Watch Christian Bale and Cillian Murphy Audition to Play Batman in THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY Blu-ray Extra

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In a little under two years, we will have a new Batman onscreen by way of Ben Affleck.  It’s a very short turnaround considering that Christopher Nolan just finished his Dark Knight Trilogy last year, but Warner Bros. clearly wants to keep the momentum it gained with Man of Steel, and bringing Batman back into the fold appears to be part of that plan.  Let’s not forget, though, that Nolan’s new vision for Batman with Batman Begins was a complete 180 from any Batman iteration—or superhero movie in general—that we had seen before, and the process of casting the caped crusader was the most important piece of the puzzle.

The new Blu-ray set The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition went on sale earlier this week, and one of the many new extras found on the set is a retrospective look at casting the Batman, featuring interviews with everyone from Nolan to Damon Lindelof.  A portion of that feature has made its way online, and after the jump you can watch Christian BaleCillian Murphy, and Eion Bailey (Band of Brothers) audition for the lead role and Nolan himself discuss the lengthy casting process.

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  • Sawyer

    Bale is God. His “Swear to me!” is so much better than that other guy’s.

    • Chris “Sell Out Punk” Nolan

      Want me want, squire is a Batman what nobody can comprehend while he’s talking Guv. That ways we can pass off laughably ridiculous dialogue and da fanboys will eat it up they will. They don’t got no standards and are falling over themselves to proclaim anything comic book as deep. While got to shat out da Dark Knight Rises. ‘Cuse me a moment.

      • NolanIsGod

        You know what man, there are over the top insults and then there are just facts. Facts– the Dark Knight Rises is the new Citizen Kane, Nolan probably has the genes of Da Vinci, Einstein and Hitchcock, which is why he’s such an awesome filmmaker, and Nolan is basically the next incarnation of Jesus Christ.

      • missy

        STFU you fucking FOLLOWER the dark knight is NOT the new CK or anything like that….you and all of the DRONES just follow what is big based on hype and bullshit……go away.

      • missy

        Also, does anybody know if there is a Trayvon Martin impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like CORN. ;-) Lulz!

    • Chris “Sell Out Punk” Nolan

      Also, does anybody know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like CORN. ;-) Lulz!

  • varagor

    There is something written on Nolan’s hand in the video (maybe “wow”). WTF?

    • Strong Enough

      Its an acronym for “Whack Off Warners”. It’s so Nolan can remember to compromise himself at any opportunity to provide the most mediocre product imaginable to sales will be maximized. Nolan’s wrist got a pretty big work out throughout the trilogy, jacking every exec in sight.

      • Strong Enough

        But at the end of the day, I was the only one who got to whack him off. He left me on a leash in the middle of the Warner lot. I also served valiantly as his ass monkey. I contributed to the creative process!!!!

    • Strong Enough

      Also, does anybody know if there is a Trayvon Martin impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like CORN. ;-) Lulz!

  • ʝoe Ģnaśher ßloggs

    Nice feature! Would have been nice to see more of Cillian’s take on Batman/Wayne.

    • Gerard Kennelly

      i reckon darren aranofskys ‘batman begins’ woulda been like that

  • NICK НΛRT

    cillian as bruce/batman is weird. something about his intensity in the suit tells me with a little bit of voice alteration and a lot of working out that he may have actually pulled it off, but he’s a little bit too peculiar looking facial-wise to do bruce

    • ʝoe Ģnaśher ßloggs

      Also the lack of overt masculinity compared to Bale.

    • Gerard Kennelly

      david lynchs batman !!!!!!!

  • Mars

    Eion Bailey could pull off Bruce Wayne, not sure about Batman, though.

  • Nick

    Honestly though, why in the world does Chris hardwick have to be everywhere? Can you please stop finding a way to infest the things I love Chris hardwick? Your 2 second ’2cents’ is not needed. I seriously can’t stand that guy

  • brNdon

    Kevin Conroy had two voices for Batman and Bruce Wayne years before Christian Bale “came up with the idea.”

    • Roy Batty

      So did Keaton for that matter!

  • Jespy123

    Bailey was awful. They definitely made the right casting choices. Man, this makes me sad to remember how good BB and Dark Knight were to what a disaster Rises was.

  • pinkincide

    Cillian Murphy makes a creepy, psychotic Wayne. That would’ve been interesting.

    • Lex Walker

      And there is some part of Wayne that is inherently insane. I would’ve liked to see that too.

  • blade

    thank god i saw it before warner blocked it

  • bidi

    i saw the Bale screen test with Amy Adams on Yahoo like two days ago. would’ve liked to see Cillian Murphy but fucking WB blocked it. jerks

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