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Watch: Christian Bale Explains The Motivation Behind His Trademark Batman Voice For 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 19, 2013 9:38 AM
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Aside from its blistering visual sense now expected from “Inception” director Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight” trilogy of films featured an entire spectrum of interesting aural performance choices, from Heath Ledger's drawly turn as the Joker to the terrifying incoherence of Bane as interpreted by Tom Hardy. However, the original--and the one consistent through all three films--is of course Christian Bale's gravelly-voiced Batman. Thanks to a look at the actor's audition tape in the recent box set for the trilogy, the voice has confirmed itself as always tied to the character and the role, but recently Bale spoke about his major choice and its reasoning.

Watch: Cillian Murphy's Audition Tape To Play Batman In Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 2:44 PM
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More goodies from the recently released "The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition" are making their way online, albeit briefly. Over the weekend, footage of Christian Bale's audition to play Bruce Wayne, from the extra features on the set, landed online, only to be quickly yanked and we presume the same will happen here, so click now while you can.

David S. Goyer Says He Had To Tell Christopher Nolan What The Batman Canon Was For 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 11:34 AM
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While Christopher Nolan certainly deserves the praise he's received for taking Batman, and updating the character with a 21st century makeover, and placing the superhero in a gritty, realistic context, perhaps his greatest asset was not being overly familiar with the source material. And thus, he wasn't beholden to any preconceived notions of what "The Dark Knight" trilogy of films could and couldn't be. But with that being said, there were still rules to follow, and Nolan had a little help in setting up that framework.

Watch: 10-Minute Epic Retrospective Of 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 12:29 PM
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Bat-fans are likely patiently awaiting the mailman or, if such a thing still exists, have already hit their local video store to snap up "The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition" which arrives today. Packaging all three of Christopher Nolan's Batman films, the set comes packed with extras, including such nuggets as Christian Bale's first audition tape, that finds him wearing Val Kilmer's suit reading his lines to Amy Adams (watch that here). But we doubt even the most diehard of fans will have to time to rewatch all three movies in one day, so here's another way to revisit the trilogy.

Watch: Christian Bale's 'Batman Begins' Audition Tape Featuring Amy Adams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2013 11:19 AM
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Though "Interstellar" is still over a year away from hitting theaters, for Christopher Nolan fans looking for a fix, the forthcoming "The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition" will have plenty to dig into. More than just a box throwing together the three Batman movies, it's coming with a boatload of extra material, some of which is now making its way online.

Happy Birthday Christopher Nolan! Watch 20-Minute 'Charlie Rose' Episode With The Director For 'Batman Begins'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 2:57 PM
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It would seem that Christopher Nolan is one of the few top-tier directors to have made nary a misstep in his career. While our retrospective from about a year ago, perhaps controversially, argues that his weakest films were "Following" and "Batman Begins," even in those cases they weren't outright failures and still offered many of the techniques, motifs and trademarks that he has established consistently across a strong brace of films. Up next for the director is his secretive (naturally) sci-fi "Interstellar," but before he starts work on that next month he's got one thing to get out of the way first. Blowing out his birthday candles.

20 Superhero Movies That Couldn't Fly All The Way To The Big Screen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 2:18 PM
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This weekend "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium-clawed avenger (is he ever not playing Wolverine?), will be slashing its way onto screens nationwide. But as fans know, this wasn't the original vision that Jackman and Fox had in mind. No, that version was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Black Swan," and we can only imagine what his take would've been on the story (based in part on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont run from the '80s) that serves as the foundation for this reboot. The movie's prolonged Japanese shoot was cited as the reason for his departure, but one also wonders if he would've been able to have the full creative sway he's used to.

Batman Returns: 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy Gets Another Boxset With New Featurettes, Toys & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 4:30 PM
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Is this a double dip or a triple dip? Maybe somewhere in between? You already own all the films in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy. Or maybe you waited and sprung for the "The Dark Knight" Trilogy Limited Edition (lol) Giftset last year. Well, Warner Bros. wants to pry a few more Bat-dollars out of superfans, so they are taking one more crack at the apple...

Watch: ABC Family's 'Batman Begin's Promo Takes The "Dark" Out Of The Dark Knight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 11:41 AM
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That ABC Family is even showing "Batman Begins" in the first place is a whole other conversation (though, the cable company also snapped up the TV rights to "The Hunger Games" so what do we know). But they are aware that a dark movie about a guy grieving over his parents' murder who decides to use the family's corporate abilities to build military grade equipment to fight a mad scientist who wants to basically make an entire city drop acid probably isn't the easiest sell for young kids.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Batman Begins'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2012 9:56 AM
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While we appreciate that you're probably focused on this Friday's release of Daniel Auteil's directorial debut "The Well-Digger's Daughter," this week also sees the release of one other little film: "The Dark Knight Rises," the third and final chapter of Christopher Nolan's reinvention of the Batman character and world. The most critically acclaimed superhero franchise to date, the films have seen Nolan (who before turning to the series had only made three movies, all relatively small-budgeted thrillers) take a grounded approach, tackling the on-the-surface silly premise of a man dressing up as a bat to fight crime, and making it psychologically plausiuble in a way that's proven endlessly influential on tentpoles ever since.

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