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Will the studio make Christopher Nolan change Bane's voice in The Dark Knight Rises?

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If you've seen the trailer and read our report of the The Dark Knight Rises prologue you know there's one mumbly, bumbly problem: Bane. The Vader-faced villain is often very difficult to understand. So, does any of this have director Chris Nolan bothered? No, not really.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter the late reports have made a lot of higher ups at Warner Bros. very nervous:

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."

THR goes on to say that the studio would like Nolan to change the sound mix, but that Nolan has no intention of doing so apart from a few small changes. A source goes on to say in the THR article that Nolan doesn't want to just hand everything over to the audience, "[Nolan] doesn't dumb things down...You've got to pedal faster to keep up." To which we say, yeah we've seen Inception, and loved it. We're happy to play the mind games that come with a Nolan flick, but we'd just love to understand what that main bad guy is actually saying during said game.

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Inception did win an Oscar for Best Sound Mixing, so maybe Nolan knows something we don't.

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Half of the people in the comments on this page, saying "Bane sounds fine," haven't seen the actual preview most of us are talking about. The voice is particularly bad during the plane stunt sequence in the six minute version of the trailer that ran in the (real-)IMAX theaters last weekend before MI4. If you're talking about the version online, or the short one that ran in front of Sherlock Holmes, he barely speaks in that one, so of course it's not as bad!

Maybe actually see the full preview before forming an opinion?