Friday, July 20, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises

Deshi deshi basara basara!

That is the chant that you will hear at the full height of Bane's glory in the newest Christopher Nolan Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Having loved the previous two films, especially The Dark Knight, I was thrilled to go see the Dark Knight Rises with my friends at the midnight showing.

Hans Zimmer, having scored the previous two films, scored The Dark Knight Rises as well. For The Dark Knight, he used the shrill sound of the high notes on an electric cello, slowly escalating in pitch, to convey the tension created by the Joker (the villain):

So I knew that he would do something just as iconic for this new film, and he certainly did. The Dark Knight Rises starred the antagonist Bane. This massive figure of solid muscle exuded strength and power, not only physically but mentally as well. Hans embodied this character in the chant:

This chant, meaning "He rises," was actually created using the voices of the fans who recorded themselves doing the chant. A quote from Wikipedia:
When asked about the chant for clarification, Zimmer said, "The chant became a very complicated thing because I wanted hundreds of thousands of voices, and it's not so easy to get hundreds of thousands of voices. So, we Twittered and we posted on the internet, for people who wanted to be part of it. It seemed like an interesting thing. We've created this world, over these last two movies, and somehow I think the audience and the fans have been part of this world. We do keep them in mind."
Throughout the film, Hans uses the easily recognizable rhythmic motif to signal the listeners: Bane is coming. As soon as I heard that motif, whether it would be low and slow or furious and loud, Bane would appear. The repeated use may seem overdone if you consider the fact that the film is over two and a half hours long, but somehow Hans managed to find a different way to present the motif each time.

Of course, Bane's chant was not the entire score. There were numerous other cues throughout the film for Batman and some even for the new Catwoman. The soundtrack did not disappoint, and nor did the movie. It truly was an epic conclusion to a grand trilogy.