Christopher Nolan's Batman movie franchise has been a tentpole for Warner Brothers these past six years, and nothing looks to stop the third in the series, The Dark Knight Rises. However, one element of the Dark Knight Rises prologue sneak peek has caused a divide for those looking forward to the film - Bane's voice.
Many who have watched the prologue have complained they can't hear what Bane is saying because of his muffled and garbled voice. There are those who have defended the effect, telling people to simply pay attention and try to listen. All of the hype has led to a swell of controversy, which has manifested in parody videos.
While many have gotten a laugh at the effect and the controversy surrounding it, the executives at WB are taking the problem seriously. According to Hollywood Reporter, sources involved in the movie say that WB asked Nolan to alter the effect so people would be able to understand Bane. The director said there are plans to alter it some, but will not do a complete re-work.
“Chris wants the audience to catch up and participate rather than push everything at them. He doesn't dumb things down"
The response on Twitter has been mixed, with many people simply making fun of the effect.
Stop complaining you can't understand Bane. Just get your bloody ears syringed and concentrate. He is perfectly understandable if you listen
I've worked out what Bane sounds like in the Batman prologue: a retired bombardier being human centipeded against his will
"Not knowing what Bane is saying or doing could easily keep people on the edge of their seat," said a person being carted away to an asylum.
The Dark Knight Rises prologue was really great, especially when Bane spoke the soon-to-be-classic line: "Mmrbl ffrmrff hmrbblfmm."
Twitter on ATTACK THE BLOCK: "Too bad if you can't understand them!" Twitter on DARK KNIGHT RISES: "We can't understand Bane! Fix it!"
Upside to unintelligible Bane dialogue: potential for awesome "Downfall"-style parodies after Dark Knight Rises hits home video.
The upside to all of this controversy is that Muffled Bane has gotten his own Twitter account (@MuffledBane)
Lkknng vevryvwre vur a rdd nn grrrn mssk vur Xmas. Strrrs nn Gtthhm scck!!
Vvtted tvo llng tdo hllldyy shhppnng. Lnne tt Bdd, Btth nnd Vvynnd zz nnsnne!!
So, can you understand what he's saying; in the prologue and on Twitter?