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Watch Christian Bale Test For ‘Batman Begins’ While Wearing Val Kilmer’s Batsuit

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Christian Bale knew what it took to portray the Dark Knight before he ever donned the cape and cowl — more specifically, Val Kilmer’s cape and cowl.

Arriving in stores Tuesday, The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition includes a cornucopia of extras from director Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster films, including footage of Bale’s screen test for 2005’s Batman Begins — he read opposite eventual Man of Steel star Amy Adams — while wearing Kilmer’s costume from 1995’s Batman Forever.

“Christian, somehow, figured this out before the screen test, that you could not give a normal performance, that you could not give an ordinary performance,” Nolan recalls. “You had to project massive energy through this costume in order to not question the costume. So it’s about feeling and a voice, and I think Christian’s voice was a big part of the impression he made in the test.”

Be sure to stick around to the end to hear Bale utter, “I’m Batman.”

(via Batman News)


  • BeastieRunner

    This is the first time somebody acted in that suit.

  • M Sigurd Hall

    It almost feels like a parody of Batman.

  • Anubis

    Why didn’t he just use that voice instead of going extreme and using the gargling rocks voice he ended up using.

  • mel

    That’s pretty much what he sounded like in Batman Begins. It’s in the sequels that his voice got terrible.

  • Izcoatl

    “Try to look! His speed, his ferocity, his training. I see the power of Belief.”

    Christopher Nolan.

  • Jacob De Paz

    I hate this man as Batman…. SO MUCH… I also hate Nolan and his pretension and lack of vision.

  • Dan Riedel

    It was Nolan’s idea, blame him.

    But this video alone is the reason why I’m paranoid about Affleck. EVERY actor, except Clooney changed his vocal cadence and tone to play Batman AND Bruce Wayne.

    I’m not sure Affleck will do the same.

  • PietroMaximoff

    he looks fat…
    such a weird video, Bale’s voice is the most hated aspect of his performance.

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