Audiences Can’t Understand Bane In “The Dark Knight Rises”
Just a few days ago, Warner Bros. released the new trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” to much acclaim and excitement from fans. One little problem though. It looks like people had a hard time understanding what Bane said. The problem first came up when bootleg editions of the 6 minute prologue featured before IMAX versions of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” hit the web. The prologue was the introduction of the character Bane, and many credited the quality of the bootleg to the reason Bane was incomprehensible. After the new trailer, Warner Bros. has asked director Christopher Nolan to remix the audio of the movie, something Nolan doesn’t want to do.
Christopher Nolan has already said he plans to slightly alter the sound mixing, but will no rework it entirely as the studio has requested. And it appears WB is giving Nolan some leeway, as his last movie “Inception” brought in $800 million and 8 Oscar nominations, and “The Dark Knight” brought in more than $1 billion and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. According to one executive, Nolan is hoping for the audience to be smart,
“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.”
Bane, played by Tom Hardy, wears a mask throughout the film that gives him a constant supply of pain-killing drugs that also enhance his strength. Nolan is still editing the film and won’t have a cut to show executives for a few months. For films like this, studios pay close attention to responses on fan websites to get a feel for the pre-release buzz. And some believe that the negative feedback from fans will lead to WB placing more pressure on Nolan to change the audio. In response to the original prologue, some fans remarked,
“’The Dark Knight Rises’prologue was really great, especially when Bane spoke the soon-to-be-classic line: ‘Mmrbl ffrmrff hmrbblfmm,'”
“A fantastic action sequence hurt by the fact that you cannot understand the villain at all,”
I posted the trailer the day it was released and I can understand the concern. But, I could also understand Bane’s line perfectly. “When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die.” I hate the fact that this has become such a problem that people don’t notice the important part of that scene, that Bane is delivering that line to BRUCE WAYNE, which leads some to believe Bane is well aware of Batman’s true identity. But I do agree completely with what the executive said about the audience needing to keep up. In an age of intelligence-insulting, “paint-by-numbers” films like “Transformers”, I love that mentality.