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"Grumbled wine bottle! Napkins on pencils. The sky glasses with shoes!" If that gibberish sounds familiar, it's probably because you saw 'The Dark Knight Rises' IMAX prologue. The new Batman villain -- played with hulking menace by Tom Hardy -- is scary and violent ... and also a problem for viewers who like hearing things. Audiences, en masse, couldn't decipher what Bane was saying during the IMAX prologue, and -- according to reports late last year -- Warner Bros. executives were none-too-pleased with the turn of events. Director Christopher Nolan reportedly said at the time that no significant changes would be made to Bane's voice in post-production, and that still might be true. After all, maybe fixing the sound mix doesn't qualify as significant.

According to a new report, 'The Dark Knight Rises' IMAX prologue has gotten an audio makeover.

In a twist out of 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' -- "My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night" -- a tipster who knows an IMAX theater employee informed Collider that new prints of 'The Dark Knight Rises' IMAX introduction were sent out last week with copies of 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.'
"A friend of mine who is an IMAX projectionist told me they received a new soundtrack for the Dark Knight Rises prologue. He said it's now a combo soundtrack with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but the cool thing about this is that they've cleaned up the 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."
Sounds pretty serious. Whether or not that's true -- and whether or not Nolan will change anything on 'The Dark Knight Rises' -- remains to be seen. One of this year's most anticipated films, 'The Dark Knight Rises' arrives in theaters with its all-star cast on July 20. Moviefone reached out to Bane for comment, but couldn't understand him.

UPDATE: Not true! Warner Bros. denied any 'Dark Knight Rises' audio changes to New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff. Why would you want to hear Bane anyway, right?



[via Collider]

[Photo: WB]





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