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Mr. Beaks Has Seen The First Six Minutes Of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES!

Beaks here...

Planes and Bane. In IMAX. That's what you're going to get next Friday (12/16) when you see the first six minutes of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in front of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL. And as soon as it's finished, you're going to be screaming for the projectionist to run it again.

While we've run a ton of DARK KNIGHT RISES news on this site, I've steered clear of most of it. Aside from casting, I want to remain unspoiled until I'm sitting in an IMAX theater next July, ready to watch the final chapter of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. So I have no idea where this film is headed, who's going to die, who's going to get their back broken, and how Selina Kyle is going to figure into the narrative.

But I saw Bane tonight. I also saw a stunningly complex, practically-staged action sequence in IMAX. And while I'd love to break it down beat-by-beat, Warner Bros. has asked all journalists to stick to generalities. So...

Nolan introduced tonight's event, and he extolled the immersive virtues of the IMAX format before plunging us into footage - which starts in 35mm widescreen with Gordon eulogizing Harvey Dent. Then we're being whisked across a field. And a few minutes later, aboard a plane, we hear Bane speak for the first time in a horrible, strangled tone. Tom Hardy's Bane is a substantial, but strangely broken man. He's a bruiser, but not exactly massive. He also struggles with his elocution, which may be intentional, but nevertheless resulted in lots of puzzled post-screening discussions. Honestly, I caught probably half of Bane's dialogue, and every colleague I spoke with had similar difficulty understanding him. I hate to cause problems for Nolan at this stage of the filmmaking process, but if Bane sounds like this throughout the film, it could be an issue.

The footage concludes with a montage of shots that gives us a pretty good sense of what Batman is up against (and how Gotham City might tear itself apart). This is going to be a huge movie. No one gets to make a film on this kind of scale anymore. Except for Christopher Nolan. He's brought a physical, David Lean-esque scale to the superhero genre. July can't get here soon enough.

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  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by darksith

    Don't know if ill go watch the preview though.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    What do you mean you can't break it down?

    by FitnaTheForbiddenMovie

    Break it down, man. Down to the ground.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Bring it on!!, My body is fucking ready.

    by JZM

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Fed by the pay masters...

    by kingralphuk

    ...and afraid to turn against them, Beaks? This sure should be called Used To Be Cool News.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST

    mumblecore Batman?


    Too bad this movie is going to suck. I am disappoint.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Just go to

    by darksith didn't break it down shot for shot, but a bit more detailed than this.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Oh, BTW: this site sucks, I will never post here again


    Hold me to it.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    I'm actually glad that you were forced to stick to generalities.

    by starmin76

    It's refreshing to be able to preview a film without actually learning anything specific about the story.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    IMAX > 3D

    by Daytripper69

    Very glad Mr. Nolan avoided the 3D route and went for true IMAX instead --- the format is far more immersive & impressive. Until they make 3D without glasses (and I *know* that's possible), I won't be supporting the format.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Nobody but Nolan getsto make large-scale movies?

    by CountOrlok

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Ha ha

    by darksith

    That they do, theveryfirst, that they do.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Bane is not massive?

    by Steve Rogers

    What the fuck? Couldn't they use camera perspective tricks to make him big? He's supposed to be huge. That and the movie stuff is very concerning.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Eulogizing Dent?

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    So it's not years later than Dark Knight?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Too bad no one can understand what Bane says


    Could've been a great movie.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Marble-mouth Bane

    by mascan42

    There's still plenty of time to fix that in ADR if enough people agree that it's unintelligible.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:05 a.m. CST

    damn crispin_glovers

    by darksith

    Apparently never is a few minutes for you ha ha.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST

    I will never post here again, this time I mean it


    Never say never.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    And Never Say Never Again :P

    by darksith

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    This is going to be "The Shit!".....Gentleman!

    by BlackBriar

    Can't wait, what some critics and writers are saying is this going to be absolutely fantastic! July why are you so Damn far away! I Can't Wait!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Nobody understood what Fred Fenster said

    by CherryValance

    It didn't stop anyone from liking that character. I'm gonna have to wait to see this online. So I'll be tardier than normal. FML

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    bane sounded like a drunk mr. belvedere in spy footage

    by georgecauldron

    seems like a strange choice, maybe there's still post production work to be done on the voice

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Same issue with the last Batman film

    by HSStudios

    When I saw last Batman film in IMAX, couldn't catch a lot of the dialogue...thought it was the theatre audio or something. Then watched it on Blu-Ray with some friends - same issue, they were all asking "hunh, what did he say?" End action sequence of Inception. Same issue, but nobody cared because movie was repetitive gibberish at that point. The sound design on Nolan films for ambient noise/music and sfx is great, except it drowns out or misbalance A LOT of dialogue. It's dopey.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    'plane scene'= hostage scene

    by simpledao4

    so says the correspondent at

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST

    jzm- fucking LOVE your comment!!!!!!!!!

    by sam jacksons wig

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:05 a.m. CST

    I'm imagining Bane to sound like Ted Levine

    by BillEmic

    in "Silence of the Lambs." That would be kind of interesting and amazing. Always loved Levine's slightly odd voice.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Please, post a full description if you can find it...

    by TopHat

    ...I'm writing to the TALKBACKERS, not Beaks or any other AICN writer; They've obviously sold out. Why, it was just 1999 when Harry got to see THE PHANTOM MENANCE before everyone else and wrote an indepth review of it...

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:28 a.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    Just like it was three years to the day that the movie came out that they released (officially) the trailer. Heath Ledger passed away on January 22, I wonder if they will release anything then, hmmmmmm

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:37 a.m. CST


    by Meadowe

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST

    There's a 70mm IMAX theatre five miles from my house....

    by Tarijeno

    .... but the closest one playing the Batman prologue is nearly a thousand miles away. I saw the TDK prologue on the local IMAX four years ago. What fuckin' gives WB? Why so few theaters? If you look at a map of the US, there's a giant blank spot east of California and west of Iowa. WB just unilaterally fucked the rockies/midwest. I am not willing to drive two days across two time zones to see a 7 minute trailer. Gas ain't cheap.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST

    I'm still not sold on the white-washed mini-Bane

    by Nerd Rage


  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:47 a.m. CST

    did he have a weird almost jamaican accent?

    by pjvader

    as tom hardy was on a uk talk show around the time it was announced he was going to play bane and he did the whole interview in a broken accent which almost sounded like he was trying to do a jamaican accent it also says in empire that bane was raised in a jamaican prison so it could be! method much?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:55 a.m. CST

    This will boost ticket sales for MI:4 in IMAX, to say the least.

    by justmyluck

    Though, I was sold with the Burj Khalifa shots from the IMAX trailer that ran before BAYFORMERS 3. Regarding the Bane dialog muffling: with that mask on, Tom Hardy can ADR a new dialog track quite easily. I mean, it could just be production recordings at this point. Though, if I recall, there were adverse reactions to Bale's synthetically-deepened voice in TDK, as well. We'll see...

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by Lukin

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    by Lukin

    Why bother man! Get some some sort of job that does something...IVE SEEN SOMETHING SO rasperry <3

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    WTF? HW is now showing the intro of the upcoming movies?

    by KilliK

    trailers which give too much is one thing.but going to see a movie in the cinema and suddenly you watch the first 6 minutes of a movie which comes out in 6 months from now ,completely destroys the beauty of anticipation and curiosity for that movie. What the fuck is this shit? where are the good times when your only information for the upcoming movie was a low-resolution quicktime trailer which you downloaded with your 56kb dialup connection,some photos of the cast and the behind the scenes shooting from your favorite movie magazine and a plot summary of the film. Now this overwhelming exposition of information about all those upcoming movie projects have killed the joy and the beaty of films which we havent even watched yet. BRAVE NEW WORLD INDEED MR HUXLEY.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST


    by Righteous Brother

    Fuck the haters.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Thanks for not spoiling it. Really excited for this.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:24 a.m. CST


    by lv_426

    Sad isn't it? Can you imagine seeing the opening segments to hit films and or classics months before the whole movie is released? The Matrix James Bond films Fargo The Terminator Saving Private Ryan The list could go on, but a lot of these films listed draw you in like any good opening does. That is the point, to draw you into the movie, not as some advertisement tool cooked up by the marketing dept. That is what trailers are for. Of course, they used to make much better trailers back in the day. Much more mysterious and non-spoilery unlike all the trailers nowadays that are nearly 2.5 - 3 minutes long and give away all the twists and turns and nearly the whole damn plot of the film.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    What happened to you, Mr Beaks? You used to be cool

    by Wookie_Weed

    AICN used to be cool. Now this site is just an excuse for kickbacks and junkets. I watched a documentary the other day featuring Harry from 10 years ago, and how AICN had every studio in Hollywood pissing their pants. They're still pissing their pants, but from laughter.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:37 a.m. CST

    I apologise to all batfans...

    by digginjim

    ..but I can't stand the Nolan Batman movies. Boring, overwrought and (with the exception of Ledgers Joker) without the sense that these are COMIC BOOK stories.... Bales Batman is atrocious. what the hell is that ridiculous voice about?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST

    I hope we get another cool interrigation scene.

    by cameron

    Batman: 'grrah wrahh Bhanne morruuf' Bane: 'Rasshh ahhm wroool grrrrrr' Gordon: 'what?'

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    The opening scene...

    by The_Guy_Who_Invented_Coca_Cola

    ...apparently takes place on a plane, and I've already read it being called "Inception-like" on other sites. Putting 2 and 2 together, I'm guessing Nolan put that hallway gimbal to use again...

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:01 a.m. CST


    by loafroaster

    The preview for the Dark Knight worked great as an appetiser for the full film. You were given a brief glimpse of the Joker, an inkling of what his performance would be like, and nothing that spoiled any main plot points or took away from the anticipation of seeing the full thing. If anything, it made me anticipate the film even more.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:04 a.m. CST

    In this movie...

    by CuervoJones

    ...The Dark Knight (SPOILER) RISES!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:13 a.m. CST

    One of the good things ...

    by MorpheusTheSandman

    of living in Holland, is that we get movies with subtitles. So we'll understand Bane better then you Americans, I guess.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:24 a.m. CST

    The one question no one seems to be answering -- Is Bane big?

    by Sloopjohnb

    Ok, so you sort of hint at his size (no other reports even mention it), but I'm really curious to know whether or not Hardy's size will be enhanced at all using CGI. After all, regardless of how muscular he is, 5'10 makes for a small Bane. I'm not saying he should be a hulking beast akin to some WWE wrestler, but he should at least be bigger than Bale.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST

    @loafroaster sometimes an appetizer might cut your appetite.

    by KilliK

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST

    @lv_426 well said

    by KilliK

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace, Jerry Robinson

    by Daytripper69

    Early Batman artist, creator of the Joker. He was 89 years old.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Beaks, you lucky fuck.

    by cactusjack1972

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:38 a.m. CST

    by cactusjack1972

    That's all I got, really...

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Has anyone here been playing Arkham City?

    by Righteous Brother

    That's a great interpretation of Batman, would be an interesting way to go, if they re-booted the franchise, so you could work characters like Killer-Croc or the Ventriloquist into the story, yet somehow make them seem plausible. Mister Freeze was handled well in the Bruce Timm cartoon too.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    got my Mi4 ticket

    by teddy_duchamp

    Ok so Bane isn;t going to cripple Batman in the first 6 minutes but what does everyone think?; will Bane break Batmans back at some point in the film and finish his career or will the Dark Knight return a hero and defeat him? I cant see Nolan making a downer of the finale?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Nolan Batman= 2.4 hrs of LOTS AND LOTS OF TALKING!!!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Anyone expecting "epic" better get comfy because you're in for some endless talking and maybe 20-30 mins of action scene. And I'm being generous.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Bane will make Batman his bitch.

    by KilliK


  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST

    -Bane: yours too,you sexy capped crusader you.

    by KilliK

  • Beaks,i didnt know you were the producer of the film.Because if there is one person in the entire world that Nolan will give a fuck for his complaints,is the person that pays his salary and his movie.and that person is not you.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Hey..what happened to the BTS column?

    by disfigurehead

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Hardy should seriously consider some life insurance by now

    by Ricardo

    Ledger died at this point in production.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    I hate to cause problems for Nolan

    by brobdingnag

    Even the most diehard Nolan apologist has to take Nolan's cock out of his mouth at some point.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    If you want a WWE-style Bane...

    by loafroaster

    ...go watch Batman and Robin. Nolan was more concerned with getting a good actor for the role, I guess.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Wouldn't have thought ADR would be that much of a problem

    by Righteous Brother

    given that the film's not out for six months, and Bane wears a mask.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST

    What a great story

    by smallfry

    I've seen the DKR prologue but am not going to tell you anything about it. Well, I've seen the whole film and Prometheus and The Avengers and aren't going to tell you anything about those. Jesus, this site used to be good.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Summer Movies

    by hspahr

    Ah, God, I love movies. I read this teaser and started hyperventilating. I know Inception takes a lot of shit on this site, but if Nolan can move this series forward like he did with Inception, ...damn!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Batman's costume looks just as bad as Catwoman's.

    by lutz

    But the "Batman" elements of Nolan's movies have always been the weakest parts.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Mr Leaks

    by maxcadyuk

    Can we have this leaked on the t'internet pron'o please? Ta in advance. {{{}}} Max

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST

    riddle me this, beaks...

    by JAMF

    does he sound anything like the bane voice we heard in the mobile phone videos taken at the stadium? and would you say it's a finished voice or was that just tom hardy doing a version of the voice so they can dub it later? nolan did say they're editing now so it might be a stand-in till it gets cut together and dubbed...

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Nothing like a completely unintelligible character

    by rev_skarekroe

    Good thing re-looping his voice shouldn't be too tough.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 7:08 a.m. CST

    get Hank Azaria to dub Bane's voice

    by Spandau Belly

    Get him to do all of Bane's dialogue in 10 different voices and then make it a bluray feature that you get to pick which Bane voice you want to watch.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Would Nolan

    by Flibbertygibbet

    REALLY be showing a half-arsed version of this to journos? Sounds like they may have actually made a mistake with Hardy's vocals and we're just going to have to lump it. Still, not like we're not used to it, eh? Is there even time to fix it?

  • You're just contrarians. You hate what is awesome and love what sucks. "Titanic... overrated, diCaprio sucks" "Lord of the Rings... needed Tom Bombadil, ending was too long" "Cocktail... ACTUALLY, a pretty awesome movie!"

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I'm in the minority, but I think the Batman films are overrated


  • Dec. 9, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by DannyOcean01

    Wasn't there reference to a mid-flight heist in a supposed fan synopsis earlier in the year?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    I've had enough POP in my comic book movies.

    by MisterMxyzptlk

    Need I even make a list? I'll take the crime movies for right now.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Gordon eulogizing Harvey Dent?

    by Titus05

    I thought the movie took place around 8 years after Dark Knight?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Do Not Worry About Hardy's Accent.

    by Stewart Wolfe

    Marlon Brando was hardly understandable for substantial parts of his career but that didn't stop him being an acting genius. Tom's, of course, not his Marlon's league but don't worry about him in this movie. My guess is he'll do just pretty fine. Chris Nolan will make sure of that.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    That should read "Tom, of course, is not in Marlon's league......"

    by Stewart Wolfe

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Two leads whose voices we can't understand.

  • RIP Jerry Robinson. And, for all the haters. Bob Kane argued the extent of Robinson's input on everything. The Joker, Alfred, Two-Face, Robin. But read Kane's official biography - it is built on total fiction. His day at the beach with Monroe - a nobody at the time - whom he modelled Vicky Vale on . . . Sure Bob, you discovered her. His incredible escape from a violent gang - swinging valiantly from various high points - AKA - Zorro - in a scrap yard . . . total BS. Sorry Bob. And I'm a life long Batman geek. At least Stan the Man doesn't rag on his artists/co-creators.

  • -Batman: Bane,you will never murble murble grrrrlll grrrrrlll graaaa graaaaaa oscar winning dialog there boys and girls.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST


    by bdhthx1138

    ...Bane will sound just like Batman with tonsillitis?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Actually I hear their going to be playing the last

    by phifty2

    six minutes of Return of the Jedi. That would be cool.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Or Bane will sound like....

    by Stewart Wolfe

    ......someone who's been deep-throated. Mmmmmmmm. Yummy yum.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    And about this site:

    by phifty2

    Now that there are no scoops or insider shit can the people reporting use their real names. I understood when it was all hush hush on the q t type stuff but now it's kind of pathetic, like a 40 year old rapper running around as Professor Murder. Beaks Nordling Hercules Quint Enough!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Damn, I'm dying to see this.

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    OPERATION: EARLY BIRD starts today. Wait for it...

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    I'll break down a bit of it for you

    by Chain

    the "hostage" scene takes place on that C-130 Hercules plane. The CIA is taking possession of a Russian nuclear scientist. Leonid Pavel played by Alon Abutbul (who is later killed at the football stadium scene) when Bane hijacks the plane. Bane wants him to design "the weapon" that Bane is carrying around in that bomb truck you see in all those chase scenes.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Nolan says "Too bad, so sad" about Bane's unintelligible dialogue

    by Jaster Mareel

    He told Heat Vision in a post interview that "Oftentimes people don't understand dialogue in my films". He also says a big reason why people can't understand what he is saying is "because you can't see his lips". What a croc of conmplete SHIT! Has he ever seen a fuckign Spider-Man movie? Did he ever, for one second, have trouble understanding what Spider-Man was saying? Sounds like he's sticking with his mumbly bullshit and telling Warner's to go fuck themselves, though I don't know if he'll win that debate. I definitely remember in Batman Begins when Liam was training Christina on the ice that I had no idea what the fuck he was saying because the music swelled so loud. I actually had to turn on subtitles on the Blu-ray before I figured it out. Something like that, while somewhat annoying, I'm ok with because film is art and he chose to make that compromise because he really wanted that moment highlighted with the score. It worked beautifully, but it was sort of an important line because it was that Bruce needed to mind his environment, something that comes back later in the film. At least I think that's what it was, it's been awhile. But the main villain sounding like a drunk with down syndrome is not going to cut it. I was against Hardy from the start and I hadn't even considered this potential problem. Hopefully WB twists Nolan's arm up behind his back and whispers in his ear "I SAID....we're doing some ADR on Bane, and it's not up for discussion".

  • It's pretty clear that he likes it this way. And again in that interview he basically tells the world they can suck it.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by smallfry

    As much as I agree that this site has gone down the shitter recently, I think criticising aicn staffers for using aliases is a bit rich. Unless of course Phifty2 is your real name.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Warner Bros told you. Oh i see that's how it is now.

    by tradeskilz

    Are you going to report the cool news or be a simple marketing pawn for big cinema?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Hammer would break it down...

    by purplemonkeydw

    ho hooo hoo hoooo hoooo hooo hoooo hoo hooooo hooooh...stop hammah time.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Reminds me of Jar Jar

    by knowthyself

    Good Lord I couldn't understand half of what he was saying when I first saw it.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    @wrath_of_fett: You never learned to mind your surround sound

    by Tristan

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Well the entire dark knight had that AWFUL batman voice so...

    by knowthyself

    ...Nolan does what he wants regardless of how stupid it looks or sounds.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    I just want to say thank you..

    by richievanderlow

    to whoever decided that the southeast (outside of Florida) doesn't get this prologue in IMAX theatres. Not Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Nashville.. nowhere. That seems a little odd to me.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Arkham City

    by Andrew Quinsatt

    Best Batman of any format ever....

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    I knew someone would say that. That's how the internet is, users use handles, people who claim to be professional journalists should use their real name. I have a blog. I use my real name. No scoops no need for an alias.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Gotham is about to tear itself apart? AGAIN?

    by Cinemajerk

    Why does Batman even bother to defend such a city full of whiners? Sheesh!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Darmok and Jilaad at Tanagra

    by locke815

    Do we necessarily need to know what Bane is saying to enjoy the movie? Maybe that's part of what makes him a good villain. Like Falcone said "We fear what we don't understand." If we can't understand what this madman is saying, that's even scarier. Have you ever been yelled at by a dude in a foreign land in a language you didn't understand? Pretty damn scary.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    The south doesn't get the prologue because they suck

    by Jaster Mareel

    That's common knowledge. ;)

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    But yeah the Batman voice in Batman Begins was pretty fucked up

    by Jaster Mareel

    It was actually unintentionally funny much of the time, like when he's hanging that dirty cop off the ledge. They seemed to fix it for TDK though. Some digital manipulation made it sound better. Plus I suppose we had all grown a bit used to it.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    So...we won't be able to understand Bane AND Batman now?

    by Cinemajerk

    So....let me get this straight....we already can't understand Batman because he talks like Harvey Firestein with a mouth full of marbles....and NOW....Bane has diction problems??? LOL. Greaaaaat.

  • He won't screw this up.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Something I don't understand about TDK:

    by jawsfan

    In the scene where he shows Lucius Fox the fancy computer set up to monitor all the cellphone sonar, Batman speaks in his Batman voice instead of his normal Bruce Wayne voice. Why? Lucius Fox KNOWS Batman is Bruce Wayne. There's no reason for Wayne to use his gruff Batman voice when it's just the two of them in the room.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Nolan is in league with Pixar and Peter Jackson.

    by locke815


  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Jawsfan: the answer to your question

    by locke815

    The Bat-voice is caused by the suit constricting his throat. I don't know if that's true or not, just made it up. But it can't be disproven with the available evidence.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Something else I don't understand about TDK:

    by jawsfan

    The scene with the explosives on the ferries --- WHY? It doesn't go anywhere. It was tremendously anticlimactic. And if the ferries supposedly held thousands of people each, why only solicit votes from the several dozen in that small interior section? That entire sequence was half-baked at best. Typical Nolan -- he shoehorns stuff in just to shoehorn it in. Very little organic sense to it all.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    by Animorganimate

    Go to at 1:00 pm EST to see this trailer today.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Worse than not being able to hear Tom Hardy, will be...

    by locke815

    ... being able to hear Anne Hathaway. Yikes.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Bane is a gimp and hes gonna be drinking some bat juice

    by Jaymie69

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Wow digginjim

    by lprothro

    My sentiments exactly--although I'm glad everyone else seems to get so much enjoyment out of these films. I find them boring, pretentious, and oddly lacking in fight scenes for a Batman film. It's like a BBC/Masterpiece theatre interpretation. Looking forward to someone who isn't ashamed of the source material taking the reins on this one.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    The answer to jawsfan's second question...

    by locke815

    The Joker thought one of them would blow up the ferry for sure. It was a no-brainer to him. But Gotham "surprised" him. Of course, this would never happen. In our world, one boat would blow up the other boat for fun, before even learning about the ultimatum. There was a funny video on Tosh.0 where they re-enacted that scene from "The Box." An alien shows up and says "If you push this button, someone somewhere will die, but..." and the guy goes ahead and pushes the button. Hilarious.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Bane's Voice

    by kubricksnutsack

    Meanwhie, Batman speaks through gritted teeth, straining as if he is having a particularly tough shit. I think I must be the only person totally underwhelmed by Bale in these movies...

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    jawsfan, because he has the mask on

    by Jaster Mareel

    When he puts the mask on, he's Batman. Period. Forget the complete ludicrousness of how Bruce Wayne somehow has the technical know-how to upload a virus to every cell phone in Gotham that makes it a sonar projector/receiver/translator, and then miraculously programmed the "bat computer" to formulate all that data into a sonar map of the city. And thank God it just happened to zero in on the Joker's face just as he was holding it right up to the phone. Oh and apparently sonar can see makeup. Yeah that scene was total bullshit, not to mention kind of endorsed illegal wiretapping which was a hot topic at the time.

  • Wait, hear me out: Obviously it would be a bit comical at first, yeah? You'd just laugh out loud every time he did it. But maybe, over the course of the movie, you'd start to get a little uncomfortable. The guy's some sort of tactical genius, brutal and strong, and you just never know what he's thinking. How messed up must he be mentally if this is how he communicates? Eventually the Chewie-crooning starts getting seriously unsettling. He's obviously smart, he's got some master plan to take over Gotham and he succeeds, so why is he just making animal noises all the time? What is wrong with him? What kind of horrible thing is he going to do next? And how do all his cronies understand him? SERIOUSLY, HE JUST MADE LIKE SOME DOG NOISE AND ALL HIS HENCHMEN KNOW WHAT TO DO, HOW IS THAT HAPPENING I'M SCARED. EVERYONE IN THE MOVIE UNDERSTANDS HIM SO WAIT WHAT IF I'M CRAZY? WHAT IF HE'S TALKING NORMALLY AND I'VE GONE MAD AND I CAN ONLY HEAR WOOKIE NOISES NOW OH JESUS HOW AM I GOING TO DO MY JOB I'M IN SALES? Right? Right?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    real dialog from Dark Knight Rises

    by MamboMan

    Bane" rhhaa aggrhhh ghaaaa rghaa " Batman "rhaaagggaaa what? hrraaaaaa" Bane "what? aaaahhahh rrrrhgghhh agghrrr" Batman "ghhrrraaammm gggrhaaammmmm what?" Bane" What?" Batman "What?" Bane "What?" Batman "What?"

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Fair point phifty2

    by smallfry

    Though I was kind of hoping that phifty2 was your real name

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    WB'S recent animated "Year One"

    by lprothro

    Was leaps and bounds ahead of any of the live-action films, including these Nolan ones. Now if someone can bring that to the screen--they'd have my interest.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by Chadley BeBay

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Bale's Batman Voice is Amazing

    by Chadley BeBay

    I'm sick of you no-vision pieces of shit who complain about it. Fuck you and your idiotic opinions. Jesus christ.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    spacehog, ha ha, thanks for that

    by Jaster Mareel

    Brings up a great point though. if nobody can understand what the fuck he's saying, he's going to spend a lot of time repeating orders. BANE: Got the Bmfffh grch! HENCHMAN: .......Errrrm.......How's that go again? BANE: GET THE BFRMCH GRSCCCCCCCH! HENCHMAN: Get the uh.....blow torch? BANE: I'm going to fghck kresch you if you dnch gscrh the Bmscrgh gresch! HENCH: Get the bunf grunch? What the fuck does that mean? Maybe if you'd take the armadillo off your fucking face... *Bane yanks the henchmans head off* BANE: Will somgrudy grunch the brmmch PLEASE? *everybody scatters* *mumbles of "fuck this shit" can be heard*

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    This movie will suck.

    by magazoid

    I can't believe you compared Christopher Nolan to David Lean.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Banned from describing this is pretty fucking stupid.

    by knowthyself

    REALLY now you can't even describe the trailer? Good grief.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Bales batman voice was awesome until...

    by knowthyself

    He had to do long lines of dialogue with it in the dark knight. Holy fucking shit was a travesty! When he kept it short and simple in Batman Begins it was a terrific voice. Then he realized he had to KEEP the voice and then recite long lines of dialogue with it and it all went down hill from there. He should have just said, fuck it, the voice doesn't work in this context let's just change it.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Nolan is retarded

    by Billy_D_Williams

    Kubrick would never show the first six minutes of his film before release date. Neither would Cameron, or Soderbergh, or PTA, or Tarantino...what gives? What's the point? As if this film isn't already hyped enough? And his Batman movies are not that good. Bale is a fucking bore as Bruce Wayne, Maggie dog faced scenery chewing Gyllenhal was not a believable love interest, Nolan is not good at shooting action scenes, the score was repetitive and forgettable, etc, etc,

  • too many to count

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST


    by KilliK jesus h christ,Hardy should take a precaution or two,the shooting wraps up in a month and it was at that point of time that Ledger died..

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    when the walls fell

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    What site has full details?

    by ImperialMarchFace

    I just want to know what happens in that montage at the end. I can assume enough of the plane stuff. </p> Is there a site out there that just went ahead and posted a detailed description of this?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    chadley bebay,

    by The Krypton Kid

    you are clearly a very stupid person.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    This just in

    by seasider

    Nolan is planning to bring in James Earl Jones to dub Bane's voice. Nobody else working on the movie will know about it until the premiere. Joking aside, it wouldn't be the first time a villain was hard to understand in a movie. I also agree with some of the posters in that I'm not a huge fan of this flasher/peep show mentality some studios have with their movies. Test screenings of rough cuts of the movies are one thing but dangling a carrot by showing a few minutes of a movie is just a cheap marketing ploy.

  • Impress me Nolan. Give me your "realistic" reasoning on Batman fighting with a fifteen year old.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Bane: Gertt mi umpkem spi kife Henchman: Pumkin spiced cofee? I don't think they have those anymore. Bane: Gert mi fweret fgsu braaaaa Henchman: Man I wish the guy who played the Joker didn't die.

  • they did with Batman in the Joker interrogation scene in TDK: they should make a similar one with Bane talking to Batman.heh.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Montage description

    by ImperialMarchFace

    It seems like the montage at the end of this was just showing quick shots of some scenes later in the movie, and is not actually part of the movie. Beaks can you confirm/deny this?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I've always thought Movie trailers should be a scene from the movie

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Don't tell me that 12 minutes of Dark Knight didn't have you all thinking "Holy shit! this looks fucking awesome. I want more!". I'd much rather see a scene from the film to give me an idea of the tone, than the whole film in 3 minute trailer. Nolan got it right...again.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I never had a problem with Batman's voice...

    by notcher

    True the Batman Begins one is better, but ultimately i'ts never screeched my ears like a lot of other people's. I'm pretty excited about this film, and I'm not really going to argue with people about it, those who say these batman films aren't very good and suggest the Burton one's are better, well......I got nothing. BRING IT!!!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    ...immersive virtues of the IMAX format...

    by puto tenax

    Beaks please, elaborate if you would. I would like to know his thoughts here. It seems IMAX is so underused and worth exploring. What did Nolan say?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I generally LOVE the Nolan Bat films. The one flaw, I'd agree...

    by Orbots Commander Bale's interpretation, or rather, what Nolan let Bale get away with using, as the grumbly Bat voice. I get that it's supposed to be part of the 'disguise', but when it's used even in big emotion packed scenes that are supposed to be hard hitting, and Bale uses the growly voice, well, I remember it caused gales of laughter in my theater audience. I'm hoping the Bane-voice isn't a repeat of that.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I will say this......

    by notcher

    I'm reading a lot of comments about how "Batman should have been this way or that way." The ONLY fucking reason you guys have a good idea to comment on is because Nolan DIDN'T do what everyone thought he should've done in the first place. If you don't dig his Batman vision, cool, but it's different than what came before, thank God. And if that means it doesn't stand out as a "Comic Book Movie" whatever the fuck that means, then I don't give a shit. I've seen about 4 "Comic Book Movies" this year and not one of them has impressed me. So I don't get that argument. Batman is good for its realism. If you hate the voice, again, cool, but please enough with the "I gots me a sweet, funny post, here's a scene from TDKR, Batman:GGRRRRBLGRRRRR, Bane:GRRHAAATBHHYYYY, Batman:GRRRRRRRR." Seriously? I mean seriously, you people are still posting that shit as if it hasn't been done for the last seven years?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Orbots Commander....

    by notcher

    I actualy thought Bale's interpretation was weak in TDK, but in re-watching BB recently, I actually loved his batman character in that one. BB is the better overall film, Ledger just made TDK so much fun!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Chris Nolan has also improved in directing action sequences.

    by Orbots Commander

    JSG running and fighting in the dream hotel hallway sequence in INCEPTION, for example, where he's scaling the walls, is superbly staged, and it's basically filmed in a wider shot and all the thrown punches aren't intercut. I also really dug the nod to the James Bond movies in the snow fortress sequence.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Keaton's Batman voice was best

    by Billy_D_Williams

    It was subtle and menacing

  • sorry,but the snow action scenes were atrocious. i agree about the hotel hallway sequence though.that was superb.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    sorry, the hallway fight in Inception doesn't count

    by Billy_D_Williams

    it's basically one shot, which ANYBODY could stage...and the fight choreographers did the rest. if you think Nolan has gotten better at action, I give you: The Snow Sequence from Inception one of the most badly directed action sequences i've seen in a long time, its flat, boring, shaky cam for the sake of it, garbage

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Nolan's Bat films are the better ones, but...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...Keaton has been the best Batman, in my opinion of course. His performance was effective, but subtle, though it wasn't noticed due to Nicholson's and Devito's scenery chewing. And you know the performance works, because you forget that Keaton isn't a very physically imposing guy, yet he pulls it off, and makes you suspend disbelief that he can be Batman. That's good acting.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    yes, Keaton was the best Batman

    by Billy_D_Williams

    he got the pathos of the character down pat...he was subtle, menacing, crazy behind the eyes, charming, you liked him Bale on the other hand comes off as whiney, boring, dull...

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Less than 30 minutes until Operation: Early Bird

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Keaton also took the Bat performance to its logical conclusion....

    by Orbots Commander

    ...into full-on psycho, in PACIFIC HEIGHTS, another underrated performance of his.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    It worked for Bale's Batman(?)

    by Baked

  • Really? That's why? Funny... I never had any problems understanding Darth Vader or C-3P0 in Star Wars, and I couldn't see their lips moving. Love you Nolan, but I'm just saying... that is a weak reason to give for the sound issues.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    After the Nolan trilogy is complete, I think it'd be interesting...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...if Warners asked Burton and Keaton to come back for one more go-round in the Bat-verse, with an older Batman obviously. In Burton's Gotham, you could get away with using Clayface or Man-Bat.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Kevin Conroy is Batman

    by CuervoJones

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Keaton was a decent Batman, a bad Bruce Wayne

    by Spandau Belly

    Keaton definately can never seem like some uppercrust privledged son. He'll always come across like a totally middleclass average working joe. He looks all wrong bumbling around Wayne Manor and sitting at that big banquet table. Bale has a good upperclass smugness.

  • got me a couple for London, should be worth a look

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    the World's Greatest Detective

    by the new transported man

    Batman didn't really do any detective work in Batman Begins, & it seems like they shoehorned it (i.e. the bullet reconstruction, the cell phone sonar) into Dark Knight. Obviously it's an essential part of Batman's character, but Batman is an unrealistic character. In the Christopher Nolan movies, Batman's gritty & realistic, but that gritty, realistic Batman wouldn't also know how to make or use software that reconstructs bullets & turns a city of cell phones into a sonar computer. So I can appreciate the attempt to retain that part of Batman, the part that investigates, but it's not like it was depicted in the comic books or Batman: TAS.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    I understood completely what Humongours was saying mr Nolan

    by KilliK

    and he was physically what Bane should have been.

  • WRONG. Especially in the TAS series,Batman's detective skills were part of the story frequently. For instance,in one episode,the one where Batman loses his memory,Bruce Wayne disguises himself as a hobo in order to investigate a series of kidnaps in GC.

  • I want to see more footage, and more characters than what we'd get in the Prologue. Damn, may have to see Tom Cruise movie twice, or at least sneak into the beginning of one and walk out after the trailer. It just can't get here fast enough!!!!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    I don't mind Bane having any sort of distinct dialect or accent...

    by Jarrete Barnett

    but there's no reason why he should go the entire movie sounding like Kenny.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    You're missunderstanding what the new transported man is saying. He's saying it was depicted well in TAS and the Nolan movies do not depict it like that.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    causing problems for Nolan...

    by Bobba Phat

    Yeah, I had to laugh at that. I can imagine Nolan sitting w/his laptop open in the editing bay say, "shit: an internet blogger is unhappy with Bane's linguistics. Guess we're in for massive dialogue loops: gotta please the internet bloggers" lol

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Haters gonna hate

    by TitusPullo

    Nolan rules.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    To anybody complaining about this movie...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    ...go check out the new Battleship trailer and reflect on how this franchise could have been handled...

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    in like flynn

    by Broken_Bad

    got my passes for next tuesday night. fuckin stoked!!! that gofobo website is shit though. took fuckin forever

  • I don't think so, to be honest. None of the characters had "super" powers caused by mutations/genetic tampering. they were all pretty human. Penguin was deformed at birth, but that isn't the same thing as a man who can turn into mud or a half man/half bat creature. I think we would end up seeing the Riddler or Two-face (Burton style), or maybe the Scarecrow. All that said, a 3rd Burton Batman would be fantastic! The question is... would he do it?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST has probably the best description of it

    by Kammich

    Doesn't break it down beat-for-beat, but they explain it more in depth than I've seen it anywhere else. Especially in regards to how it ties into the recent viral marketing stuff. Personally, I don't want a spoiler-filled, shot-for-shot breakdown. Nor do I really care to see it out-of-context before MI:3. Aaand, I don't even have a legitimate IMAX in my area, so its a moot point. I went into "The Dark Knight" having not seen the Joker intro beforehand and it paid off greatly for me as a much better filmgoing experience.

  • Not even post links to other sites that are? Yes, the internet really is groundbreaking technology...

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    stop trying to intellectualize this nonsense

    by HaterofCrap

    after all the hype and money involved the Nolan's lame batman movies, arkham city came along and kicked all their asses. a fucking video game.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Hey Beaks!

    by Johnny Law

    How was the music during the clip? Was it a temp track or did it sound like something new?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by Dark Knight Lite

    Took almost two hours, but I finally got regestered on the gofobofuckyouasshole website and scored passes for Tuesday! Bring it, Nolan!!!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by Adam Jones

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by Darth_Kong

    Is Arkham City a cool game? During Thanksgiving I kept hearing this old guy talking about how after he gets home and puts his kids to bed he's gonna stay up all night and play Arkham City. I was kinda blown away and I kept thinking are you serious? But you see how things are.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    atheron, the fuck are you talking about?

    by Jaster Mareel

    Catwoman was magically licked back to life by cats!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Best version of Batman will always be 90's Animated

    by sunwukong86

    no movie version has got him right imho

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    darth_kong Arkham City is damn good

    by MRJONZ72

    Been playing it for about 3 weeks now. Much bigger world than Arkham Asylum which was until AC came out was the best game ever based on a comic book character. Also I feel that you have to look no further than that game for ideas for the next series of movies. I think it lends it self cinematically If you haven't played AC you might want to pick that up first on the cheap. Some great takes on all the characters (i.e Scarecrow), except for Bane, I feel that they didnt do him justice. But my gripes are minimal.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Humungous does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Actually if Bane sounded like Humungous that would be AWESOME!!!! 'Jus walk away... leave the oil, the refinery, the rig..' 'Jus walk away.. I give you safe passage through the vilderness..' 'Jus walk away...' Pls pls tell me that Nolan's vision of Bane was inspired by the Humungous! Beaks you non-spoling imbargo-gay wuss child, spill the beans Beaks. What's the fuck in frequenting this cess pool if you're all gayed up like Entertainment Weekly? Break the cool news and to hell with the consequences.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    So Bane talks like..

    by Raymond Shaw

    ysmmn, Gotham is occupied....and it will be for a considurble time

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    There are pretty substantial rumors that the trailer for PROMETHEUS....

    by Billy_D_Williams

    will be online HD streaming by Monday

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    io9 has all the spoilers -

    by simpledao4

  • remember the japanese guy in Inception? Didn't about 25% of the reviewers mention how unintelligible he was too? Seems like Nolan has a fetish for jarring voice acting, and when you give a guy like him final cut/say you're going to get some bizarre curveball shit that just isn't good in any way.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    'ProjectEarlyBird' is apparently just a ...

    by simpledao4

    viral ruse. Another 'map clue'-

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I Finally Gave TDK A Proper Blu-ray Screening Last Week

    by Autodidact

    Great movie, but during the end scenes the voice got so stupid I couldn't stop thinking about College Humor Batman.

  • Don't be so fucking stupid. Nolans movie version of Batman is as good as it's going to get for Batman (and every other super hero) on the big screen .

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    vetepalapinga, agreed

    by Mattman

    Just because something works great as a video game doesn't mean it should be a movie.... anymore than Dark Knight should be made into a video game. Both Arkham City and Dark Knight masterfully make the most of their respective mediums.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    In order of greatness

    by donkey_lasher

    1.Batman 2. The Dark Knight 3. Batman Returns 4. Batman Begins 5. Batman Forever 6. Batman the 1960's movie. 7. I don't want to talk about the rest.

  • stupid douche

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    donkey_lasher, that's your opinion. However your opinion is not shared by the rest of the world. The review aggregate website metacritic states the top 4 reviewed Batman movies are in fact: 1/ THE DARK KNIGHT 2/ BATMAN BEGINS 3/ BATMAN 4/ BATMAN FOREVER

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    rkdn, WTF are you talking about?

    by Mattman

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by daggor

    Tom Cruise needs to go away, Brad Bird be damned.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    The Top Batman Movies of All Time Are, Drumroll Please!


    1. Batman and Robin 2. Batman Forever 3. X Men 3 4. Fantastic 4 5. Daredevil

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    so Nolan was even more focused on the opening scene


    this time, he wants to build hype for his movie with this IMAX screening. Let's hope the rest of the film is equally exciting.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    I wonder if Bane escapes the airplane


    in between 2 falling skydivers, then pulls his chute, seemlessly blending in with the traffic escaping police attention. That would be so lame, why would there be a space between the 2 parachuters? there's no traffic in the sky or what? this movies gonna suck

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    2012 might be the best year for scifi/fantasy since 1982

    by Cureguy

    Prometheus,Dark Knight Rises,The Hobbit...all have the potential to be great films.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    So frick'n happy...

    by Tom Fremgen

    to keep hearing good news about this flick! So totally can't wait!!!!! Plug- Please read my comic book:

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    No love for Mask of the Phantasm?

    by zooks727

    Was that not released in theaters? That remains my favorite Batman film. One of Mark Hamill's best appearances as the Joker. Though, I feel Return of the Joker was pretty much Hamill's finest voice acting work (just wasn't as good of a movie).

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    wouldn't the police just stop and question all the parachuters?


    fucking PLOT HOLE

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Here's the best description yet

    by Crusty_Juggler <p> Don't say I never gave you anything.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    that guy revealed everything lol


    the shocker is the end. Batman's shredded mask in Bane's clenched fist. Oh snap!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    WB...I beg of you. Bruce Timm/Paul Dini for the reboot.

    by Jobacca

    Or if the money is tight,just Paul Dini. Look at the mans comics work. Look at Arkham City. The man knows the Bat. Anything live-action that has the Dini/Timm stamp on it is going to hit the sweetspot so fucking hard EVERYONE will be saying "Nolan who?". My dream is to one day see an hour long HBO live-action Batman series written and produced by those two.....

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    The first Batman movie is still the best...

    by workshed

    Adam West, Burt Ward, Frank Gorshin, Burgess Meredith, Caesar Romero, Lee Meriwether. My two young kids and all their cousins love it; couldn't give a toss about Burton/Nolan's worlds. So, there you have it - BATMAN IS, WAS, AND SHOULD BE, FOR KIDS! Let's get this shit out of the way and reboot it with a sense of humour... Bruce Campbell please.

  • I love Nolan, I really do. But he's gotten really, really pretentious here with showing this prologue on IMAX 70mm screens. There's only so many of those but a shitload of smaller IMAX screens and legions and legions of his fans and fans of Batman (myself and my friends included) who don't have the time or money to drive six or more hours to the nearest IMAX 70mm screen to this. I mean this is fucking ludicrous. You want to build buzz for your blockbuster with this prologue, bring it to the people. Don't make it so fucking exclusive that only a small minority will get to see it. How about throwing everybody a bone and one week after showing it on 70mm screens, release on regular screens or put it up in full HD on the net. Just sayin'. Nolan and the WB could have gotten a ton more of money from me and everybody else who won't get to see this. Too bad.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Batman Begins Rocks! The Dark Knight is a classic...

    by GravyAkira

    so all the haters need to shut the fuck up! If you don't like these Batman movies, please tell me what it is that you guys consider to be good? Dont try to tell me X-Men First Class or some shit either. "I'm not wearing hockey pads!"

  • My biggest issue as a fan with all these BTS photos of the new Dark Knight is that BANE is shorter than Batman. :(

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Batman dies at the end of this movie

    by Jon Snow

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Juno Temple's probably playing Catwoman's roommate.

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

  • ...Showing its become part of his personality. Rachel : "Im not sure there will ever come a time when you dont need Batman" Millers Year One (during batmans first appearance) and some 70's issues also reference Batman using growls when speaking. Its not something Nolan made up.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Humongous for BANE.and Wez as his sidekick.FACT.

    by KilliK

    You disobey me! You puppy!

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by Ace of Wands

    the voice is obviously all to do with psychology; when Bruce Wayne is in his Batman guise he IS The Batman and he will speak in that voice, it's not JUST a matter of disguise, he completely inhabits the character, it is part of his psyche. As for the ferry scene, the whole point of it was to show the Joker that the people of Gotham were not the rabid dogs that he described them as and in fact that scene harks back to Batman Begins and the reason that Wayne would not execute the murderer when training with the League of Shadows. Wayne stated clearly in THAT film that there were decent people in Gotham, people worth saving, it is actually the quest that he is on, why he became the symbol of The Batman; so the ferry scene may seem to you to be incongruous but it is actually part of Batman's raison d'etre.

  • The Nolan Batmovies are the best comicbook based movies we have and all of you fucks know it. You are just crying out because you cannot stand to have no marvel movies operate on this high a level. Nolan is the best director working In Hollywood right now and Batman is the best superhero ever created. Deal with it, you fucks.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 3:47 a.m. CST

    So Catwoman instead of Robin? More DKR influence?

    by Daredrummer

    So....I think I see where Catwoman may fit into all of this. Many people speculate this film will take several cues from the genre-defining 80s classic, The Dark Knight Returns. In that story, we see a female Robin who kind of forces her way into the role. Also, the third Robin, Tim Drake, felt that Batman needed a Robin for balance and more or less blackmailed his way into the role. Seems to me we may be seeing a blend of these roles, and more speculation to back up Dark Knight Returns influence...


  • Dec. 10, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    =Its not something Nolan made up.=

    by KilliK

    But does it work in the cinematic medium? In the comics you dont hear sounds and use your imagination,your own voice,that's why it works. But in a movie,in a dramatic scene when the protagonist expresses his drama with growls instead of his emotional voice,then the dramatic atmosphere is destroyed and you cant immerse yourself to the protagonist's drama,regardless if his growling is him being in character.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Choking does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    killik I like when Wes's sidekick gets bommeranged and Humungous has to choke a bitch to bring him back in line. Nooo... We go in... NOOOO... Kill them, kill them all, kill them... Be still my dog of war. (choke) Ve all los someone we love. (Wes turning blue) Ve do it my way. (punk passes out) Take him away. All the best baddies choke their henchmen. Just look at Vader. If Bane doesn't choke up some of his lackeys then ill be sorely disappointed!

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST

    it's not like the dialogue in TDK was that good


    who cares if you can't understand what the fuck Bane is babbling about amirite

  • Still, that's weird that they would release it like that. But I mean... c'mon. Like, do you *really* think they'll have an entire movie where you can't hear a major characters dialogue? Of course, maybe it's intentional, and it will become part of a running gag in the movie where, like, his thugs can't understand his orders, lots of shrugging of shoulders and comical misunderstandings. Bane's frustration mounts cause nobody takes him seriously, even when he kills tons of people on a whim; it's all born of frustration and an inferiority complex.

  • Coincidence? Or does the mumbler from Athens Georgia have something to hide. This reporter wants to know.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by proevad

    That about sums it up--perfectly.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Minibane the Mumbler stole Hulk Hogan's Tumbler...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    It's not too late, though - Mike Judge can still record a voiceover for Bane, in the Boomhauer way.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I wonder

    by lead_sharp

    If they'll have Batman in this? NOTHING I have seen so far has given me even a semi for this and frankly thingy in that cat suit made me loose all hope. I'm STILL going to see this, I'm PROBABLY completely wrong about how it looks so far, but even without taking part in all the viral nonsense of The Dark Knight by this point in the movie's promotion I was intrigued and certainly looking forward to it. Looking forward to seeing if a proper trailer will ignite a little interest. Much like Man of Steel this is leaving me cold.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Please dont put Nolan's name in the same sentence as Kubrick

    by Billy_D_Williams

    it doesn't belong there.

  • Probably not. He has the mask on, the apparatus, and he has the accent. It's a tough one. He's incredibly hard to understand.

  • Probably not. He has the mask on, the apparatus and he has the accent. It's a tough one. He's incredibly hard to understand.

  • After the screening was over, I was allowed a quick second to shake Christopher Nolan's hand. I had to ask, =Are we going to be able to understand anything Bane says?= This was his response: =Probably not. He has the mask on, the apparatus, and he has the accent. It's a tough one. He's incredibly hard to understand.= From an interview with EW: Nolan: =I don't like to use ADR sound - I don't like to record the dialogue after.=

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    the first bit from a movieweb article

    by Billy_D_Williams the second from EW http://http//

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Wait, so it *is* intentional? Oh geez... that sounds *really* dumb.

    by NeonFrisbee

    Are they shooting for camp now, then? 'Cause that is only going to come off as either irritating, unintentionally hilarious, or both. Something tells me Nolan must be putting that journalist on and/or they're gonna fix it up in post.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Here he is!

    by JackPumpkinhead <p><p> What's funny is that those "In Nolan I trust" masturbators vomited trying to convince themselves that this was "just temporary" and "Hardy was joking", when this clip was released: <p><p> And now that it seems that the voice of an English drunk in a pub will be the one used, they are already farting out praises of this "daring decision" and "amazing originality" of having a mumbler who can't be understood. Wow! A villain who goes "mmmmwhwmwmwmwmmmhmhmhmhm" at the hero! That's threatening! And inventive! And realistic! And dark! And grim! And soooooo gritty! <p> <p> But what's even funnier is that if someone with a brain orders Nolan to fix it and record real and audible dialogue for the character, then the same sad masturbators will be yelling how great it is that he's so clearly audible. <p>

  • actually Nolan's weak explanation about the problem with Bane's voice gives a hint of what i had suspected about him for some time now: the guy is an arrogant douche. Ofc i might be wrong,i dont know him personally but i dont know. it's something in his face,his posture while shooting,the way he talks in his interviews,how he bashed 3D while being clueless about the technology,the fact that he whitewashed without any apparent reason two foreign comic characters,that he keeps hiring mostly white non-american actors for the main roles of his films,the fact that he cant handle the women in his movies very well,who usually end up getting killed,that his movies tend to be so much grounded to reality,so strict,so serious,so pedestrian and emotionless. I dont know,i like and respect him a lot,but i feel that there is something dark hidden behind his good manners and sweet talks. I wouldnt be surprised that deep down inside him,he completely hates the Batman movies ,he hates the praise and love that he gets from the fans,he even hates the fact that Ledger left him alone with the fear that he might fail to prove to the world,through TDKR,that TDK was equally his own achievement,like it was Ledger's. That he believes that his superior intellect and talent is wasted with kiddies films made to sell toys,that he will be remembered in the movie history as the director of TDK and not the director of 2001 or the director of Taxi Driver,that he will never succeed to put his name in the pantheon of the immortal directors like Kubrick's or Scorcese's,because he sold his art to make big-budget blockbusters and became Hollywood's whore in order to earn the funds for his own ambitious projects. I look too much into it and i am full of shit? maybe,probably. But as i already said,it's something in his face.i cant define it,i cant interpret it but i am absolutely sure that it is there.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    These sites you say are actually spilling the beans on this are just as vague as this AICN's report. Respecting a trust isn't NOT doing your job, it's the opposite actually and you just don't have any idea how this stuff works. How long do you guys think AICN would get access to anything worth reporting if they violated every non-disclosure agreement, casual, verbal OR written and signed? Not long. Grow up. You're welcome.

  • What is funny is that when the video,which was showing the shooting of the scene where Bane was giving his speech to the crowd in the stadium,was leaked,a lot of talkbackers pointed out and criticized that Bane's voice was not only sounding stupid and bad but also it was difficult to understand it. Many other talkbackers tried to justify that by saying that it was an external shooting so Bane couldnt be heard very well,that the amateur video was recorded in a mobile phone and it had bad audio quality,that it was not Hardy as Bane who was shouting in that scene by his double,that it was indeed Hardy but he was rehearsing before the actual shooting and that even if the voice turned out to be bad,it would have been audio-enhanced or ADR-ed later in the post-production. The above explanations were reasonable and possible.Although there witnesses from the crow in the stadium who said that Bane was played by Hardy,his voice was exactly like that and that he was doing the shooting,not a rehearsal. Now after all those speculations and debates,it has been confirmed that this is truly how Bane is going to sound in the movie and that it is intentional from the director. Will this hurt both the character of Bane in the movie and the movie itself? Probably not,the movie will obviously gross 1B dollars,will be praised as the best batman movie ever made and it will be nominated for the oscars. But i do find it amusing,that even now,even after it has been confirmed that Bane's voice is unintelligible to the point of ridiculousness,that the Nolanoids keep apologizing on behalf of Nolan and justifying this decision of his.And they do this despite the fact that their original argument that this was not going to be Bane's voice has already been refuted. Oh well,more laughs for me i guess.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST


    by Number9997

    Go fuck yourself!!!! Seriously, go have someone fuck you up your ass with an iron strap-on!!!!! That is the dumbest thing anyone has ever posted on AICN! FUCK YOU!!!

  • That will never happen in the Nolaverse.Another character that you will never see in this universe is Robin. So no,i wouldnt go on saying that Nolan copied the Batman universe of the 90s/Miller's comics.Influenced yes but the Nolaverse is its own,separate beast.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by KilliK is it me or the marketing campaign and the movie's theme contradict each other?

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by KilliK Above the tagline says 'The Legend Ends',while below the title says 'TDK Rises' is it me or the marketing campaign and the movie's theme contradict each other?

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    The one voice that needs work on is Bale's Batman!

    by Dr_PepperSpray

    "HOCKY PANSSS".. or Pants, or Pads, or whatever the fuck he tried to say. <P> Seriously, Bales' Batman is visually great to watch but once he opens his mouth to speak I fight the real urge to chuckle. Like that last scene with Batman and the Joker, seriously? Why wasn't that re-shot. It's so horribly over the top and laughable. <P> I still don't understand why he has to growl his dialog.. Just change the tone in post jackasses.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    I'm Betting Everything on Sebulba!

    by ImBettingEverythingOnSebulba

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    thankyou Killik, it is now my background

    by DarthBlart

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    =it being the primary INFLUENCE on these films=

    by KilliK

    BINGO.influence.that's the magic word.See how you used the same word like i did? Read my post again.I dont deny that these comics helped Nolan to create his universe. What i am saying is that despite sharing similar styles,atmospheres and themes,they are separate entities,not only because they belong to different mediums but also because they serve the visions of different creators in different circumstances for different purposes. Superman and Robin might not be in YO,but they are in TDK which was written by the same artist with the same style,atmosphere and characterization. On the other hand Nolan is openly against the appearance of Robin and Superman in his own cinematic universe. Why? Because they dont appear in the YO? No.Because the movies are his own creation,his own rules,his own setup,his own vision,his own beast.And he wants to stay faithful to that vision of his no matter what. That's my point.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    @darthblart no problem mate.

    by KilliK

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of Eisenberg in Social Network

    by Clockwork Taxi

    LOVE the film. But Eisenberg's annunciation of words in the opening scene with Rooney was horrid. What did he say? I can't understand him. He's mumbling. Killed an otherwise great film.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    @deaft0ne i know about it.and i already gave you my answer.

    by KilliK

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    hsstudios i had the same problem

    by cookiemunstahh

    nice to know im not just deaf... i also had that problem in other nolan films... i had to keep asking my friend annoyingly "what did he/she just say?" i think they really need to turn down those horrendously loud horns--i think it makes you go deaf after a while so you can't hear the dialog.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    IMAX can fuck itself.....

    by ZodNotGod

    Seriously, I saw Dark Knight in IMAX and it did not impress. It only made things BIGGER not better. I will skip that this time. Not sure why thhat movie was in IMAX other than some cool action scenes, it did not need it, say something like Star Wars which was seen in IMAX and was just sexy good.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    I do love BB and TDK, but Bale...

    by ZodNotGod

    Is terrible...a hammy actor that Nolan has to rein in, but there are flashes of his crap throughout like the final scene with the Joker as mentioned. Bale wont be of much use after these films are done, he's awful in nearly everything he does. Prententiousness, ego, not sure why, he he is Pacino-esque now, only not as funny. Kudos to Nolan for not allowing Bale to ruin the films, which he hasn't, its the non-Bat stuff he fucks.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Hmmm let's see


    Bale's top performances: fuck. there's so many great ones, don't know what's the best.... 1. The Prestige 2. American Psycho 3. The Fighter 4. Harsh Times 5. The Machinist

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Years down the road....I'd like to see...

    by ZodNotGod

    Batman Beyond with Wayne as the old bitter prick training a youngster...Keaton would work, but keep that fucking hack Burton far away. Asshole.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    dont even have to change the name for the porn parody

    by john

    and the first 6 minutes can be just babes in costume getting the dark knight to rise

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 6:46 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    you forgot EMPIRE OF THE SUN.

  • one: to scare the living shit out of the criminals, who in the Batverse are a superstitious bunch; two: to disguise who's behind the mask (this one should be beyond obvious) and as a 3rd bonus purpose: it indicatred wshen Bruce Wayne is being batman and not wayne. basically, and in a fine irony, it means when he dropped the bruce wayne mask and BECOMES batman. when he uses the bat voice, he's full on batman mode. this should be very fucking pobvious as well. and if you have problems with this, then maybe this nolan's batman movies ar enot for you. try the schummaker's batman movies instrad, they don't have that "anoying" batman voice in them and everybody in a mask talks with the same civilian voice they have when unmasked. really, for pete's sakes!

  • It sounds like it's' starting to tip into camp territory, but I still think it's gonna be a good moviefilm. If TDK is an A+ (and it is), and Batman Begins was a B+ (it is), then this'll probably be a B. If Bane's voice is supposed to be unintelligible, then it *should* be a character point -- other characters should react to that, and it should also lead to gag-riffs on it. Anywho, it's impossible to judge until we actually see the movie. I'm still psyched to see it even if some of it sounds dumb.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Is Harsh Times a good movie?

    by Autodidact

    Always looked at it on the video shelf, never rented it.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    WB has just announced it's canceling the film...

    by fathergreedosarducci

    ...since Beaks couldn't understand Bane. IT RUINS EV-ERY-THIIIIIIIING. Jesus on a Vespa, Beaks.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST


    by FluffyUnbound

    ...his movies tend to be so much grounded to reality,so strict,so serious,so pedestrian and emotionless...

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    So let me get this straight....

    by ethan

    Mr. Beaks was INVITED to a screening and was asked politely NOT to reveal too much. And he's getting shit on for that? as for I don't see anything different over there. If AICN comes back in a few days with "EXCLUSIVE" details then I'll call shenanigans. 'Till then, chill out ppl.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Maggie dog faced scenery chewing Gyllenhal

    by ethan

    Yes, I'm so glad they killed her off. What an ugly woman. one of the more punchable faces I've seen on a female in a long time.

  • Just a Yes or No is all I ask. :(

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Hardy is a mumbler

    by Manatee

    I've always thought so. It's the one knock I have against him. I'm sure Nolan will do a bunch of pickups in post-production, though, so I'm not worried. The absolute worst mumbler in modern cinema, however, is Daniel Craig. That dude should get subtitles.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 1:34 a.m. CST

    A period Batman would be better

    by darthvedder81

    I've never understood the appeal of superheroes involving people it various animal getups and in a modern context. It just seems so arbitrary and silly. Give me a Batman in a 30's or 40's style ala the pretty decent early 90's cartoon. I might go see that. Doing a live action comic book in a period format gives you the freedom to be fun and believable without being campy.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Batman fighting Nazis.Now that would have been cool.

    by KilliK

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    The absolute worst mumbler in modern cinema, however, is Daniel Craig.

    by buggerbugger

    I'd say that the top modern-day mumbler is Casey Affleck. Seriously, what a mumbly little fucker that kid is. And not only is it a mumble, it's a droning mumble, like a bee trapped in a jar.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    drunken busboy

    by proevad

    We don't know yet.

  • And yeah, Bane sounds garbled and kind of silly.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    any link with Bane's prologue?

    by KilliK

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    keaton vs bale

    by christpunchers2007

    Keaton's Batman voice, simple, dark, RELAXED yet intimidating. Guy didn't need to scream or snarl and he'll give off that cocky confidence. Bale's voice? Sounds like he wants to sound like a demon or something. GRrrrrrrr.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST


    by christpunchers2007

    Holy fuck, that's brilliant. Just spoiled coffee over that stuff. Hahaha.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    I listened to the audio and.....

    by notcher

    I didn't find it that hard to understand Bane, fittingly another "flaw" blown out of proportion. If interested, it's on Sounds exciting!

  • Dec. 14, 2011, 3:19 a.m. CST


    by 23

    I saw it tonight. Totally awesome, Bane's voice is hard to hear but cool. I watched a leaked version online and understood everything he said the second time around.

  • Dec. 14, 2011, 3:19 a.m. CST

    by 23

    go see it.

  • Dec. 14, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Complete prologue description with transcripted dialogue:

    by DiamondJoe

    It opens with Gordon talking at what looks like Dent's funeral at the end of TDK. Gordon: "I knew Harvey Dent. I was his friend. And it will be a very long time before someone inspires us the way he did. I believed in Harvey Dent". Cut to a truck driving across a deserted field to a plane with hooded prisoners in the back seat and a guy waiting by the plane, who says: "Dr Pavel? I'm CIA". He notices the hooded guys and says to Pavel, "You don't get to bring friends". Pavel: "They're not my friends". Escorting guard: "Don't worry, (unintelligible)." CIA: "And why would I want them?" Guard: "They tried to grab your prize. They work for the mercenary. The masked man". CIA: "Bane! Get them on board, I'll call it in". Wide aeriel shots of the plane flying over a desolate, mountainous landscape. CIA to the hooded guys: "The flight plan I just filed with the CIA lists me, my men, Dr Pavel here, and only one of you." He opens the side door of the plane. CIA: "The first one to talk gets to stay on my aircraft!" He holds the guy half out of the door. CIA: "Who paid you to (unintelligible) Dr Pavel??" No response, so CIA guy shoots him and throws him out. CIA: "He didn't fly so good, who wants to try next?" He grabs another hooded prisoner and holds him out of the door. CIA: "Tell me about Bane! Why does he wear the mask?" No response. CIA: "A lot of loyalty for a hired gun". Then a metallic, slightly strangled, unhinged, mad scientist-esque voice that, contrary to reports, is NOT British, but some kind of Eastern European or Russian accent. Its a mash up of Gary Oldman's Dracula voice, Roger Waters from The Wall and the Count from Sesame Street. It is also quite frightening and, annoyingly, muffled. It's coming from one of the hooded prisoners kneeling on the floor of the plane. Prisoner: "Or perhaps he's wondering why someone would shoot a man before throwing him out of a plane". CIA walks over to him: "At least you can talk. Who are you?" Prisoner: "It doesn't matter who we are. What matters is our plan. No one cared who I was until I put on the mask." CIA pulls the hood off the prisoner to reveal Bane, glaring from behind his mask. CIA: "If I pull that off will you die?" Bane: "It would be extremely painful". CIA: "You're a big guy". Bane: "For you?". CIA: "Was getting caught part of your plan?" Bane (jauntily): "Of course!". Aeriel shots of the plane - another plane is approaching from behind. Bane: "Dr Pavel refused our offer in favour of yours. We had to find out what he'd told you about us." Dr Pavel: "Nothing! I said nothing!" CIA: "Well congratulations. You got yourself caught. Now what's the next step of your master plan?" Bane: "Crashing this plane!". The music picks up and we see guys jumping out of the other plane attached to lines towards the tail of the CIA plane and they attach lines. Bane: "With no survivors". Bane gets up and machine guns everyone. There is a melee and a fight. We see that the other plane is now dragging the CIA plane along with it backwards and it has upended. There are a few Inception-style shots of people flying around in the cabin. The tail section of the CIA plane is blown off by explosives leaving a gaping hole, and the CIA plane is now vertical, nose down. The guys from the other plane drop into the cabin through the tail on their lines. Bane grabs Pavel and lashes him to himself and attaches himself to a line. Bane says something completely unintelligible to another prisoner who is, apparently, staying behind, to which the prisoner responds: Prisoner: "We have started a fire". Bane: "The fire rises!" Dr Pavel is screaming. Bane: "Calm down, Doctor. Now's not the time for fear. That comes later." There's a bang, and the fuselage falls away around them, leaving Bane and Pavel hanging on the line trailed by the other plane. Cut to a quick montage of shots from the movie.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Saw it in Sydney yesterday

    by Scorhito

    It wasn't as impossible to understand as everyone's going on about. Although I do agree with some other reports that it sounds like it hasn't had a proper sound mix - it was a bit hard to understand what all of the characters were saying, not just Bane. It also doesn't help that the whole sequence takes place with constant airplane engines. As for his accent, he sounded like a drunk 18th century Englishman, if that makes sense. No, he does not look like he's been pumped up by CGI. He actually didn't even look as big as he was in Bronson. Overall the sequence was all right, not exactly "Oh my God I need to see this now" stuff. Was funny to see Tommy Carcetti playing a tough guy.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    There is a way better bootleg out there at the moment

    by Scorhito

    I just did a quick search to see if I could find the IMAX one I saw and there is currently a MUCH better bootleg doing the rounds. It seems like a proper teaser and features scenes set at a football game. This is not what they're showing in front of M:I and looks way way better. No idea when it'll be formally released and not shaky cam, hopefully soon.