Why did Christian Bale change his voice for The Dark Knight?

Was this his decision or the producers? I honestly thought it was a weird voice when he was Batman, and think he sounded way better in Batman Begins? Anybody have any details?

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  • AIRI
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    1 decade ago
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    Voice is important to the credibility of the character if the director doesn' t feel his a good choose use Bale voice is allowed to change to

    increase the darker side of Batman

    What i got from the official Link below

    Though "The Dark Knight" has been a bona fide cultural event, boasting rave reviews and boffo box office, it hasn't been immune to criticism. Some have quibbled with its political undercurrents, and others have criticized a muddled theme.

    But here's the critique most widely held: Why does Batman talk like the offspring of Clint Eastwood and a grizzly bear?

    Donning the costume for the second time, Christian Bale has delved deeper into the lower registers. As Bruce Wayne, his voice is as smooth as his finely pressed suits. But once he puts the cape on, the transformation of his vocal chords is just as dramatic as his costume change.

    Particularly when his rage boils over, Bale's Batman growls in an almost beastly fashion, reflecting how close he teeters between do-gooder and vengeance-crazed crusader.

    The Dark Knight" hauled in $43.8 million to rank as Hollywood's top movie for the third straight weekend, fending off "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," which opened a close second with $42.5 million. It has earned $394.9 million in just 17 days, according to studio estimates Sunday.

    Though much of the voice effect is Bale's own doing, under the guidance of director Christopher Nolan and supervising sound editor Richard King, the frequency of his Batman voice was modulated to exaggerate the effect.

    Critics and fans have noticed.

    "His Batman rasps his lines in a voice that's deeper and hammier than ever," said NPR's David Edelstein.

    The New Yorker's David Denby praised the urgency of Bale's Batman, but lamented that he "delivers his lines in a hoarse voice with an unvarying inflection."

    Reviewing the film for MSNBC, Alonso Duralde wrote that Bale's Batman in "Batman Begins" "sounded absurdly deep, like a 10-year-old putting on an `adult' voice to make prank phone calls. This time, Bale affects an eerie rasp, somewhat akin to Brenda Vaccaro doing a Miles Davis impression."

    Before the similes run too far afield, it's worth considering where the concept of a throaty Batman comes from.

    In his portrayal on the `60s "Batman" TV series, Adam West didn't alter his voice between Bruce Wayne and Batman. Decades later when Tim Burton brought "Batman" to the big screen in a much darker incarnation, Michael Keaton's inflection was notably _ but not considerably _ different from one to the other.

    But it was a lesser-known actor who, a few years after Burton's film, made perhaps the most distinct imprint on Batman's voice. Kevin Conroy, as the voice of the animated Batman in various projects from 1992's "Batman: The Animated Series" right up until this year's "Batman: Gotham Knight," brought a darker, raspier vocalization to Batman.

    Conroy has inhabit the role longer than anyone else and though animated voice-over work doesn't have the same cachet as feature film acting, there are quarters where Conroy is viewed as the best Batman of them all _ certainly superior to Val Kilmer or George Clooney.

    The animated series are notable because they drew on the DC Comics of Batman as envisioned by Frank Miller, whose work heavily informs "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight." (Bale and Nolan were unavailable to comment for this story.)

    As Batman has gotten darker, his voice has gotten deeper. As some critics suggest, Bale and "The Dark Knight" may have reached a threshold, at least audition

    1) Batman's "Dirty Harry" voice.

    2) Two-face's over reaction (over acting) to the loss of his girlfriend.

    3) Unnecessary and gratuitous "cell-phone-cyber-vision" sequence in the final fight scene.

    4) Gary Oldman's in and out English accent

    Example: Batman (speaking like Bruce): I'm going after the Joker.

    Commissioner Gordon: Bruce is that you? Is it Halloween already?

    If you saw "Batman Begins" you'll remember that Bruce talks about how he wanted his alter-ego to tap into elemental fear. You can't do that by speaking in a normal voice. You have to sound the part. A low sinister growl fits the bill.

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    1 decade ago

    It's meant to be intimidating and not human like... if it sounds raspy and animal like, that's the effing point and to disguise his voice, so no one finds out he's Bruce wayne.

    Under the guidance of director Christopher Nolan and supervising sound editor Richag, the frequency of his Batman voice was modulated to exaggerate the effect.

  • 1 decade ago

    The director wanted a tougher grittier Batman to fit the film

  • 1 decade ago

    In the comics, Bruce Wayne talks with a gravelly voice to disguise his voice, but at some point, he begins to talk like that all the time.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its to disguise his voice so no one can figure out if he's Bruce or relate Batman to Bruce.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because it's not called "The Suave, Debonair Knight", it's "The DARK Knight"

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