UPDATE: This story has been effectively shot down and Collider has issued an apology.
It seems that The Dark Knight Rises may have resolved one if its nagging issues: The voice of Tom Hardy's masked muscled menace, Bane.
According to a report from Collider, director, Christopher Nolan has apparently made good on his promise on some slight tweaks to Bane's audio by filtering out background noises and sharpening the dialogue.
Reportedly, projectionists were given new audio for the 6 minute prologue shown with the IMAX version of Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, improving Bane's dialogue by "40-50%."
So, has Batman's villainous vertebra-snapper truly received a post-production elocution injection?
According to Collider's source:
“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.”
While the fan complaints were not universal, there was a sentiment among many that the muffled dialogue of Bane that was heard in the teaser trailers and sneak preview prologue was either difficult to understand or was stifled by background noise.
Yet, for every person who claims that Bane's dialogue was unintelligible, there's another who thought it was clear and had a haunting aura.
Regardless of the mixed opinions, by not completely giving into pressure to radically alter the voice, Nolan, has instead made simple adjustments which seem to be a move that will benefit fans of either camp.