He's not big enough and looks nothing like the Bane we know and love to hate. The first Bane was pretty cool looking I hope they don't try to make him look more realistic. I like Tom Hardy and Nolan as well No doubt it's gonna be a great movie! Just hopefully Bane's Character stay true.

    Posted: December 20, 2011 4:50 PM
  • Coldheartinc

    Bane was originally a hispanic wrestler so dont just make the dialogue more clear make him sound as if he was of spanish decent.

    Posted: December 20, 2011 3:18 PM
  • Limecayman

    Chris Nolan didn't give a damn that you could barely make out what Batman was saying in the last movie, why would he care whether or not you can hear Bane now...? It's going to be like someone with the world's worst sore throat talking to someone who's mouth is stuffed with tissue. I'm a fan of Bale, Hardy AND Nolan, but this is overrated garbage. What's the point in trying to portray a great story if the dialogue sounds garbled and incoherent? This won't be seeing my money, which I'm sure is quite fine by them, they won't be needing it anyway with the ten billion other people who'll be going in my stead.

    Posted: December 20, 2011 3:10 PM