HOLLYWOOD, CA - Having lined up for four hours to watch the latest installment of the Batman saga Thursday, fans of the series were left stunned as a major continuity flaw saw Christian Bale introduce a significantly higher register to the Caped Crusader's voice.
Bale, who usually effects a rough, husky tone during moments of heated dialogue, is believed to have raised his pitch by almost three octaves in an effort to give The Dark Knight Rises what was naively intended as "something a little different."
"There was a great amount of character development during shoots," said the 38-year-old actor, in an apparent effort to justify the extreme vocal transition. "Christopher (Nolan) and I were able flesh out some deeper elements of the character, to bring out a softer side, a more boyish side."
"The fans are going to love it," he continued.
Meanwhile, Bale's bizarre performance throughout The Dark Knight Rises has caused fans to reappraise the entire saga, with many calling for a prequel movie in which Batman reveals a growing obsession with helium.
"It would make me feel a little bit better about this movie," said lifelong Batman fanatic Mark Freeman. "Because it fucking sucked."