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Christopher Nolan allegedly won’t alter Bane’s dialogue in “The Dark Knight Rises”


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“The Dark Knight Rises” might be one of the most anticipated movies of 2012, but it could have one major flaw that detracts from its success. Fans have flocked to IMAX screenings of “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” to catch the six-minute prologue to the upcoming Batman film, and they all seem to be coming out with the same complaint: villain Bane (Tom Hardy) speaks unintelligibly.

It largely seemed to be a problem with the sound mixing. Bane speaks through a mask that covers his nose and mouth, so of course it would be a little bit difficult for Hardy to speak clearly through it. Do a quick dubbing, clean up some of that muffled sound, and problem fixed. Voilà.

But The Hollywood Reporter has learned that director Christopher Nolan isn’t going to make the process that easy. While some high level Warner Bros. execs are wringing their hands over this problem, Nolan apparently likes the fact that audiences can’t entirely understand what Bane is saying. He plans to alter the sound slightly, but not rework it completely.

“Chris wants the audience to catch up and participate rather than push everything at them. He doesn’t dumb things down,” one source tells THR. “You’ve got to pedal faster to keep up.”

That’s all well and good, but as Collider points out, it’s not as effective when the characters onscreen can understand what Bane is saying but the audience can’t. The release of the film is still seven months off and Nolan hasn’t presented a cut of the film to the studio yet, so there’s still some hope for Bane’s voice, but in the end this could potentially be the strike against the movie that breaks the bat.

Did you find Bane’s voice too hard to understand? What do you think about Nolan’s decision not to change the audio much? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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