On Tuesday, Warner Bros. released its epic Blu-ray set, The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition, which contains more than 90 minutes of special features between the three films. But one of the Blu-ray set’s most fascinating special features had already been leaked Sunday, although video has since been taken down by the studio: Christian Bale’s original audition for the role of Batman.
The special feature started making the rounds Sunday, and shows Bale auditioning for Batman Begins using the Batman suit worn by Val Kilmer in Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman Forever. The video reveals that Bale’s trademark grumbly bat-voice existed from the very start, and director Christopher Nolan, who speaks over some of the test footage, explains, “He had decided that Batman had to have a different voice … that he had to put on a voice.”
Going into more detail about Bale’s portrayal of Batman, Nolan said: “Christian somehow, he’d figured this out before the screen test, that you could not give a normal performance. You could not give an ordinary performance. You had to project massive energy through this costume in order to not question the costume.”