Hear Bane’s Voice Before And After Tom Hardy Redubbed His Lines For The Dark Knight Rises

Tom Hardy Bane voice before and after video The Dark Knight Rises Sean Connery football gameYou’ll remember that the first trailers for The Dark Knight Rises polarized fans: Some were drooling over the 2011 IMAX prologue that featured Bane’s henchmen yanking him out of the CIA plane mid-flight, while others were confused as to why we couldn’t understand a damn word Tom Hardy was saying! Once the studio had Hardy redo every single line (that’s dedication!), you probably forgot that initial disappointment—which is why this video is worth watching.

At the time, I wasn’t too jazzed for TDKR, so I don’t think I actually watched the teaser. So it was a surprise for me to hear just how gravelly Hardy sounded, along with the usual complaint that he had a mouthful of marbles. The one downside is that when he re-recorded everything, he did come out sounding rather cartoony and like a weirdly chipper Sean Connery. You can see that here, as the video compares each of Bane’s lines side-by-side. That jauntiness worked later in the movie when Bane was strutting around Ice Age Gotham in his pimp coat; for his first introduction, it certainly sets a jarring standard.

When the complaints first arose, Hardy refused to let it bother him. He told MTV News in February, “I trust [director] Christopher Nolan implicitly. I’m not worried at all about people understanding him mumbling away. But I have seen some brilliant stuff online about [my mumbling] ‘Mmmm … Batman doesn’t beat up retards!,’ which I thought was very funny. I enjoyed that.” Later, at the TDKR premiere, of course there were plenty of questions about his inspiration for Bane. Interestingly, Hardy did not cite Mr. Connery and instead attributed his performance to a man named Bartley Gorman: “He’s the king of the gypsies, and he’s a boxer, a bare-knuckle boxer, an Irish traveler, a gypsy.” But we know what we heard.

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    • Tania

      I saw it last night and it sounded like the first set of examples to me haha.

    • Boberty
    • Jessica

      Yeah, his voice sounded really out of place in that scene. I knew they redubbed his lines!

    • Mike

      It is so sad that people are so imperceptive and dim that Tom Hardy was forced to dub all of his lines like this. I am saddened that people are so awful at life that they cannot understand someone speaking with a mask on his face and, probably, mauled and mutilated lips below. God forbid we maintain character integrity.

      Nolan’s whole concept was REALISM, and it is sad people had to yank Bane’s voice out of the realm of PLAUSABLE and back into the glossy, unbelievable world of overdone effects and audience spoon feeding.

      What a bunch of babies we have become. It makes me sick.

      Also, the Connery references are idiotic. It’s clear that he speaks with the toothy slur because of the implied mutilation below the mask, and the accent and vocal style is a play on the origins of the character itself, with Bane being an intellectual and expert in various scientific disciplines.

      • arcee

        It’s a Batman movie. Plausibility and realism go out the window as soon as you enter the theater. Entertainment is the name of the game, and struggling to understand the antagonist does not make for an entertaining time.

        Joseph Gordon Levitt wore a similar mask in GI Joe and was perfectly understandable.

      • Jose

        His voice is almost incomprehensible in the original. If it wasn’t for the subs I wouldn’t be able to follow it at all. If Nolan wanted integrity he would have put subtitles. If Bane was supposed to have such a hard time speaking he wouldn’t have been such a flamboyant speaker and master of theatrics. He also wouldn’t have important lines to speak or he’d say things in blunt and clear 2-3 word phrases.
        Spoon feeding? That entire movie was spoon feeding. Every line was exposition. There’s a scene where one character literally looks at the camera after going on and on with an info dump and says “This is the Important Part.” He might as well have addressed the audience specifically. There’s another scene too but it’s a surprise so…
        Bane clearly has an accent. It’s what supports the presumed link he has with Liam Neeson’s character…who also had a similar accent…because he was played by Liam Neeson.
        Why is it hard to accept that people couldn’t understand him? Is it really likely that people are just whining? So many people? Of their own volition? Or that they would come together just be jerks? Some people have better hearing. That’s really all there is to it. This movie tested peoples’ hearing. Intelligence doesn’t play into it.
        I don’t know how accurate this vid is. It sounds like it was recorded on a phone in the theater. He sounds mauled in neither version. The acoustics just suck in one. If the audience cant understand how can you follow the story or even “believe” the “realism” when all the characters ignore the obvious speech problem. Why doesn’t Bane have a guy talk for him?

      • Sully

        Every line in every movie is exposition. If it isn’t, then the film was poorly written. Movies are a visual medium. The dialogue is there to push the plot and/or characters forward when the visuals are unable to do so efficiently.

      • Jose Again

        I’m gonna clarify that the subs I saw was from other vids that ran the full uncut versions. Not the video above.

    • Lisa R

      I rather liked his chipper, jaunty Darth Connery voice. It made his awful plans/actions that much creepier.

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      The whole experience of watching the movie was awesome..Tom Hardy has pulled off the character very well..I loved the character especially the makeup, the mask and tom hardy bane coat which you can order online from http://goo.gl/ULrAxN