With The Dark Knight Trilogy Blu-ray set arriving on September 24, it's a chance not only to look back at last summer's The Dark Knight Rises, but uncover the steps for the creation of the entire trilogy of Batman films from Christopher Nolan. Yesterday we brought you the video from the Blu-ray of Christian Bale auditioning as Batman, wearing Val Kilmer's suit from Batman Forever and acting opposite Amy Adams as Rachel Dawes. Now, both in the image above and several below posted by Batman-News, you can see screenshots from Anne Hathaway's audition years later to play Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman. But first, who's this other guy in the same Batsuit? That'd be Cillian Murphy, who auditioned to play Bruce Wayne but eventually wound up as The Scarecrow, appearing in all three films.
Murphy actually looks pretty much at home under the suit, though I think we can all agree it's better to have his preppy, terrifying take on The Scarecrow out in the world instead. As for Hathaway, she looks pretty much perfect in her audition and essentially exactly as she looked in the movie, though she did eventually manage to tame those flyaway hairs (thankfully she kept the dark red lipstick).
The release of the Dark Knight Trilogy collector's edition Blu-ray, which you can pre-order here, gives us one last chance to revisit Nolan's take on Gotham before jumping fully into the new one, which is coming soon whether you like it or not. Ben Affleck is playing a "tired, weary and seasoned" Batman, he will be fighting Superman, and he all be directed by Zack Snyder, the man who brought you Man of Steel and 300 but also one of history's worst sex scenes. You can be the judge of which matters more to you.