Christian Bale's Batman is infamous for a lot of things, but nothing moreso than his strange whisper/growl of a voice. "Does Batman have a sore throat?" everyone wondered. "Does Batman need a lozenge?"
No, no lozenge—in a new interview with MTV, Bale explained that the voice was actually the result of him not being able to fathom a guy like Bruce Wayne talking in a normal voice while wearing the Batsuit, because "what kind of guy walks around, dressed like a bat?"
We'll let him explain:
"I got there. They put me in Val Kilmer's suit. It didn't even fit properly, and I stood in it and I went 'I feel like an idiot.' What kind of guy walks around, dressed like a bat? And is then going to go 'Hello, how are you? Just ignore that I'm dressed as a bat.' Of course, he's meant to be doing this," Bale said. "If you look at the history of the guy and the pain that he went through. I went 'I can't do this in a normal voice. I have to become a beast in order to sell this to myself.'
Apparently, not everyone loved it in the beginning. Though the voice (obviously) went over well in the auditions, Bale explained that when he went home that night to tell his wife, Sibi Blazic, how it went. When he put on the voice for her, she wasn't exactly a fan:
" Even though that voice would go on to define what people thought of Batman's voice, the initial reviews of Bale's audition weren't as sterling as his later ones. "I went home that evening, and my wife said, 'How'd it go?' I went, 'I kind of did this.' And I showed her, and she went, 'Oh, you f---ed that one up, didn't you?' " he said. "Thank God they went for it."
Bale also had some words for the future Batman, Ben Affleck:
"[The voice] ain't for everybody. Ben's obviously going to have to do his own thing, but it was the only way that I could find how to get into that and to justify wearing the fricking Batsuit. Otherwise, he's just loopy beyond belief. He's loopy, but he's loopy with a method to his madness," Bale said. "I wish [Affleck] the best. You look at this kid, Batkid.... That gives the whole point. It doesn't matter which actor is playing him. He's a symbol. He's so much bigger than any actor. That's all. This little kid, he doesn't really care which actor's playing him. It's the symbol of the whole thing, and that's what makes the character so fantastic. I look forward to seeing what Ben will do with it."
You can check out Bale's full interview with MTV down below.