The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Prologue: Is Bane a Problem?

While reviews of The Dark Knight Rises trailer video so far have been overwhelmingly positive, fans and critics do have one small worry about the film’s mysterious villain Bane, played by actor Tom Hardy. The problem is that the masked bad guy famous for breaking Batman’s back isn’t always the easiest to understand. In fact, at some point in the film, rumor has it, he is damn near unintelligible.

There is no question that The Dark Knight Rises trailer video is thrilling fun and bodes very well for the movie being a great ride. The dark, heavy feel of the trailer gifts us with an intriguing sense of foreboding. Tom Hardy as Bane is as threatening of an evil Batman villain as one could wish (maybe not up to Heath Ledger as the Joker standards, but who can really top that?). Anne Hathaway is beautiful and delicious to watch as Catwoman Selina Kyle. And, of course, Christian Bale is back as a Batman who is both hero and human in equal parts and all the more poignant for being so.

Fans have great hopes for the final film in director Christoper Nolan‘s Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale. From what we’ve seen so far from The Dark Knight Rises official trailer video and The Dark Knight Rises prologue playing in theaters, it looks likely that most fans are not going to be disappointed.

There is however, one possible hitch that some are chewing over. It seems that in The Dark Knight Rises prologue video playing in theaters, the evil villain Bane is rather hard to understand when he is talking. Actually, rumor has it that some of his dialogue is nearly impossible to decipher in parts of the film.

Jeff Jensen over at calls it “Bane’s creepy garble” and according to, Christopher Nolan plans on actually doing some ‘slight’ alterations to the sound to make Tom Hardy’s character somewhat easier to understand. An anonymous executive at Waner Bros., however, allegedly said that Nolan doesn’t really care if the audience understands everything Bane says as long as his meaning comes across.

Still, even if Bane turns out to sound like a strangled monkey through half the film, it’s hard to believe it could have too much of an impact on a film this big. Hopefully the sound will get a bit more tweaked in the final version and it won’t be an issue at all. Even if not, it’ll probably just make Bane seem even more whacked than he already is, which might actually turn out to be a good thing!

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