Christian Bale Tells the Origins of His Infamous 'Batman Voice'
November 18, 2013
We've already heard from former Batman Christian Bale once today, but he's come out with one more tidbit that we can't help but share. Speaking with MTV, Bale opened up about his infamous "Batman voice" from "The Dark Knight" trilogy that has been relentlessly mocked, criticized and parodied. Here's what he had to say:
"I got there. They put me in Val Kilmer's suit. It didn't even fit properly, and I stood in it and I went 'I feel like an idiot.' What kind of guy walks around, dressed like a bat? And is then going to go 'Hello, how are you? Just ignore that I'm dressed as a bat.' Of course, he's meant to be doing this," Bale said. "If you look at the history of the guy and the pain that he went through. I went 'I can't do this in a normal voice. I have to become a beast in order to sell this to myself. I went home that evening, and my wife said, 'How'd it go?' I went, 'I kind of did this.' And I showed her, and she went, 'Oh, you f---ed that one up, didn't you?' Thank God they went for it."
He even had one more bit of advice for Ben Affleck in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film, saying:
"[The voice] ain't for everybody. Ben's obviously going to have to do his own thing, but it was the only way that I could find how to get into that and to justify wearing the fricking Batsuit. Otherwise, he's just loopy beyond belief. He's loopy, but he's loopy with a method to his madness."