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'The Dark Knight': Is Bale's voice too much? Tribune wire reports August 4, 2008 NEW YORK _ Why does Christian Bale 's Batman talk like the offspring of Clint Eastwood and a grizzly bear? As Bruce Wayne, his ... Full Story
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K Johnson

United States

#1 Aug 5, 2008
I was glad to hear the change. One of the laughable things about Batman Begins is that Batman and Wayne both talk with Bale's trademark lisp. How K. Holmes could stand on that El platform and not burst out laughing when she first meets Batman is beyond me.
J Potter

Hermosa Beach, CA

#2 Aug 5, 2008
I thought the raspier voice was just a disguise to cover his true voice. If he was talking with a normal voice, it would be much easier to figure out who he is. Especially since these movies have moved away from a fantasy version of batman and focused on a more realistic model.
Evan

San Francisco, CA

#3 Aug 5, 2008
What kind of complaint is that?
C Smith

Columbus, OH

#4 Aug 5, 2008
I was under the impression that batman's new suit was equipped with biosensors that could detect heightened blood pressure and strain on his vocal cords, at which point the suit can modify soundwaves to provide the intimidating man/animal voice, as well as echolocation for close quarter combat...
ixeos

Houston, TX

#5 Aug 5, 2008
It's part of the batsuit... it changes his voice on purpose:

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/batsui...
SLH

United States

#6 Aug 5, 2008
I like the idea of the darker and deeper voice when Wayne becomes Batman, however in "Dark Knight" it was a bit overkill, as it made it difficult to understand what he was saying. My husband, father-in-law, brother-in-law and I all noticed the same thing after seeing the movie together opening night. Sometimes less is more.
have to say it

San Josť, Costa Rica

#7 Aug 5, 2008
Ok, when i left the theatre, the only observation I had about an otherwise perfect movie was: "the voice sounde too fake". Until I came to the conclusion that it sounds fake because it is fake. You see, Batman talks with people that know him as Bruce Wayne. So he somehow has to disguise his voice. It is over the top, but that is how Batman wants it to be so he can conceal his true identity. Conclusion: Perfect Movie
dumb

Lubbock, TX

#8 Aug 5, 2008
This was explained in batman begins, it's a voice modulator for disguising his voice while in his bat-suit.
Jay

Orange, CA

#9 Aug 5, 2008
He changes his voice to disguise his true identity. Why even question this.
Greg

Fresno, CA

#10 Aug 5, 2008
Although I dont like his take on the voice, in a way it does kind of make sense. With all the people that batman and bruice wayne both deal with, with him altering his voice as batman it somewhat prevents people from discovering batmans identity.
Stupid Article

United States

#11 Aug 5, 2008
Watch Batman Begins, it explains why he changes his voice as Batman.

1) Anonymity.
2) Intimidation.
adrian

Boise, ID

#12 Aug 5, 2008
Did anyone ever consider, christopher nolan should have pointed this out, that batman has to hide his identity and speaking in your actual voice is just another way to give away his secret. Certainly there are metaphorical reasons for having a deeper than usual voice, but the most apparent has to be the protection of his identity. consider scenes where he talks with morgan freeman; no need to hide his identity right, but in hollyworld no director would instruct christian bale to speak normally in this scene because it will confuse the audience. Protection of identity is how I saw it at least.
darthhelmer

Andrews, TX

#13 Aug 5, 2008
my guess is that the idea with the voice is technological. There is a voice changing device in the batman suit that disguises his voice. Since Bruce Wayne is a well know person, he would want to disguise his voice. a voice modulator in the suit would do this.

It makes sense.
Chris

Omaha, NE

#14 Aug 5, 2008
And you didn't notice this in "Batman Begins"? I love both movies but his Batman voice gets old REAL quick.
Bradley

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Aug 5, 2008
It was widely reported in the magazines and stuff that the ears on the suit are speakers and when he talks, it is mic'd altered and sent through the ear speakers. His voice was like that in the first movie too. This provides a little more of an identity shield and also is intimidating to villains.
Mike

Peoria, AZ

#16 Aug 5, 2008
WHERE ARE THEY!?

Where are what Batman?

WHERE ARE THE CIGARETTES?!
Xian

Columbia, TN

#17 Aug 5, 2008
Anyone ever just think its b/c someone might recognize his voice? I mean is this really what we have come to, finding something so petty just so we can make a movie have a downside?!? I just find it kind of sad that we as a society cannot even let something as simple as this slide. Its not distracting. The movie was an excellent step forwards in film after a season of disappointing cinematic let downs. Cut Bale some slack, there is a simple reason for why the voice has dropped when in costume.
Rob

Danville, CA

#18 Aug 5, 2008
Did you ever consider that wasting time explaining minor details like this takes time away from telling the story?
darthhelmer wrote:
my guess is that the idea with the voice is technological. There is a voice changing device in the batman suit that disguises his voice. Since Bruce Wayne is a well know person, he would want to disguise his voice. a voice modulator in the suit would do this.
It makes sense.
Rob

Danville, CA

#19 Aug 5, 2008
I hope whoever wrote this trite peice of trash didn't get paid much for it. I see that whoever they were they were too cowardly to put their name to it. Seriously, this is the kind of crap the Tribune thinks is news worthy?
joker

San Mateo, CA

#20 Aug 5, 2008
like other people said already, it was part of the bat suit.

I saw a bit of batman begins on tv the other night and noticed when he first visited Lt. Gordon and he just had the ski mask; He was using his normal bruce wayne voice. It wasnt until he got the bat suit that his voice took on that raspy growl. Which i think came from speakers in the cape or something that made it hard to pinpoint his voice and helped better intimidate the bad guys.

I like his new suit in dark knight, it looks more like armor now. with weak points at the seams, rather than a big rubber hermetically sealed suit. It looks like something a special ops army guy might wear. The only indulgence being the mask and cape.

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