As a new collector’s edition of “The Dark Knight Trilogy” is set for release, the actor who played the iconic character is sharing secrets of his road to the Batsuit.

Christian Bale, who starred as the Caped Crusader in the series, tells MTV that the character’s iconic voice came simply from him not wanting to feel stupid in the Batsuit.

“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?” he said, adding, “I went, ‘I can’t do this in my normal voice. I have to become a beast in order to sell this to myself.”

Bale was worried that the voice might have messed up the audition, but of course, the rest is history. He also used the viral story of a San Francisco boy granted his Make-a-Wish of being “Batkid” as a lesson for Ben Affleck, who will take on the role in the upcoming “Batman Vs. Superman” film.

“You look at this kid, Batkid… That gives the whole point. He’s so much bigger than any actor,” Bale added (via MTV). 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.”

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