Bane’s Voice in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’: Take It Or Leave It

Despite the fact that the world collectively shat their pants at all of the cool included in the first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s third Batman joint, The Dark Knight Rises, there was also a rallying cry that begun to spring up after all the explosions and Batplanes had sunk in. It was the cry of, “Hey, what did Bane say? I couldn’t understand him at all!”

Tom Hardy, behind the Bane mask, kind of sounds like the son of Michael Caine and Donald Trump gargling marbles, so everybody is now hoping that the line we got from him was just early footage, or a temporary sound mix, or something that isn’t at all indicative of what it’s really going to be like trying to understand the main villain for the entirety of the film. Unfortunately for those with hopes, THR claims to have sources saying that this is definitely what Bane is going to sound like through the whole movie, and that Christopher Nolan doesn’t have many plans to do anything about it.

The first source they cite, who is just said to be “working on the film,” says that he is “scared to death” about “the Bane problem.” This could either be taken as evidence that Bane’s dialogue will be an issue, or evidence that somebody working as an extra wanted a little bit of spotlight from the trades and struck while an online controversy was hot to deliver a quote, I’ll let you decide. But further comments in the article seem like a strong indication that regardless of whether the Bane problem is legitimate or overblown, Nolan doesn’t plan on doing much to fix it.

Apparently he already told THR reporters at a press event that it was okay if people don’t understand everything Bane is saying, which gets supported by comments from another source, claimed to be a “high-level exec,” who said, “Chris wants the audience to catch up and participate rather than push everything at them. He doesn’t dumb things down. You’ve got to pedal faster to keep up.”

Okay, that’s fine, but is recording dialogue that your audience can understand really dumbing something down? In my opinion, I don’t think this story is going to end up being much of an issue anyway. I was able to make out what Bane says after a re-watch or two, so I’m sure that after a couple minutes of watching the movie you’ll be able to pick up on his cadence. If you really think that Nolan wouldn’t let something like unintelligible dialogue stand though, just remember: this is the guy who has let Christian Bale talk in that stupid growl for three movies.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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