New video shows Chanhassen theater alum opposite Bale in Batman audition


Turns out that Chanhassen Dinner Theatres alum and "Man of Steel" star Amy Adams helped Batman star Christian Bale take flight, too.

Variety reports that Adams read lines opposite Bale in the screen test that won him the coveted role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 2005 hit "Batman Begins." Video of the screen test has been released for the first time as part of director Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Trilogy: The Ultimate Edition," new on video Tuesday.

Adams stepped in for Katie Holmes to read Rachel Dawes' lines for the screen test as a favor for one of the filmmakers. At the time, Adams star was still on the rise, having only starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in a small supporting role in Steven Spielberg's crime caper "Catch Me If You Can."

Bale, who was wearing Val Kilmer's batsuit from "Batman Forever" for the audition, won the part, of course, and Adams went to earn four Best Supporting Oscar nominations for "Junebug," "Doubt," "The Fighter" (opposite Best Supporting Actor winner Bale) and most recently, "The Master."

The actress played Lois Lane opposite Henry Cavill last summer in the blockbuster hit "Man of Steel," and will reprise the role in the hotly anticipated sequel, "Batman Vs. Superman" in 2015. This time, however, Ben Affleck has been cast in the Bruce Wayne/Batman role.

Adams' big-screen debut came in the 1999 comedy-style fake documentary "Drop Dead Gorgeous," which was filmed in Minnesota.

See Bale's Batman audition, featuring Adams, below.

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