Report: Warner Bros. worried about Bane’s voice in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

The Dark Knight Rises’ prologue debuted last week, and while many walked out of the theater blown away…there was a common complaint — it was tough to understand what Bane was saying. The Hollywood Reporter claims to have a source at Warner Bros. who is “scared to death” about “the Bane problem”. Here’s an excerpt from their report:

Sources close to the movie say Warner Bros. is very aware of the sound issue. One source working on the film says he is “scared to death” about “the Bane problem.” And with good reason. The last Batman film, 2008’s The Dark Knight, grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, and the studio doesn’t want anything to tamper with Rise’s chances for success.

Sources also say some at Warners would like Nolan to change the sound mix, but the filmmaker, whose autonomy is well-earned (his Inception earned the studio more than $800 million and eight Oscar nominations), has informed executives that he plans only to alter the sound slightly, not to rework it completely.

“Chris wants the audience to catch up and participate rather than push everything at them. He doesn’t dumb things down,” says one high-level exec, declining to be named. “You’ve got to pedal faster to keep up.”

When I wrote my thoughts about The Dark Knight Rises’ prologue, I did note that it was tough to understand Bane. And while he doesn’t speak perfectly clear (he has a mask covering his mouth, after all), he was much easier to understand in trailer #2 for The Dark Knight Rises. I think the main issue with Bane in the prologue is all the background noise. The scene takes place on a loud airplane and Hans Zimmer’s epic score is pounding in the background. I think if  the background noise was toned down a bit and Bane’s volume was raised, this would be a none issue.

What do you guys think? Are you having trouble understand Bane from what we’ve seen so far? Let me know in the comments.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter