As I noted at the top of my review, Bane’s voice in The Dark Knight Rises was remixed before the movie hit theaters in response to complaints from people who saw the early IMAX preview and couldn’t understand what the hell he was saying. Well now, if you missed the preview like I did, you can finally hear the side-by-side comparison of the original version and the re-re-remix.
In the original mix, Bane was impossible to understand in at least two of the lines. But in the remix, he’s so much louder than anything else that it felt like Christopher Nolan had done it out of spite. Bane sounded like the voice of God, or the movie’s narrator. In fact, I’d kind of like to see a new cut of the movie where it’s shot like The Wonder Years, where Bane explains that he was only acting weird because he had a crush on a girl, and actually wanted to be best friends with Batman but worried that he wasn’t cool enough. “Talia and I, we lost touch after that neutron bomb exploded. But wherever she is, I have a feeling she remembers that Batman summer like it was yesterday. I know I do.”