Okay, that sounds bad without context, so let’s give you some of that: a new behind-the-scenes featurette from the upcoming “Dark Knight” Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set has gone online, featuring Christian Bale’s initial audition, wearing Val Kilmer’s Batman costume, and testing opposite future Lois Lane actress Amy Adams.
It’s quintessential “see it to believe it” stuff. So, see it below!
“The testing process on this kind of performance, it’s not about acting ability or chemistry or any of those things,” director Christopher Nolan says in the video. “It’s about being able to project this extraordinary iconography, this visual iconography. Christian somehow figured this out before the screen test, that you could not give a normal performance, you could not give an ordinary performance. You have to project massive energy through this costume in order to not question the costume.”
“It’s about feeling, the voice. Christian’s voice is a big part of the impression he made on us in the test,” he continues. “He had decided Batman needs to have a different voice than Bruce Wayne. That supported the visual appearance of the character, and it explained why people don’t recognize him: his voice. It was pretty logically thought out.”
The full feature will be available when the box-set arrives in stores on Tuesday, September 24.
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