Now that a select, lucky few have been able to see footage from Christopher Nolan's upcoming trilogy capper The Dark Knight Rises, we on the internet can finally move away from rampant speculation based on blurry cell-phone pictures and start endless debate over details provided from other people about the tiny sliver of the film they have seen/are allowed to talk about. (Fun! Also, obviously, there will be slight spoilers coming from this point on. Consider yourself warned.)

Luckily, most of the reactions seem pleased with the short bit of prologue (which will also be shown before IMAX showings of Mission: ImpossibleGhost Protocol), generally agreeing that Nolan has kept the grand scope that made the first two films so enthralling. One other thing they agree about? No one can understand what the hell Tom Hardy, as main antagonist Bane, is saying. From The Hollywood Reporter:

It may be early in the sound mixing process, but a lot of key dialogue, particularly that of Bane, who speaks via a mask, was unintelligible.

And from Entertainment Weekly:

And prepare to scratch your head at much of Bane’s dialogue, which had most everyone in Thursday’s screening asking each other how much, if anything, they could understand.

And from the Daily Beast:

Many of those in attendance at the IMAX event commented that between the character’s labored breathing and quasi-English accent, he was impossible to understand.

As noted above, the movie is nowhere near finished, so it's possible that all these sound issues will be resolved. Of course, we've already had two movies' worth of contending with Christian Bale's gravel-on-sandpaper growl, so maybe Bane's unintelligibility is part of a larger theme, a statement on the unbridgeable divide that separates audience from character in modern-day popular cinema. (Someone who actually went to grad school should take a crack at that, because I have no idea what I'm doing.) All we need is for Catwoman to speak in a quiet purr-whisper the entire time, and this thesis is ready to go!

Commentarium (10 Comments)

Dec 09 11 - 5:54pm

I believe he is saying "I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some . . . people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over HERE in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our children."

Dec 10 11 - 12:48pm

Haaaa! Yes, moops! Cheers.

Dec 10 11 - 2:25am

Tom Hardy was hard to understand in Bronson as well.

Dec 16 11 - 1:15am

He spent most of Bronson twitching, drooling, grunting and mumbling, so I assumed his unintelligible speech there was by choice.

Dec 10 11 - 7:20pm

I don't know who Tom Hardy is, but it's highly unlikely I would go see a Batman movie anyway.

Dec 10 11 - 8:00pm

Cool opinion, bro.

Dec 19 11 - 11:38pm


Dec 10 11 - 8:23pm

Yeah, some post-production on his voice can't go wrong.

*bear growl*

Dec 12 11 - 12:15pm

Hardy's "quasi-English" accent huh?

Dec 16 11 - 1:15am

Yeah, you'd almost think he was like, English or something...