The sets are a bit wonky, the Batsuit is Val Kilmer's and Amy Adams (!) is Rachel Dawes, but in Bale's performance you can still spot the seeds of his powerful turn as the Caped Crusader.
With millions of dollars on the line, Hollywood have to make absolutely certain they're picking the actor for the job, so elaborate in-costume scenes are frequently filmed to get a sense for the finished performance.
Digital Spy has trawled through the video archives to find 10 screen tests featuring actors trying out for the roles that made them famous, and a few who missed out on a career-changer by a whisker.
Tom Selleck for Raiders of the Lost Ark
Tom Selleck's career could have turned out very differently if his commitment to Magnum PI hadn't scuppered his chances of playing Indiana Jones. Selleck was believed to be Steven Spielberg and George Lucas's first choice for the part, but fate intervened and Harrison Ford eventually nabbed the part.
Christopher Reeve for Superman
Director Richard Donner was adamant that Superman had to be played by an unknown actor so as not to overshadow the iconic superhero. In the footage below, Reeve is skinny, sweating and decked out in a cheap costume, but the authority and sincerity that came across in his four Superman outings are there for all to see.
Chris Klein for Mamma Mia!
"I can't sing! I don't know why I was in there. But I took a chance!" said Chris Klein after his try-out for Mamma Mia! caused an online stir. In fairness, the American Pie actor took it all in good humour and even made a spoof for Funny or Die. The real deal audition is below...
Kate Winslet and Jeremy Sisto for Titanic
Kate Winslet was just 19 years old when she auditioned for James Cameron's blockbuster romance Titanic. In the elaborate test below you get to see just how confident she was in the part even at such an early stage. Opposite her as Jack isn't Leonardo DiCaprio though, it's Jeremy Sisto.
Kurt Russell for Star Wars
George Lucas tested just about everybody for the three main roles in Star Wars, and Kurt Russell was one of the many actors to go up for the role of Han Solo. He didn't get it, of course, but would later get to channel some of that Solo spirit into Snake Plissken.
Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind
The search to find Scarlett O'Hara is one of the most-publicised in Hollywood history. Vivien Leigh eventually landed the role after a two-year search, which saw Diana Barrymore, Lana Turner and Jean Arthur all walking through the MGM gates in the hope of landing that career-defining part.
James Brolin for Octopussy
The Bond casting stories are lengthy and legendary. Everybody from Sam Neill to Henry Cavill has given strong auditions, but one intriguing test is James Brolin's. The American actor nearly became Bond when Roger Moore came close to departing around the time of Octopussy. Here he is in a somewhat cheesy fight sequence, and below is a love scene with Maud Adams...
Robert Downey Jr for Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr had banished his personal demons before Tony Stark came calling, but Marvel still had to be convinced he was the man for the job by Iron Man director Jon Favreau. The filmmaker put together an extended test reel that saw a laid-back Downey Jr breeze through with supreme confidence.
Steve Carell for Anchorman
Steve Carell nails Anchorman's dim-witted Brick Tamland right from the off, going back and forth with an off-screen Will Ferrell as he discusses picking up his lunch from a dustbin. This audition was more than enough to bag Carell a spot on the Channel 4 news team.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson for Harry Potter
Directors find it difficult to cast child actors at the best of times, but when the movie is based on a beloved fantasy series spanning several books, the pressure gets amped up considerably. Chris Columbus's early Harry Potter outings may not be the best of the series, but you can't argue with the director's choice of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in the lead roles. Watch an extended look at Radcliffe and all three testing together below...