‘Dark Knight Rises’ Vocals, ‘Star Trek’ Villain Spark Nerdy Debates

'Talk Nerdy to Me' returns with an all-new episode about Bane's hard-to-decipher voice, 'Star Trek 2' and the MTV Movie Brawl 2012 tournament.

Welcome to 2012, fellow nerds! With return trips to Middle-earth and Gotham City in the cards, not to mention sightings of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Ridley Scott‘s return to sci-fi on the horizon, the coming months are sure to usher in one of the most geek-friendly years of all time.

It’s only appropriate then that “Talk Nerdy to Me” (the MTV News one-stop shop for all things comic books, movies and television) rises to the size and stature of the new year. That means more Hulk hands, light-sabers and action figures, more punch-out sound effects and — most importantly — more heated nerdy debate to come all throughout 2012 … and it all starts now!

Watch the embedded video for the latest episode of “Talk Nerdy to Me,” and read on for a synopsis of what we discussed this week on the show!

The Bane Problem
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” has been kicking ass and taking names at the box office for weeks now, thanks in no small part to the “Dark Knight Rises” prologue attached to IMAX prints of the Tom Cruise action vehicle. Fans are raving about the first look at Christopher Nolan’s last Batman movie, except for one teensy, tiny problem: Bane’s voice . The Caped Crusader’s newest nemesis’ mask-muffled muttering has left some viewers scratching their heads, and Nolan’s apparent insistence on not improving the clarity of Bane’s dialogue has only led to further bewilderment. But should fans really be so worried about the so-called “Bane problem,” or is it all much ado about nothing? Find out what Team Nerdy thinks in this week’s episode.

“Sherlock” Goes to Space
Between playing Britain’s greatest detective and Middle-earth’s most fearsome dragon, how many more iconic roles does Benedict Cumberbatch need to plop on his plate? Why not give him one more: The “Sherlock” and “War Horse” actor is beaming aboard J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek 2″ as the film’s lead villain, ending a long search that’s seen actors Benicio del Toro and Edgar Ramirez circling the role. But the question remains: Who is Cumberbatch playing? “Nerdy’s” Brian Phares expects a new character, while the rest of the team feels like screaming “KHAAAAAAAN!” Who do you think Cumberbatch is playing?

The Brawl for It All
Finally, nothing like a shameless plug to start the new year right! Team Nerdy took some time to talk about MTV Movie Brawl 2012, our current tournament to decide which movie you guys are most excited to see in the coming year. Some flicks like “Hunger Games” and “Breaking Dawn” are dominating as expected, but others — namely “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Skyfall” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” — are underperforming, so much so that some so-called “shoo-ins” might not even make it into the March Madness-style bracket kicking off on Monday. We already put the question to “Avengers” and “Spider-Man” fans , but it bears repeating to the Batman and Bond crowd: Where are you guys? Time’s running out!

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