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Christian Bale talks the origins of his bat-voice; reveals his wife's hilarious reaction

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Perhaps one of the most controversial things about Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy was actor Christian Bale's voice, which was a low, gravelly growl that has become a bit of a parody since the trilogy closed its doors after THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Bale, who we reported commenting on "batkid" and giving his advice for Ben Affleck as the caped crusader in BATMAN VS SUPERMAN and now we have the actor revealing the very origin of his controversial batvoice, which is pretty damn funny, especially given his wife's response after the audition.

Bale, dressed in Val Kilmer's batsuit from BATMAN FOREVER, developed the voice after feelings somewhat silly wearing the suit, which ended up being a risk that paid off. Here's his rundown on how it came to be:

"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.' "

After the audition, Bale gave the rundown to his wife. Her response was classic:

"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. [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."

Personally, I loved what Bale did with the batvoice. It was different, scary, and made sense for the world that Nolan created. It's also great to use when ordering Starbucks at the drive thru or dealing with telemarketers. Not so great for marriage proposals or picking up your kids from school, but still, it has its uses.

Bale will next be seen in OUT OF THE FURNACE out December 6, 2013 and AMERICAN HUSTLE on December 18, 2013.

Source: MTV

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1:00AM on 11/20/2013

The voice worked.

I had no problem what so ever with Bat-Bale's voice. Yeah, the common argument was why couldn't he sounded more normal like, say Kilmer?
Its because Kilmer's or Keaton's Gotham was not 'realistic'. If Bale was to go ahead and use a normal sounding voice, he'd look more ridiculous in Nolan's realistic Gotham as he rightly pointed out.
The voice balanced out the movie to keep its comic book feel.
I had no problem what so ever with Bat-Bale's voice. Yeah, the common argument was why couldn't he sounded more normal like, say Kilmer?
Its because Kilmer's or Keaton's Gotham was not 'realistic'. If Bale was to go ahead and use a normal sounding voice, he'd look more ridiculous in Nolan's realistic Gotham as he rightly pointed out.
The voice balanced out the movie to keep its comic book feel.
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6:29PM on 11/19/2013

I could have sworn the voice was altered electronically in Batman Begins.

Didn't he have speakers in the ears that changed his voice? They changed it in TDK and TDKR, but they should have kept the electronic voice IMO. Bale growling has become a complete joke, and took away from the films. (well, TDKR would have sucked no matter what)
Didn't he have speakers in the ears that changed his voice? They changed it in TDK and TDKR, but they should have kept the electronic voice IMO. Bale growling has become a complete joke, and took away from the films. (well, TDKR would have sucked no matter what)
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9:53AM on 11/19/2013

The voice never seemed right to me

I understand the arguments for disguising the voice and such but it just seems silly to me. Scary? No. A criminal would laugh at him for trying to sound tough and obviously a lot of viewers do as well. If he really wanted to disguise his voice, sound like a beast and be intimidating his voice should have been altered by a device. Wayne uses his money and tech for everything else, why not use it to make him sound like a demon?
I understand the arguments for disguising the voice and such but it just seems silly to me. Scary? No. A criminal would laugh at him for trying to sound tough and obviously a lot of viewers do as well. If he really wanted to disguise his voice, sound like a beast and be intimidating his voice should have been altered by a device. Wayne uses his money and tech for everything else, why not use it to make him sound like a demon?
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10:00AM on 11/19/2013
It what makes Arrow such a great series - they're clearly inspired and learning from Nolan's work. Queen using the device to disguise his voice or Canary's sonic scream being made by a device are clever changes to how we've seen it done before. Though, Bale only had to watch Scream to come up with an alternative if he wasn't sure about the voice.
It what makes Arrow such a great series - they're clearly inspired and learning from Nolan's work. Queen using the device to disguise his voice or Canary's sonic scream being made by a device are clever changes to how we've seen it done before. Though, Bale only had to watch Scream to come up with an alternative if he wasn't sure about the voice.
2:02PM on 11/19/2013
It would be cool to see a gravel-voiced badass cast in the Batman role who uses his natural voice when in the cape and cowl as well as the private Bruce Wayne, and then disguises it when he's public Bruce Wayne by talking in a higher pitch. It would fit with the concept that Batman is the real guy and Wayne is just the mask which is my favourite take on the character.
It would be cool to see a gravel-voiced badass cast in the Batman role who uses his natural voice when in the cape and cowl as well as the private Bruce Wayne, and then disguises it when he's public Bruce Wayne by talking in a higher pitch. It would fit with the concept that Batman is the real guy and Wayne is just the mask which is my favourite take on the character.
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7:34AM on 11/19/2013

o:

It doesn't bug me at all. What bugs me worse was Venom's voice in Spiderman 3. It just didn't go with the suit.
It doesn't bug me at all. What bugs me worse was Venom's voice in Spiderman 3. It just didn't go with the suit.
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7:08AM on 11/19/2013
It makes perfect sense to disguise your voice. The first time I heard Conroy switch from Batman to Bruce Wayne...I thought...damn...that makes perfect sense....never thought about it until then (I guess reading comics, details like that are missed). No one else did that until Bale and whilst I'll always prefer Conroy's Batman voice to Bale's, Bale's Bruce yuppy voice during the dinner party scene in Begins was lol in the best way possible.
It makes perfect sense to disguise your voice. The first time I heard Conroy switch from Batman to Bruce Wayne...I thought...damn...that makes perfect sense....never thought about it until then (I guess reading comics, details like that are missed). No one else did that until Bale and whilst I'll always prefer Conroy's Batman voice to Bale's, Bale's Bruce yuppy voice during the dinner party scene in Begins was lol in the best way possible.
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5:30AM on 11/19/2013

I'm glad to see some people actually appreciate the batvoice...

He is really the only actor that played, not only Batman as a different character than Wayne, but Wayne different than Wayne... He was Wayne, the swarmy sleazy playboy that Gotham saw; He was Wayne, the Wayne that only Alfred, Rachel or Lucius saw, the tortured hero; and of course Batman, the symbol, the creature that resulted from his torture. Everybody else played Batman and Bruce the same way, and while it didn't really bother me with Keaton, I did find it hard to believe that Vilmer or
He is really the only actor that played, not only Batman as a different character than Wayne, but Wayne different than Wayne... He was Wayne, the swarmy sleazy playboy that Gotham saw; He was Wayne, the Wayne that only Alfred, Rachel or Lucius saw, the tortured hero; and of course Batman, the symbol, the creature that resulted from his torture. Everybody else played Batman and Bruce the same way, and while it didn't really bother me with Keaton, I did find it hard to believe that Vilmer or Clooney weren't instantly recognized as being Bruce Wayne under the cowl. If you can recognize a man's voice over the phone, you can recognize it when you're looking him in the face, even if it is half obscured. Hopefully Affleck follows suit, and disguises his voice a bit... Maybe not to the extreme that Bale did, but at least enough for people not to instantly recognize him for it.
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5:17AM on 11/19/2013
It made more sense in Begins because you knew where he was coming from and that he wanted to create something fearful. By the time the dark knight came out I think most people hadnt seen Begins, because I remember thats when most of the fuss kicked up. Although I personally think that Bale put on more of it as the sequels progressed. I think Keaton hit the voice part the best.
It made more sense in Begins because you knew where he was coming from and that he wanted to create something fearful. By the time the dark knight came out I think most people hadnt seen Begins, because I remember thats when most of the fuss kicked up. Although I personally think that Bale put on more of it as the sequels progressed. I think Keaton hit the voice part the best.
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3:54AM on 11/19/2013
It's easy to make fun of (cuz it IS kind of amusing), but think about it: if you're dressing up to hide your identity, and you *don't* hide your voice...you're wasting your time. Just look at the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man. Peter and MJ have this close friendship prior to Spider-Man saving her, and when he talks the voice is unmistakably Peter's. That's as masked as you can be! Yeah we hand-wave it because it's just a fun movie, but it you ever want to take it seriously, you just can't get
It's easy to make fun of (cuz it IS kind of amusing), but think about it: if you're dressing up to hide your identity, and you *don't* hide your voice...you're wasting your time. Just look at the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man. Peter and MJ have this close friendship prior to Spider-Man saving her, and when he talks the voice is unmistakably Peter's. That's as masked as you can be! Yeah we hand-wave it because it's just a fun movie, but it you ever want to take it seriously, you just can't get away with that. Even a dumb disguised voice is better than your natural voice.
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3:43AM on 11/19/2013
I think when someone does something radically different it's easy to parody, whether its a good or bad interpretation with it. I think Bale did a great job of interpreting a beast within Bruce Wayne
I think when someone does something radically different it's easy to parody, whether its a good or bad interpretation with it. I think Bale did a great job of interpreting a beast within Bruce Wayne
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3:41AM on 11/19/2013
While I do think that, out of context, the voice he uses is funny, it works. However, now whenever I think about it, all I can think of are those Badman CH skits. Bale has kind of an odd voice anyway, so I think that might have something to do with it.
While I do think that, out of context, the voice he uses is funny, it works. However, now whenever I think about it, all I can think of are those Badman CH skits. Bale has kind of an odd voice anyway, so I think that might have something to do with it.
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3:57AM on 11/19/2013
Plus it's such a grim serious tone, that it's SO tempting to juxtapose it with an extremely stupid batman.
Plus it's such a grim serious tone, that it's SO tempting to juxtapose it with an extremely stupid batman.
2:10AM on 11/19/2013
I think they should pull what Arrow does for the next movie. Wayne is the most recognized person in Gotham and never should use his normal voice in the suit
I think they should pull what Arrow does for the next movie. Wayne is the most recognized person in Gotham and never should use his normal voice in the suit
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11:47PM on 11/18/2013

I agree w/ the notion of nothing @ all wrong w/ the growling voice...

Kevin Conroy's "Animated Series" voice is the ultimate for me. That being said...the only three (3) times in Nolan's trilogy that I noticed just a 'bit' of WTF-ness were:

Batman Begins: "...but what I Dooo...that defines me."
The Dark Knight: "This city...just showed youuuu...that it's full of people...ready to believe in good."
The Dark Knight Rises: "Where's the trigger? Werrre is it?"

I make fun of those a little bit w/ all my fanboy friends & such, but other than that...Bale's voice
Kevin Conroy's "Animated Series" voice is the ultimate for me. That being said...the only three (3) times in Nolan's trilogy that I noticed just a 'bit' of WTF-ness were:

Batman Begins: "...but what I Dooo...that defines me."
The Dark Knight: "This city...just showed youuuu...that it's full of people...ready to believe in good."
The Dark Knight Rises: "Where's the trigger? Werrre is it?"

I make fun of those a little bit w/ all my fanboy friends & such, but other than that...Bale's voice was cool w/ me.
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11:02PM on 11/18/2013
The idea behind 'the growl' itself was fine as Bale's more rational Bruce Wayne was only ever playing a character / symbol / whatever. But when combined with Bale's lisp and tendency to keep his mouth open like he's suffering from a blocked nose, it resulted in numerous unintentionally funny moments. I love the guy in almost everything, but I found his execution of Batman (well, part-time Batman) to be hugely disappointing.
The idea behind 'the growl' itself was fine as Bale's more rational Bruce Wayne was only ever playing a character / symbol / whatever. But when combined with Bale's lisp and tendency to keep his mouth open like he's suffering from a blocked nose, it resulted in numerous unintentionally funny moments. I love the guy in almost everything, but I found his execution of Batman (well, part-time Batman) to be hugely disappointing.
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9:10PM on 11/18/2013

Christian Bale, F-Yeah!

Kevin Conroy's Bat-voice will always be the greatest, most iconic of all time, but I had no problem with Bale's voice whatsoever. There were instances when he pushed it a lil' too far, but in Nolan's grounded world it seems natural that someone wouldn't have complete control over the tone of their voice. I'm sure a lot of people didn't have a problem with it either, but just hopped into the Cool Kid Bandwagon to look smart and analytical, like a real film-critic.
Kevin Conroy's Bat-voice will always be the greatest, most iconic of all time, but I had no problem with Bale's voice whatsoever. There were instances when he pushed it a lil' too far, but in Nolan's grounded world it seems natural that someone wouldn't have complete control over the tone of their voice. I'm sure a lot of people didn't have a problem with it either, but just hopped into the Cool Kid Bandwagon to look smart and analytical, like a real film-critic.
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9:09PM on 11/18/2013
I never had a problem with Bale's bat voice in any of the films (even though I think it was best used in Batman Begins) and it made sense for Batman to change his voice while in the suit. If he didn't, everyone close to Bruce other than Alfred, Lucius and Rachel would know who Batman was in seconds.

I think the problem with the voice was that it maybe got irritating when he spoke for along time. I think the voice world much better with shorter answers and/or statements.
I never had a problem with Bale's bat voice in any of the films (even though I think it was best used in Batman Begins) and it made sense for Batman to change his voice while in the suit. If he didn't, everyone close to Bruce other than Alfred, Lucius and Rachel would know who Batman was in seconds.

I think the problem with the voice was that it maybe got irritating when he spoke for along time. I think the voice world much better with shorter answers and/or statements.
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9:38PM on 11/18/2013
My grammar sucks in that post.
My grammar sucks in that post.
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8:42PM on 11/18/2013
I always thought the bat-voice complaints got blown out of proportion. I had no problem with it. It made sense that someone trying to create an image of fear and intimidation would create a voice to match, not to mention try to hide his true voice.
Anyway, it'll be interesting to see what Affleck does for his voice. I'd suggest using Kevin Conroy from the Animated Series as a guide.
I always thought the bat-voice complaints got blown out of proportion. I had no problem with it. It made sense that someone trying to create an image of fear and intimidation would create a voice to match, not to mention try to hide his true voice.
Anyway, it'll be interesting to see what Affleck does for his voice. I'd suggest using Kevin Conroy from the Animated Series as a guide.
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