Watch Christian Bale's Batman Audition in Val Kilmer's Batsuit!

Amy Adams stepped in for the actor's screen test before he won this coveted role in director Christopher Nolan's trilogy.
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Watch Christian Bale's Batman Audition in Val Kilmer's Batsuit!

Fans can relive director Christopher Nolan's blockbuster Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray, arriving on September 24. Today, we have an excerpt from the special features, which shows star Christian Bale's first screen test as Batman opposite Amy Adams, while wearing Val Kilmer's Batman suit. Director Christopher Nolan also explains what stood out to him about that initial performance, including the actor's decision to give Batman a different voice than Bruce Wayne. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video, then take a look at the full special features details below.

Christopher Nolan's reimagining of the Batman franchise beginning with 2005's Batman Begins enjoyed phenomenal critical and box-office success. Now on September 24, Nolan's three Batman films - Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises - will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition. The six-disc set will feature all three films with their existing extra content, two new featurettes and exclusive new collectible memorabilia. This must-own collection for fans of DC Comics' Caped Crusader is available in premium packaging and will sell for $99.97 SRP.

About the Ultimate Collector's Edition (UCE):

  • Disc 1 - Batman Begins Feature and Special Features

    Disc 2 - The Dark Knight Feature

    Disc 3 - The Dark Knight Special Features

    Disc 4 - The Dark Knight Rises Feature

    Disc 5 - The Dark Knight Rises Special Features

    Disc 6 - Bonus Disc of New Special Features (details follow)

New Special Features:

  • The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy - The inside perspective on the fascinating story behind the creation of one of the most celebrated franchises and how it changed the scope of movie making....forever. Full of never-before-seen footage, rare moments, and exclusive interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder and others.

    - Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation - For the first time, Directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Donner (Superman) sit down to discuss the trials and triumphs involved in bringing the two most iconic superheroes of all time to the big screen, and how Superman influenced Nolan when developing Batman Begins.

    - IMAX Sequences: The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises - See your favorite scenes as they were intended in the original IMAX aspect ratio

Exclusive New Memorabilia:

  • Premium Mattel Hot Wheels Vehicles: Batmobile, Batpod and Tumbler

    - Newly commissioned collectible art cards by Mondo featuring Scarecrow, Joker, Bane, Harvey Dent, and Ra's al Ghul

    - 48-page hardcover book featuring production stills and behind the scenes images from all three movies

About The Films

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

The Dark Knight (2008)

The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning from Batman Begins are Oldman, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

Dark Knight Rises (2012)

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. Christian Bale stars, along with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.

Batman Begins was released June 15th, 2005.

The Dark Knight was released July 18th, 2008.

The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012.

Sources:Batman News

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