bill-swift - July 24, 2012
Scarecrow wore a burlap sack over his head and Harvey Dent had half his face blown off in The Dark Knight and they still managed to sound like they were reading Shakespeare compared to Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, who sounded less like a Batman villain and more like that guy from the Police Academy movies who did the funny voices. And while a third of his dialogue went right over my head, for some reason his modulated voice did make me crave a trip to the McDonald's drive-thru after the screening.
Christopher Nolan had the power to maybe take the distortion down a notch, or at least not have Tom Hardy record his dialogue under water. Especially after all the criticism early footage of Bane wreaked when it premiered in IMAX before Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol last December, Nolan should've taken notice. An audience can't like a movie if they can't hear what the hell anyone's saying.
But Bane certainly isn't the first character in cinema that was difficult to understand. Here are some past voices that left audiences asking, 'Can you repeat that?' Can you think of any others?
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