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Has Bane's Dialogue Been Revamped?

– by Philip Sticco

If you went to see Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol in IMAX recently, then you were probably one of the lucky people who got to see the six minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises. I caught M:I-GP this weekend and loved it. I did not, however, see it in IMAX since my local AMC doesn’t offer true IMAX and I’m not paying a surcharge for fakeness. Okay, I’m done proselytizing now.

The Dark Knight Rises footage was just about universally loved, the major complaint was Bane’s dialogue being indecipherable from the background noise. Collider is reporting that Warner Brothers has corrected the issue.

An unnamed source told Collider new audio tracks were sent out to theatres the other day. Viewers reported no issues with Bane’s dialogue once the new audio tracks were utilized. Shortly after this report Indiewire posted this update:

"The New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff has tweeted, 'Warner Bros. says 'no truth' to reports of new Dark Knight Rises prologue trailers going out with fixed Bane audio.'"

Director Christopher Nolan has not been shy about saying he sees no need to alter the audio of The Dark Knight Rises beyond some small adjustments. Warner Brothers has been urging him to make more substantial changes, but Nolan is adamant. It’s no surprise the Warner Brothers’ brass is more than a little concerned. The Dark Knight Rises is arguably the most anticipated tent pole film of the year. It also has the potential to be Warner Brothers’ highest grossing film of the year, if not the highest grossing film of any studio.

What’s this all mean? As of now there are no confirmed changes to Bane’s dialogue in The Dark Knight Rises. We will keep you posted if there are any further updates to the story.

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