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Chris Nolan sends new “Dark Knight Rises” audio to clean up Bane dialogue?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It was the great debate of 2012: Could you understand Bane in the “Dark Knight Rises” prologue, or did Chris Nolan need to tweak the villains inaudible dialogue to help audiences hear his dialogue?

It sounds like the latter half of the argument is winning out.

Citing an anonymous projectionist, Collider reports that a new audio mix for the prologue was sent to IMAX theaters to improve the sound of Bane’s dialogue.

“They’ve gone in and lowered the background noise of the plane and other things, thus making Bane’s dialogue clearer and more understandable,” this source says. “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.”

There are factors. Tom Hardy, who plays Bane in the film, has an accent. He also wears a mask over his mouth. Nolan had come out to defend his villain, saying audiences can figure out what’s happening through the visuals. Which is true. But we also want to hear what Bane’s saying. It’s kind of important.

So, it sounds like “Rises” will clean up its “act” before its July 20 release. Catch the latest trailer below:

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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