‘Dark Knight Rises’ Prologue Updated & ‘Dredd’ Storyboard Released [UPDATED]

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[UPDATE: It appears that Bane’s voice in The Dark Knight Rises WON’T be getting a makeover. See below for details.]

The Dark Knight Rises was virtually making headlines every day throughout the final month of 2011, enough so as to (temporarily) make you forget that it is just one of several noteworthy comic book adaptations due to reach theaters in 2012.

Lionsgate’s reboot of the Judge Dredd movie franchise, Dredd, hasn’t received much attention to date, partially because fellow 2012 superhero titles like Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and even Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance have been hogging the spotlight. Today, we finally have some Dredd-related material to share with you.

First things first: Warner Bros. has reportedly released a new audio soundtrack for the Dark Knight Rises prologue being screened in front of select IMAX prints of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. As most readers are undoubtedly aware, there’s been some controversy surrounding that DKR footage because moviegoers have (pretty much across the board) been unable to understand the villainous Bane’s (Tom Hardy) dialogue therein.

Here is what a source told Collider, about that matter:

“… [The 'Dark Knight Rises' filmmakers have] gone in and lowered the background noise of the plane and other things, thus making Bane’s dialogue clearer and more understandable. [A friend of mine] asked some people after they left the movie if they could understand Bane and they all said they had no issue understanding him, and were excited for the movie.”

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Tom Hardy as Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

The general reaction to Bane’s almost-inaudiable speech in the Dark Knight Rises prologue was (frankly) blown out of proportion by some fans. Without doubt, the sound mixing in that footage needed some significant tweaking; all the same, it is a glorified theatrical preview unveiled more than seven months before the actual film is due to be released. So, not only is there still plenty of time for director Christopher Nolan and his production team to adjust the audio levels accordingly, but part of the reason it was shown off in the first place was surely to gauge early reactions (and get feedback on what ought to be improved) from moviegoers.

Nonetheless, it’s good to hear that this particular fire has been put out and we can move on to discussing more interesting issues concerning Nolan’s Batman trilogy finale.

UPDATE: Collider posted an excerpt from a letter that (seemingly) lent further credence to this story, before updating their article a second time, with word from Warner Bros. denying the whole thing. So, for the time being, this Dark Knight Rises tidbit has been seemingly debunked.



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Outside of a few pics of fan-favorite Karl Urban (the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Trek, RED) as the eponymous futuristic, all-in-one law-serving warrior and some behind-the-scenes set pics, we’ve yet to seen any actual footage from Dredd. Hopefully, an official trailer for the flick will be arriving sometime in the near future (maybe even with a title like, say, this month’s Underworld Awakening?).

In the meantime, Dredd storyboard artist Frederick Mpuuga has unveiled a page of his work on the film, offering an early look at a “chase sequence” involving Judge Dredd (Urban) riding his trusty Lawmaster bike on down to the dangerous Peach Trees Block, where a good majority of the movie reportedly takes place.

Check it out below:


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There’s not much to say about this particular Dredd action sequence right now, other than it seems to stylistically harken back more to the original comics and be grittier in nature, especially when compared to the action in the 1995 semi-camp classic Judge Dredd movie starring Sylvester Stallone. If nothing else, at least Urban won’t be partnered with Rob Schneider in this reboot.

The Dark Knight Rises will be released in regular and IMAX theaters in the U.S. on July 20th, 2012.

Dredd hits 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on September 21st, 2012.

Source: Collider, Frederick Mpuuga (via Bleeding Cool)

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  1. Despite the storyboard not being terribly exciting I’m really looking forward to Dredd. Although I expect I’m in the minority. I just hope it surprises everyone. Or at least does well enough on DVD to earn respect and further movies.

  2. I can’t wait for dredd, alex garland wrote it!! Is the dark knight rises prologue still playing in front of Mission impossible?

    • yes is it. they’re not going to remove it or something. LOL

      • Rats should have seen mi4 in IMAX lol but the next showing was like 3h later

  3. WOW a very poor choice as Dredd.
    Sorry but i like the original Dredd better.

    • Based off of a few set photos? Really?

      • my thoughts exactly

    • Could have told ya that Sylvester Stallone’s face was going to be more picture-perfect as Dredd. But I’m looking forward to Urban’s Dredd movie anyway, because it might be a better story adaptation.

      • THe worst thing about Stallone’s Dredd, he opened his mouth.

    • How can you say you like one thing better than the other when you have no basis for comparison yet, the new Dredd wasn’t released yet unless you have special priveledges and had a chance to see it already…

  4. I had no problem with Bane’s voice in the prologue, only missed one or two of his lines but that was really because of all the background noise. He sounds slightly hispanic so thats all good to me. He seems very cold, calculating and blunt gonna be interesting to watch on screen.

    • I had to resort to watching it on YouTube (none of the IMAX theaters within driving distance of me were playing it), and I didn’t have any trouble hearing him.

      • Where did you find it on youtube?

    • Me neither! Saw it before Christmas, so before any changes took place, if they did. I missed one line, but made sense of it from what I could hear and context. Strangely though, of the group that I went with—11 people—a minority said that they couldn’t understand a word. It certainly was hard work, given all the noise of the plane, rushing air, etc., but…perhaps one develops an ear after listening to Glasgow brogue over Underground loudspeakers…

    • I heard him perfectly when I saw it. All of my friends heard it perfectly. This is one of the few places I’ve actually heard complaints about it from.

  5. Judge Dredd does not look at all right, maybe Urban was a poor choice?

    • Im confused by this. Its a set photo of his mouth basically. Whats wrong with the “look”. I just want clarity. :)

      • Urban has a weak jaw, whereas Stallone obviously had a very strong jaw.

        I’m still looking forward to the movie though.

  6. Huge spoiler thanks youtube lol!!!!!!!!!!

    Just saw a clip on youtube title batman rises epic battle on h and it crealy shows three camo tumblers in the street as about a thousand of cops vs enemies crash into each other and fight in an intersection. Craziness. The video is about 1:40.

    • old news brother

  7. Will the prologue of TDKR will be show whit the actual movie ?

    • Yes, the prologue is the beginning of the movie. They did the same thing with The Dark Knight. I cant remember what movie it played in front of but they showed the entire opening bank robbery scene where we are introduced to the Joker.

      • They did it with I am legend

  8. The only thing that worries me about Dredd is it doesn’t look futuristic enough. The vehicles I’ve seen so far just look like 80′s pick-up trucks with wire mesh bolted over the windows. I was hoping for sci-fi hover-cars and bikes like in priest.

    However, this may have no bearing on my enjoyment of the film. I had some reservations about the smaller shoulder pads on the costume, but I’ve gotten used to them and really like the design now. His helmet is great – straight outta the comics.

  9. I still say subtitles, would have worked fine.

  10. The comic was NOT dark and gritty. Did this writer ever actually read a Judge Dredd comic? Dredd was actually a very witty, tongue-in-cheek satire. This subtle British humor is what Americans don’t get anout the character. It was the reason the first film failed, and this one will fail too. They (and you) just see action. There was actually a very special humanity to the comic no-one has grasped yet.

    • I’ve read some of the very first Judge Dredd comics and they were (as I recall) indeed tongue-in-cheek, but still pretty gritty (in comparison to the almost cartoony 1995 movie, I mean).

      As I understand it, there have also been more recent Judge Dredd comic storylines that have likewise embraced the now-popular “dark and gritty” aesthetic, to some degree.

    • Dredd is dark and gritty

    • The first few years of ‘Judge Dredd’ was pretty much a straight-ahead futuristic Dirty Harry, the satirical and black humour aspects only came about over time after it had already been on the stands for a good while.

      There have been dark and gritty Dredd stories, there have also been funny ones, political ones, character-based ones, the tone has been all over the place, depending on the writer(s) and the storyline, hence why it was such a hard property to bring to the big-screen in that you had any number of directions to go in, but all things considered, the producers behind the upcoming movie haven’t put a foot wrong so far, and I have full confidence they’re gonna knock it out of the park, hopefully…

      • No, Hollywood considered Dredd hard to adapt not because of the tone of the stories which they ignored but because its central character wasn’t a nice hero -they tried to humanise him, badly- he is a bastard and it’s hard to market a main character who’s a bastard to PG13.

    • Dredd is sardonic and definitey has moments of grittiness along with the cynical humour.

  11. Urban is going to be awesome as dredd; the guy has style and was cool in RED – who would even be a better choice the rock lol (btw sorry my phone freezes when I make the common punctuation marks)

  12. WB debunked the rumor about the prologue.

    • Thanks for pointing that out. I’ve updated the article accordingly.

    • Which one? No voice edits?

      • They may have debunked the rumor but IMO it needs to be fixed. Oh well, I still have faith this movie will rock.

        • I think it’s been fixed…At least, as of last week when I saw the regular trailer in IMAX, I could understand him perfectly…

  13. @Beav Hehe figured it would be as this was prob shot around the time we were getting those pics of a newly married couple taking pics witha tumbler on set in philly lol figured id throw it up here as i dont remember hearing anything about multiple tumblers. Makes sense that bats would make a flying tumbler/batwing or whatever theyll call it in te movie. The bats is always ahead in tech.

    @ian Seriously, where did u find the prologue on youtube?? I want to see it but im not paying extra to see mi4 in imax. Regular was fine (i know should of went to the imax but i didnt get the tickets and the person who dis wasnt aware of the prologue).

    Off topic but it does make me wonder how effective marketing really is. I mean the general public seems to be completelly oblivious to everything. The dedicated websites the viral marketing etc… Seems like money down the drain. Other than the main trailer, everything else just seems to inorm a sigificant minority, i wonder what the studios base their marketing budgets on? Any thoughts of this?

  14. I could make him sound audible in 15 minutes if I had the master tracks, so you don’t have to worry about the production team not being able to do so in seven months. It’s great that they heard the reaction from the audience this soon, because there could definately be some backlash from fans, had his voice sounded like this on the final product. The Youtube comments are pretty much proof of that.

  15. I actually heard what he said in the trailer and thought it was a perfect line to give bruce wayne/batman.

  16. i def see why nolan doesn’t want to change bane’s voice much, it is pretty cool sounding its just tough to understand if you dont already know what he is saying.

    on a somewhat related note, did anyone else notice that the final shot of the prologue, when bane is carrying the guy away and being pulled behind the plane…

    this is the EXACT same shot used when batman is getting the guy from hong kong in TDK

    i dunno if nolan is trying to make a comparison between the two, or just show that bane is on the same level of batman’s crafty planning, but i thought that was cool.

    i am sure i am not the only person who noticed but i really wanted to tell somebody haha

  17. I can’t believe people are complaining about Karl Urban not having the right look or “jawline”. People are also saying Stallone looked better because the jaw was right.
    First of all, the 1995 movie with Stallone was crap. Even Stallone hated it. Who cares about a strong jaw line when you have a weak movie? Rob Schneider’s comic relief didn’t help a ship that was already sinking.
    I personally like the few photos I have seen of the new Dredd movie,the writer, the updated and more realistic look of the costumes(looks closer to the orginal costume anyway), the grittier appearance, etc.
    As a fan of the comic for many years, her’s hoping the movie rocks and makes it’s mark.