Watch Christian Bale Audition For Batman Begins In Val Kilmer's Batsuit

Over the years we've seen many different actors put on the Batsuit and become Batman for a live-action feature, from Adam West to Michael Keaton to George Clooney, but few have done the classic comic book superhero justice quite like Christian Bale. Not only was his performance in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy considered by many to be the best on-screen portrayal of the character, many fans hoped that his version of the character would carry over to the upcoming Man of Steel sequel/Batman vs. Superman film. And now, thanks to the above video courtesy of, we have our first look at what could possibly be Bale's first time wearing the Batsuit... and it happened to be the one that Val Kilmer wore when he played the superhero in Batman Forever.

As the source notes, this clip comes from the documentary "The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy," which is one of the speicial features that comes with the brand new Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray box set that will be hitting shelves tomorrow. While the full doc is actually 76-minutes long, this tiny one-and-a-half minute clip alone is packed with tons of information, from the fact that Amy Adams stood in as Rachel Dawes during the Batman Begins auditioning process (she would later go on to play Lois Lane in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel) to the reveal that it was Bale's voice as Batman that helped him win the part.

To compare with the screen test above, you can watch the actual scene from the final movie below:

The documentary isn't the only special extra that Warner Bros. has packed into the new Batman box set. Also included are Hot Wheels versions of Batmobile, Batpod and Bat, five mini posters designed by Austin-based poster company Mondo, a 48-page hardcover book full of production stills and artwork, and a six-disc booklet that also includes art from every movie in the series. The set is a limited edition, so if you don't purchase soon you may miss your chance entirely.

The Dark Knight Trilogy Collector's Edition

Now as a special treat enjoy the awesome supercut of all three movies below, which won't be included in the Blu-ray set but is still very awesome.

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