[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.”
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.
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.