When the prologue for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises debuted in front of select prints of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol at IMAX locations a few weeks back only one negative complaint arose and that was Bane’s dialogue. People complained about not being able to understand him completely due to a mix of his voice being projected from a voice box type mask and also due to the scene taking place in a moving plane with the door open. I tried reminding everyone how hard it really would be to understand someone when you have characters speaking on a huge open plane, especially when you factor in the musical score playing in the background, but most went right for Nolan’s character interpretation and said it’s all Bane and his voice.
Collider is reporting that they’ve attached a new audio track to the prologue. This new track apparently tones down the background noise, making Bane easier to understand. I get a kick out of the general positive reactions coming from this new prologue. Everyone is saying they can understand Bane just fine with less noise. I’m glad Nolan is sticking to his guns and not changing Bane’s actual voice or line delivery. Here’s what the source had to say.
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.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Have you seen the prologue? If so, did you think Bane was hard to understand or are people over-reacting?