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Batman Begins

2005  140 MN


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Christopher Nolan
  Director




Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.

 Release Date

June 10, 2005

 Runtime

2h20m (140 min)

 Budget

$ 150,000,000

 Revenue

$ 374,218,673


 Top Billed Cast

 Christian Bale
 Bruce Wayne / Batman
 Liam Neeson
 Ra's al Ghul / Henri Ducard
 Michael Caine
 Alfred Pennyworth
 Katie Holmes
 Rachel Dawes
 Gary Oldman
 James Gordon
 Cillian Murphy
 Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow


 Written by

Christopher Nolan Screenplay
David S. Goyer Screenplay
Bob Kane Characters

 Tagline

Evil fears the knight.

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 Cast

Christian Bale
  Bruce Wayne / Batman
Liam Neeson
  Ra's al Ghul / Henri Ducard
Michael Caine
  Alfred Pennyworth
Katie Holmes
  Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman
  James Gordon
Cillian Murphy
  Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
Morgan Freeman
  Lucius Fox
Tom Wilkinson
  Carmine "The Roman" Falcone
Rutger Hauer
  William Earle
Mark Boone Junior
  Arnold Flass
Ken Watanabe
  decoy Ra's al Ghul
Linus Roache
  Thomas Wayne
Gus Lewis
  Bruce Wayne (Age 8)
Emma Lockhart
  Rachel Dawes (Age 8)
Colin McFarlane
  Gillian B. Loeb
Jay Buozzi
  Asian Man
Larry Holden
  Carl Finch
Christine Adams
  Jessica
Vincent Wong
  Old Asian Prisoner
Sara Stewart
  Martha Wayne
Richard Brake
  Joe Chill
Gerard Murphy
  Judge Faden
Charles Edwards
  Wayne Enterprises Executive
Tim Booth
  Victor Zsaz
Rade Šerbedžija
  Homeless Man
Risteard Cooper
  Captain Simonson
Andrew Pleavin
  Uniformed Policeman #2
Shane Rimmer
  Older Gotham Water Board Technician
Jeremy Theobald
  Younger Gotham Water Board Technician
Jack Gleeson
  Little Boy
Jon Foo
  League of Shadows Warrior (uncredited)
Joey Ansah
  League of Shadows Warrior (uncredited)
Spencer Wilding
  League of Shadows Warrior
Dave Legeno
  League of Shadows Warrior
Khan Bonfils
  League of Shadows Warrior
Rodney Ryan
  League of Shadows Warrior
Dean Alexandrou
  League of Shadows Warrior (uncredited)
T.J. Ramini
  Crane Thug #1
Kieran Hurley
  Crane Thug #2
Catherine Porter
  Blonde Female Reporter / Assassin
John Nolan
  Fredericks
Karen David
  Courthouse Reporter #1
Jonathan D. Ellis
  Courthouse Reporter #2
Tamer Hassan
  Faden's Limo Driver
Ronan Leahy
  Uniformed Policeman #1
Tom Wu
  Bhutanese Prison Guard #1
Mark Chiu
  Bhutanese Prison Guard #2
Turbo Kong
  Enormous Prisoner
Sai-Kit Yung
  Chinese Police Officer
Chike Chan
  Chinese Police Officer
Jamie Hayden
  Stocky Chinese Man
David Murray
  Jumpy Thug
Darragh Kelly
  Dock Thug #3
John Kazek
  Dock Thug #2
Joseph Rye
  Dock Cop #2
Kwaku Ankomah
  Dock Cop #3
Jo Martin
  Police Prison Official
Lucy Russell
  Female Restaurant Guest
Mark Straker
  Male Restaurant Guest #2
Timothy Deenihan
  Male Restaurant Guest
Flavia Masetto
  Restaurant Blonde #1
Emily Steven-Daly
  Restaurant Blonde #2
David Bedella
  Maitre D
Martin McDougall
  Gotham Dock Employee
Noah Lee Margetts
  Arkham Thug #1
Joe Hanley
  Arkham Thug #2
Karl Shiels
  Arkham Thug #3
Roger Griffiths
  Arkham Uniformed Policeman
Stephen Walters
  Arkham Lunatic
Richard Laing
  Arkham Chase Cop
Matt Miller
  Gotham Car Cop #3
Alexandra Bastedo
  Gotham Society Dame
John Judd
  Narrows Bridge Cop
Soo Hee Ding
  Farmer
Phill Curr
  Transit Cop
Sarah Wateridge
  Mrs. Dawes
Charlie Kranz
  Basement Club Manager
Terry McMahon
  Bad Swat Cop #1
Cedric Young
  Liquor Store Owner
Tom Nolan
  Valet
Roger Yuan
  Hazmat Technician
Joe Sargent
  Narrows Teenager #1
Emmanuel Idowu
  Narrows Teenager #2
Mel Taylor
  Narrows Resident
Ilyssa Fradin
  Barbara Gordon
Jeff Christian
  Driving Cop
Tenzin Gyurme
  Old Himalayan Man
Tenzin Clive Ball
  Himalayan Child
John Burke
  Arkham Lunatic Cell Mate
Earlene Bentley
  Arkham Asylum Nurse
Alex Moggridge
  Arkham Asylum Orderly
Rory Campbell
  Opera Performer #3 Mefistofele (Tenor)
Poppy Tierney
  Opera Performer #2 Margaret (Soprano)
Mark Rhino Smith
  League of Shadows Warriors
Ruben Halse
  League of Shadows Warriors
Jordan Shaw
  African Boy in Rags
Dominic Burgess
  Narrows Cop
Nadia Cameron-Blakey
  Additional Restaurant Guest #1
Jeff Tanner
  Bridge Cop
Omar Mostafa
  Falafel Stand Vendor
Leon Delroy Williams
  Pedestrian
Fabio Cardascia
  Caterer
Emil Martirossian
  League of Shadows Warriors (uncredited)
Mark Strange
  League of Shadows Warriors (uncredited)
Rick Avery
  Ghotam Car Cop (uncredited)
James Embree
  Fighting Shadow Warrior (uncredited)
Gil Kolirin
  Narrows Person (uncredited)
Dan Poole
  Narrows Rioter (uncredited)
Philip Harvey
  Victor Zsasz Attorney (uncredited)
Russell Wilcox
  Opera Hag (uncredited)
Ray Donn
  Gotham Police Officer (uncredited)
Jimmy Star
  Gotham City Police Officer (uncredited)

 Crew


Lucinda Syson
  Casting
Larry J. Franco
  Producer
Hans Zimmer
  Original Music Composer
Charles Roven
  Producer
Christopher Nolan
  Screenplay
Christopher Nolan
  Director
Emma Thomas
  Producer
Wally Pfister
  Director of Photography
John Papsidera
  Casting
James Newton Howard
  Original Music Composer
David S. Goyer
  Screenplay
Bob Kane
  Characters
Lee Smith
  Editor
Lorne Orleans
  Producer
Michael Uslan
  Executive Producer
Benjamin Melniker
  Executive Producer
Nigel Gostelow
  Unit Production Manager
Peter Francis
  Art Direction
Lindy Hemming
  Costume Design
David Evans
  Supervising Sound Editor
Alastair Bullock
  Assistant Art Director
Ben Cooke
  Stunts
Peter Robb-King
  Hair Designer
Alison Carter
  Visual Effects Assistant Editor
Andie Derrick
  Foley
Peter Burgis
  Foley Artist
Paki Smith
  Set Decoration
Simon Wakefield
  Set Decoration
Ron Bartlett
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Nathan Crowley
  Production Design
Paul Jennings
  Stunt Coordinator
Elaine Grainger
  Casting Associate
Gary Hymes
  Stunts
Bruce Timm
  Thanks
Curt Geda
  Thanks
Boyd Kirkland
  Thanks
Laura Albert
  Stunts
Andrew Caller
  Sound Mix Technician
Gary Connery
  Stunts
Jo Beckett
  Location Manager
Lorne Balfe
  Music Programmer
Paul Kirby
  Art Direction
Nigel Holland
  Sound Editor
Gareth Cousins
  Music Editor
Mark Mostyn
  Production Manager
Chris Corbould
  Special Effects Coordinator
Jessie Thiele
  Post Production Supervisor
Nicolas Chevallier
  CG Supervisor
Julie Harkin
  Casting Assistant
Paul Dini
  Thanks
Catrin Cooper
  Post Production Assistant
Cory Geryak
  Chief Lighting Technician
Steven A. Adelson
  Camera Operator
Steven A. Adelson
  Steadicam Operator
Dan Grace
  Costume Supervisor
Simon Lamont
  Supervising Art Director
Stephane Ceretti
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Brian Christensen
  Stunts
Dominic Masters
  Art Direction
Laura McIntosh
  Makeup Artist
Sarah Robinson
  Art Department Coordinator
Kate Morath
  Boom Operator
Niv Adiri
  Assistant Sound Editor
Sophie Tarver
  Propmaker
Simon Changer
  Music Editor
Sandy Buchanan
  ADR Mixer
Doug Hemphill
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Francie Brown
  Dialect Coach
Craig Hosking
  Aerial Coordinator
David James
  Still Photographer
Perry Evans
  Gaffer
Annie Penn
  Script Supervisor
Collette Nunes
  Visual Effects Editor
Cheryl A. Tkach
  Associate Producer
Tim Jordan
  Animatronics Designer
Lotta Wolgers
  Set Designer
Ian Whiteford
  Greensman
Aurelia Abate
  Visual Effects Producer
Hans Bjerno
  Aerial Director of Photography
Piers Dunn
  Unit Manager
Tom Crooke
  Assistant Location Manager
Charlie Noble
  2D Supervisor
Howard Halsall
  ADR Editor
Justine Angus
  Sound Effects Editor
Mark Mottram
  Stunts
Claudia Kalindjian
  Unit Publicist
Toby Britton
  Draughtsman
Deena Adair
  Hairstylist
Deena Adair
  Hairdresser
Brendan Handscombe
  Wardrobe Assistant
Derek Burgess
  Visual Effects Editor
Dayne Cowan
  3D Supervisor
Nancy Hancock
  Makeup Artist
David Packard
  Scenic Artist
Martin Asbury
  Storyboard Artist
Eric Richard Lasko
  Additional Second Assistant Director
Thomas J. Glynn
  Set Dressing Artist
Brad Dechter
  Orchestrator
Julian Pinn
  Dolby Consultant
John P. Friday
  Rigging Gaffer
Dennis Davidson
  Publicist
Martin Duffy
  Carpenter
Joan Philo
  Extras Casting
Michael Miller
  ADR & Dubbing
P.J. Haines
  Chef
Andrew Booth
  Creative Director
Greg Corke
  Armorer
Rohan Claassen
  Visual Effects
Peter Lindsay
  Sound Recordist
Iain Eyre
  Dialogue Editor
Stephen Andrzejewski
  Visual Effects Coordinator
Gabriella Loria
  Assistant Costume Designer
Kevin Boyd
  Video Assist Operator
Gina Panno
  Costumer
John Lee
  First Assistant Editor
Peter Hunt
  Color Timer
Paul Lowe
  Stunt Double
Alexander Beddow
  ADR Recordist
Ed Colyer
  Sound Mixer
Ed Colyer
  Foley Mixer
Gavin Greenaway
  Conductor
John Ensby
  Color Timer
Jane Body
  Hairstylist
Jennifer Campbell
  Production Supervisor
Sarah Downes
  Makeup Trainee
Peter Guyan
  Systems Administrators & Support
Cliff Lanning
  First Assistant Director
Brad Good
  Property Master
Steve Morphew
  Stand In
Rick Senat
  Production Consultant
Mark Birmingham
  Production Accountant
Julian Mann
  Head of Research
Amanda Dazely
  Art Department Assistant
Zachary Gannaway
  Camera Loader
Malcolm Huse
  Key Grip
Steve Farman
  Negative Cutter
Dawn Copeland
  Electrician
Simon P Thorp
  Thanks
Calvin Chin
  Transportation Co-Captain
Jan Meade
  Projection
Richard Briscoe
  Digital Compositors
Andrew Hodgson
  Set Decoration
Troy Osman
  Construction Coordinator
Michael Finlay
  Painter
John Blakeley
  Sculptor
Anna Jartin
  Seamstress
Gina Marie Ome
  Set Costumer
Michael R. Cairo
  Driver
Adam Teeuw
  Production Office Assistant
Thomas J. McDonough
  Set Production Assistant
Roy Clarke
  Transportation Coordinator
Gary Robert
  Utility Stunts
Neil Munro
  Lighting Technician
Gemma Nicholson
  Assistant Editor
Gemma Nicholson
  Assistant Sound Editor
Craig Allison
  I/O Supervisor
Duncan Capp
  Special Effects Supervisor
Matthew Twyford
  Sequence Leads
Ryan Lastimosa
  VFX Artist
Siobhan Barnett
  Additional Production Assistant
Abigail Barbier
  ADR Voice Casting
Emily Cobb
  CG Artist
Ashley Bond
  Focus Puller
Martin Kingsley
  Assistant Property Master
Stella Cottini
  Key Costumer
Joe Buxton
  Libra Head Technician
Nicolas Seck
  CG Animator
Karen Turner
  Payroll Accountant
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore
  Contact Lens Technician
Senica Billingsley
  Visual Effects Production Assistant
Becky Maxwell
  Assistant Accountant
Gary Smith
  Best Boy Grip
Colin Ellis
  Dressing Prop
Nathan Duncan
  Sound Assistant
Michael Winter
  Second Second Assistant Director
Victoria Cadiou
  Assistant Production Coordinator
Michael Elson
  Head of Production
Jennifer Griffin
  Key Accountant
Peter Edmonds
  Costume Assistant
Andrew Baggarley
  Data Wrangler
Katie Reynolds
  Post Production Coordinator
Michael Bell
  Digital Compositor
Chris Burgess
  Additional Third Assistant Director
Matt Lopez-Dias
  Daily Grip
Ben Lanning
  Third Assistant Director
Janie Nugent
  Costume Coordinator
Roger Tyrell
  Construction Buyer
Alan Brooks
  Supervising Carpenter
John Cluff
  Special Effects Assistant
Jonathan Barrass
  Special Effects Technician
Rich Denikas
  Stunt Driver
Elli Cassata
  Assistant Camera
Therese Hvattum
  Camera Trainee
Simon Gilmour
  Clapper Loader
Chris Dame
  Second Assistant Camera
Lee Twohey
  Colorist
Sam Arnopp
  Location Assistant
Enero
  Extras Casting Assistant
Andy Madden
  Floor Runner
Winston Gallagher
  Production Assistant
Kevin Trehy
  Production Executive
Fiona Baldwin
  Production Runner
Sharon Lomasney
  Production Secretary
Wyatt Pow
  Researcher
Paul Birkett
  Rotoscoping Artist
Ericka N. Shane
  Second Assistant Accountant
Laurence Harvey
  Senior Modeller
Zoe Margolis
  Set Runner

 Trivia

- Christopher Nolan: « I first became interested in taking on Batman when I heard that Warner Bros. was looking to renew, reinvent the franchise. I’d made my last film at Warner Bros. so I was able to go to them and explain to them the way I saw the Batman franchise being interestingly reinvented.
From the beginning, my interest was in taking on a superhero story but treating it in a realistic fashion. I’ve always been a big fan of the character but I am by no means any kind of comic book expert. I felt I needed a writer on the project who really knew the character inside out, really knew the comic world. »
- The language used by Ken Watanabe is neither Japanese nor Tibetan, nor in fact any known language at all. It's supposedly some gibberish he says he made up himself for the role, though the subtitles list it as Urdu.
- Christian Bale decided early on in the audition process that he didn't want to play Batman straight, but to play him as a rage-filled monster, figuring that it might polarize writer and director Christopher Nolan. To his delight, Nolan was thrilled with his off-kilter interpretation.
- Before shooting began, writer and director Christopher Nolan invited the whole movie crew to a private screening of Blade Runner (1982). After the movie, he said to the whole crew, "This is how we're going to make 'Batman'."
- Writer and director Christopher Nolan decided that there would be no second unit, and so for the whole 129 shooting days, Nolan oversaw every shot of the movie personally.
- Christian Bale lost his voice three times during filming, after altering his voice while playing Batman.
- Due to his part in The Machinist (2004), Christian Bale was vastly underweight (about one hundred twenty pounds on his six foot frame) when he was under consideration for the part. After being cast, he was told to become as "big as you could be" by Christopher Nolan. Bale underwent a six month dietary and exercise regimen, and ending up weighing about two hundred twenty pounds (about forty pounds above his normal weight). It was decided that Bale had become too large (friends of his on this movie's crew dubbed him "Fatman") and he quickly shed about twenty pounds to have leaner, more muscular frame. Bale described the experience as an unbearable physical ordeal.
- Only a few days before the role of Batman was cast, eight actors were asked to audition for the part. They were Christian Bale, Joshua Jackson, Eion Bailey, Hugh Dancy, Billy Crudup, Cillian Murphy, Henry Cavill, and Jake Gyllenhaal. David Duchovny was once again considered to play the part of Bruce Wayne/Batman since he was considered for the latest movie which was Batman & Robin (1997). While Bale won the part, Christopher Nolan liked Murphy's audition so much, he cast him as Dr. Jonathan Crane a.k.a. The Scarecrow. Part of the audition process involved the actors wearing a Batman suit (minus the cape which has been missing for some time) used by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995), which was brought out of storage for this purpose.
- Hans Zimmer named the tracks in the soundtrack after types of Bats. The first letters of tracks 4-9 in the soundtrack, spell "BATMAN". ("Barbastella", "Artibeus", "Tadarida", "Macrotus", "Antrozous" and "Nycteris")
- Writer and director Christopher Nolan generally filmed the fight scenes with the actors doing as many of the stunts as physically possible (in the case of Christian Bale and Liam Neeson, that was pretty much all of them). He would then shoot the same fight sequences with the stuntmen for coverage.
- The house which served as the setting of "Wayne Manor" in this movie was Mentmore Towers, the former Rothschild estate located in Buckinghamshire, England. The mansion served as the O'Connells' house in The Mummy Returns (2001), and has also been featured in such other movies as Brazil (1985), Slipstream (1989), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Quills (2000), Ali G Indahouse (2002), and Johnny English (2003).
- (at around 19 mins) In a 2012 interview, Christopher Nolan admitted that he invented the line "rub your chest, your arms will take care of themselves", spoken by Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) after Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) falls into the frozen lake, and that it has no scientific basis, adding that he imagined "Boy Scouts everywhere freezing to death" because they took the advice literally, thanks to Neeson's convincing delivery.
- Screenwriter David S. Goyer mentioned in an interview that his favorite pre-audition choice for Batman was Jake Gyllenhaal, but that he was won over by Christian Bale after seeing his test. Jake's sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal was later cast in The Dark Knight (2008).
- Ra's Al Ghul is Arabic for "The Demon's Head". This refers to his position at the height of the Brotherhood of the Demon, a.k.a. The League of Shadows. Al-Ghul translates to The Ghoul in Arabic, but generally is summarized as Demon.
- This movie's marketing costs, $100 million, were, at the time, the most ever spent on one movie.
- "Batman" is said only ten times throughout this movie.
- Marilyn Manson, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor, and Jeremy Davies were considered for the role of Dr. Jonathan Crane a.k.a. The Scarecrow.
- The title went through many changes. First, it was known as "Batman 5". It became "Batman: The Frightening" for a while. To prevent script leaks, they were titled "Intimidation Game" to throw off the public, before settling on "Batman Begins".
- There were five Batmobiles made for this movie.
- Bruce Wayne does not appear in full Batman costume until just over an hour into the movie.
- Early work on the script and the production design was conducted in the back of Christopher Nolan's garage. During the writing process, Nolan and David S. Goyer sometimes took walks near the site of the original Batcave from Batman (1966).
- Christopher Nolan wanted to show Batman from the criminal's point of view, showing less of him. He says, "You would see him as more frightening. There would be more suspense."
- Sir Anthony Hopkins was offered the role of Alfred, but declined.
- Initially, writer and director Christopher Nolan wanted to cast Gary Oldman as a villain, and Chris Cooper as Gordon. Cooper, however, wanted to spend more time with his family, so Nolan hit on the unusual idea of casting Oldman as a character who was not a baddie.
- The wide shot of the house of the League of Shadows was entirely computer-generated.
- When Christopher Nolan asked Hans Zimmer to provide the score, Zimmer asked him if he could also bring James Newton Howard on-board. The two composers had been meaning to work together for some time, and this felt like the perfect project for two composers with its bi-polar lead character.
- Keanu Reeves was considered for the role of Batman, and even expressed interest in the press when the project was in development. He was also considered to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Forever (1995).
- In each part of the trilogy Batman/Bruce Wayne has either a friend who turns into the villain or vice versa. In this one, Ra's Al Ghul trains Bruce Wayne, then turns against him.
- The Bat Symbol at the beginning of each movie in the trilogy foreshadowed something that happened later. In this case, the Bat Symbol is made up of bats, and it symbolizes Batman using the sonar to call them to distract the cops, while he escapes from Arkham Asylum with Rachel.
- (at around 25 mins) The scene of Joe Chills shooting, if paused at a certain frame, emulates the infamous photo of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. The frame is shown in the movie's visual guidebook.
- John Nolan: (at around 1h 45 mins) the uncle of Christopher Nolan plays the birthday party guest who tells Bruce Wayne that "the apple has fallen very far from the tree."
- Lucy Russell: (at around 1h 9 mins) the female lead from Following (1998), writer and director Christopher Nolan's first movie, plays a guest in the restaurant, and has the second most lines of any female in the movie, second only to Katie Holmes (Rachel Dawes).
- The construction of Gotham City on a studio set took 10 months to complete. The sets were built in the Admiralty Hangar No. 2 at Cardington, one of the largest hangars in the world. The floor area is the size of sixteen Olympic-size swimming pools. The No. 2 shed was assembled at the site, in 1928, to house the British airship R100.
- Gary Oldman's depiction of Commissioner Gordon was inspired by the character's appearance in Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One".
- The Tumbler weighed 2 and a half tons.
- Writer and director Christopher Nolan cited Bryan Singer's X-Men (2000) as an influence for this movie.
- The screenplay was so secretive that the executives who were going to greenlight the project were only allowed to read it in Christopher Nolan's garage.
- Joe Pantoliano revealed in an interview that he turned down the role of Detective Flass, citing him as an unimportant character.
- This is the first Batman movie to be shot in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
- In 1999, Warner Brothers hired Darren Aronofsky to write and direct Batman: Year One, which was to be the fifth movie in the Batman franchise. Aronofsky brought Frank Miller to co-write Year One with him. Aronofsky collaborator Matthew Libatique was set as cinematographer. Also, he wanted to shoot the movie in Tokyo, doubling for Gotham City. Aronofsky wanted to cast Clint Eastwood for the role of Batman. However, Warner Brothers was not happy with the script, due to the differences from the source material, and did not greenlight the movie.
- This movie was inspired by director Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982). Rutger Hauer, who played one of the replicants in Blade Runner (1982), also appeared in this movie as Mr. Earle.
- The key "combination" that Bruce plays on the piano to open the secret entrance to the Bat Cave is comprised of three pairs of notes, starting three octaves above middle-C. The keys he presses are D-E, D-E (up an octave), and G-A. However, the tones heard in the soundtrack are actually a half-step down from the correct tones for the notes he plays. This may simply be a post-production soundtrack adjustment or variance, but could also be that the piano was tuned a half-step down, which is sometimes done on older pianos to reduce the eighteen to twenty tons of string tension stress on their framing.
- Guy Pearce was considered for the role of Henri Ducard, but was deemed too young.
- The average length of a shot is 1.9 seconds.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar and Rachel McAdams were considered for the part of Rachel Dawes.
- (at around 12 mins) The opera that young Bruce attends with his parents is "Mefistofele", composed in the mid 1800s by Arrigo Boito.

 Quotes

 New Quote

Thomas Wayne: And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up...
   


Henri Ducard: If you make yourself more than just a man. If you devote yourself to an ideal. You'll become something else entirely. Batman/Bruce Wayne: Which is? Henri Ducard: A legend, Mr. Wayne. A legend.
   


It's not who we are but what we do that defines us.
— Rachel Dawes

   


Batman/Bruce Wayne: It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.
   


Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow: There's nothing to fear, but fear itself!
   


You’re not the devil, you’re practice.
— Bruce Wayne

   


Does it come in black?
— Bruce Wayne

   


Alfred Pennyworth : Why bats, Master Wayne?
Bruce Wayne : Bats frighten me. It's time my enemies shared my dread.

   


I don't have the luxury of friends.
— Batman

   


I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you.
— Batman

   


Didn't you get the memo?
— Lucius Fox

   


 Reviews


 New Review

Fear
By Jack Anderson on March 31, 2018
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Following the highly original Memento ($4.5 million budget) and the excellent thriller Insomnia ($46 million), filmmaker Christopher Nolan is here directing his third major film with a reboot of Batman. And the stakes are now much higher. This time, Nolan gets a budget of $150 million to tell his story.

In many ways, Nolan has learned a lot from his previous films. Memento was a movie with a clear theme told the right way. Insomnia had amazing outside locations that served the story, as well as A-grade actors (Al Pacino, Robin William). Batman Begins will take those lessons and try to go to the next level.

MUSIC
The first thing that comes to mind when starting Batman Begins is the music. There is a sense of grandeur and while the music is more classic in the Hollywood sense, it still fits perfectly. The melancholic synthesizers from composer David Julyan have been replaced with the drums from Hans Zimmer as well as the violins from James Newton Howard, as the score of Batman has been composed by the two artists – Zimmer focusing on the action and JNH on the emotional music.
The result is a tremendous success. The theme is perfect, the emotional music is beyond words. Listen to Macrotus and you'll see what I mean.

CINEMATIC
There is a clear 2.35 cinematographic sense. There are lots of interesting camera movements.
Visually, the film is more than great. The pictures of the glacier in the first half are wonderful.

HUMOR
While the film is dark, there are some small humor touches and it always works.

THEME
The theme of the film is clearly fear. What is interesting, as it is the case in many Christopher Nolan movies, is that there is an introspection.

FLASHBACKS
The flashbacks are hitting all the chords beautifully.

ODD BUT NOT ODD
The film contains many moments that could have been odd, such as the training of Batman, or Batman driving the tumbler on rooftops or Batman hooked to the train at the end.

PHOTOGRAPHY
The primary color palette of Batman Begins is clearly a dark orangy yellow.

ENERGY
There is a lot of energy in the film. One thing that I noticed after a few viewings is that there are lots of cuts to shots that are already moving. The cuts are done just slightly too late, which provides a sense of energy without being a gimmick.

NO OPENING CREDITS
For the first time in Christopher Nolan's filmography, his movie will not open with opening credits. The name of the film will only appear at the very end, which, I think, is very clever and mature.

SUMMARY
I think that Batman Begins is a superb film, in a sense that Christopher Nolan brings an excellent and dark vision of Batman. My only concern is that there isn’t such a dramatic sense of grandeur like in the following The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
A superb reboot of one of the best trilogy of all time. I give it 8 out of 10.


John Chard

It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.

Bruce Wayne is constantly tortured by his childhood memories when he witnessed his parents being murdered. Taken under the wing of The League Of Shadows, a deadly ninja assassin army devoted to erasing crime with their own brand of harsh justice. After completing training, Wayne refuses to join them on account of not agreeing with their methods, he returns to Gotham City to reek his own one man war against crime.

Director Christopher Nolan literally goes back to Batman origins to not just give the dead franchise a kiss of life, but actually to spark it into a sort of triumphant homecoming. Gone is all forms of camp veneer so evident in Joel Schumacher's offerings, and in place we have a darkly rich picture intent on fleshing out Batman's motives, and crucially, his fractured persona.

One of the most pleasing things to me was that Nolan paced this picture to perfection, the build up of character, and then birth of the Bat, dominates for practically the first hour of the piece. This gives Batman Begins some crucial heart, it really helps us to focus on this weird super-hero now that we have some meat on his bones. We then follow Wayne from a Chinese prison to The League Of Shadows monastery, watching his transformation from brawling man of anger into a controlled fighting machine. A machine that still roams with a revenge laden heart.

Then its to Gotham City where he then births Batman and all bad guys are on his agenda. Mob boss Falcone, the mysterious Scarecrow, and also a face from his past that rears its surprising head. Wayne is driven by powerful motives, and it's here in the second part of the film that Batman Begins rewards those who indulged in the character build up. In come the stunts and outrageous sequences, all played out in Nolan's desperately dank Gotham City (a far cry from Tim Burton's dark Oz like scapes). This Gotham is pot boiling to disaster and is crying out for the Bat to sweep all before it, and thankfully Nolan and his cast fulfil all the early promise to deliver a wonderful action fantasy that caters for all ages.

Christian Bale dons the Batsuit and it fits like a glove, his Bruce Wayne may lack the ebullient charisma that Michael Keaton's had, but his Batman is mean and moody and comfortable with the zippy dialogue. Michael Caine plays Alfred the loyal servant to the Wayne family, much heart and emotive drive from Caine ensures the role is a roaring success. Cillian Murphy is Dr Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow who actually scares more as Crane with his piercing eyes and devilishly smirky leer, whilst both Gary Oldman (Jim Gordon) & Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox) are solid with what little they actually have to do. Liam Neeson gets his teeth into a meaty role as Henri Ducard, and as a character arc he gets the best scenes (Nolan clearly having great fun here).

Minnor let downs to me without hurting the picture are Katie Holmes (pretty but hardly convincing as Assistant D.A. Rachael Dawes) and Rutger Hauer as Earle (a little bit of menace wouldn't go amiss here Rutger old man). Still, as I said they are very minor let downs because as comic book adaptations go, Batman Begins is from the top draw, a franchise re-suited, rebooted and completely reinvigorated. But now the test comes with that all important sequel... 9/10



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