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First fans were super-excited about the new Dark Knight Rises trailer and the six-minute prologue, as seen before IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. Then they were miffed because some of Bane’s muffled dialogue was difficult, if not impossible, to understand. However, now it seems as if “the Bane problem” may have been fixed — in the prologue, at least — even after director Christopher Nolan’s apparent earlier insistence that he’d only make minor adjustments to the audio.
Citing an unnamed source — granted, it’s a friend of an IMAX projectionist — Collider reports Warner Bros. has shipped a new sound mix for the prologue to IMAX theaters.
“They’ve gone in and lowered the background noise of the plane and other things, thus making Bane’s dialogue clearer and more understandable,” the source said. “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.”
Opening July 20, The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale as Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.
Update (12:14 p.m. PT): Collider contributor Steven Weintraub has updated the story, writing on Twitter: “WB has told me our DARK KNIGHT RISES story is not true. However, I just spoke to someone who described in detail how IMAX changed it.”
Update 2: After speaking with Warner Bros. and IMAX executives, Collider has retracted its story entirely.