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Love it or not, Christian Bale's portrayal of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy has left an indelible impression on Batman mythology. The most controversial aspect of Bale's performance was his husky delivery while in the Dark Knight's cape and cowl - but even that much-debated acting choice has been cemented in the zeitgeist, if only because of the unending flood of parody that has followed Bat-Bale since his inception (see what I did there?).
But how did Bat-Bale begin? Well, with the release of the Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector's Edition we're getting some pretty juicy behind-the-scenes features that detail how Nolan and Co. built their epic superhero trilogy - including the video above, which shows Christian Bale auditioning for the role of Batman, and his original take on the infamous voice.
The featurette is part of the collector's set, and it contains a few delicious ironies:
- The suit that Bale is testing in was worn by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever.
- The girl testing with Bale in the video is none other than future Lois Lane, Amy Adams.
UPDATE: MORE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY AUDITIONS
Want to see what trilogy mainstay Cilian Murphy looked like in the Batsuit - how about Anne Hathaway's early rendition of Catwoman? Then check out the Gallery below:
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Bale was a brave man, risking the curse of Schumacher by putting on one of the "tainted" Bat-suits. All jokes aside, though: Bale has often been praised by people who worked on the films and those in the fanbase for being the first actor to truly craft two personas out of the iconic character. As the casting director in the film describes, even in a loose version of the costume, Bale clearly projects something that Kilmer did not. In short, after looking at that video it's not hard to believe that Bale was a strong choice for the role.
...And how about the fact that Amy Adams was on hand to play Rachel Dawes? One can't help but imagine that she would've been a much stronger choice than Katie Holmes - which would've established much stronger continuity (and care for the character) in the transition between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. It'd been interesting to face the shocking death of Rachel in TDK with that stronger connection to the character. As it stands, Adams was reportedly just doing a favor for the casting director, Man of Steel would be her entry into the DC movie universe, and Katie Holmes would be what we got in Batman Begins. C'est la vie.
What did you think of Christian Bale's Batman audition? Let us know in the comments.
You can also check out a full Review of the Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector's Edition for more Info on the special features.
The Dark Knight Trilogy Collector's Edition comes to Blu-Ray on Tuesday, September 24th. You can order it HERE.
Source: Batman News
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