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Now, for some fans, The Dark Knight Rises isn't the most straightforward Batman movie to love. Lacking The Dark Knight's Joker and Batman Begins' brisk, streamlined plot, it's an easy target for the criticism that largely avoided its two immediate predecessors.

What it did have, though, was Tom Hardy, and a performance as Bane that arguably trod the same steps towards legend as Heath Ledger's in The Dark Knight. With a blend of raw physicality, a knack for scene-stealing and a gloriously out-there vocal performance, Hardy's Bane was arguably the film's standout star.

What it also was, however, is not quite the voice we were originally meant to hear in the movie...


Bane Wasn't Actually Supposed To Sound The Way He Did On Screen

Take a look at that there video for a second - and take a moment to soak in the gloriously over-enunciated tones of Hardy's voice.

The only problem? That wasn't actually the voice we were supposed to hear.

Instead, as Tom Hardy revealed, way back at the movie's premiere:

"The choice of the accent is actually a man called Bartley Gorman, who was a bare-knuckle fighter, Irish Gypsy. A Romani Gypsy. Which I wanted to underpin the Latin, but a Romani Latin opposed to Latino. His particular accent is very specific, which was a Gypsy accent. So that's why it was difficult to understand. But once you tune into it, you get it. I hope."

Except, as it turns out:

We Can Still Listen To His Original Inspiration, and Compare The Two

[Credit: Warner Bros.]
[Credit: Warner Bros.]

The reason?

With the release of The Dark Knight Rises' IMAX trailer, audiences struggled to understand Bane's accent to such an extent, that Nolan and Hardy were forced to 'clean up' the sound.

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Which, as it turns out, effectively meant completely altering Bane's voice. You can listen to the substantial difference in the video below:

Now, both Nolan and Hardy defended the alteration at the time, very much downplaying the scale of the change - with Hardy, when asked whether he had struggled with the negative response to the voice, revealing:

"A little bit, but at the same time it was a choice...It needed clearing up in some forms, but it always going to be difficult getting the sound on the day, which we did. We recorded out of the mask."

You can, though, still get a sense of just what he was originally going for:

We Can Still Listen to His Original Inspiration, And Compare The Two

That, y'see, is Bartley Gorman himself, the bare-knuckle-fighting Romani gypsy — and, well, it's not quite as like Bane's as Hardy seems to suggest. Take a listen to Bane for yourself, and see what you think:

So, Bane, having been 'cleaned up' in post to be more coherent, may in fact be less alike to Gorman than Hardy intended — not, though, that he's actually any less awesome for it...


Were you surprised by the history of Bane's voice?

(Source: Blastr)


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