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Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 15 June 2005 (USA)
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After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

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When his parents are killed, billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne relocates to Asia where he is mentored by Henri Ducard and Ra's Al Ghul in how to fight evil. When learning about the plan to wipe out evil in Gotham City by Ducard, Bruce prevents this plan from getting any further and heads back to his home. Back in his original surroundings, Bruce adopts the image of a bat to strike fear into the criminals and the corrupt as the icon known as 'Batman'. But it doesn't stay quiet for long. Written by konstantinwe

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Rated PG-13 for intense action violence, disturbing images and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,427,802 (UK) (17 June 2005)

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$205,343,774 (USA) (28 October 2005)
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Trivia

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". See more »

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The scenes set in Bruce Wayne's childhood and adulthood both feature 2000s-vintage automobiles. Similar time discrepancies are common in the DC Comics source material where it all exists in "Hypertime", an eternal present. This is done to keep universal appeal and prevent it from seeming dated. Comic books set in the "Universe" where Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman etc. live, have modern settings for both stories set in "Batman's 1st year" and stories set in "Batman's 11th year," for example. It is simply a convention that these characters are chronologically ambiguous. See more »

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[first lines]
Bruce Wayne - age 8: Rachel, let me see! Can I see?
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Referenced in Mad: Taking Nemo/Once Upon a Toon (2012) See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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DC Finally Got It Right. This Is A Grittier And Darker Batman Story
16 June 2005 | by (Calimesa, California) – See all my reviews

Batman Begins is a well told story of the origin of Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale). It covers a lot of the same ground as Michael Keaton's original Batman, but goes much further in depth in many factors of his creation. It goes into great detail about subjects such as how he got his costume, what exactly it is. Same goes with the Batmobile. We also find out why he chose to be bat-like.

One of the more interesting aspects here is how it shows Bruce's father, Thomas Wayne (Linus Roache), and how he molded Bruce's life and instilled good judgment within him, a point which is misunderstood about him by most people he comes in contact with. Thomas, too, teaches Bruce valuable lesson, such as "We fall so we can learn to pick ourselves up". This is pretty close to the theme of the movie or motto Bruce Wayne lives by. The resemblance of the father & son is pretty good, too.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the training Bruce Wayne endured becoming "invincible". Bruce is trained by Ducard (Liam Neeson) in many ways like a ninja (The concept of Batman IS similar to a ninja). He is taught many valuable lessons in this temple and is shown no mercy. Eventually, we even see his first real enemy as a superhero/vigilante.

Although I am not positive as to how true to the comic book this movie is, I am sure it took a few liberties, as did Spider-Man. Most of the small examples I have noticed are for the better and make for a good story. The Batmobile is more believable as an expensive armored vehicle that the military would not spend the money on than a juiced up Corvette (or whatever that was). Same with the Batsuit.

Katie Holmes is excellent as Rachel Dawes, a D.A. who is not afraid to go after the big villains in court. Also worthy of mentioning is Michael Caine as Alfred the butler. I do not believe they could have found a better man for that role, although I could not get the image of Caine as Austin Powers' dad out of my head when he was on screen.

Finally, in my opinion, Christian Bale makes a much better Batman than the three recent previous ones in Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney. Something about him makes Batman darker and more mysterious. Hopefully, DC Comics and movies have learned from their mistakes and we will not have to worry about Batman picking up a sidekick in this newest installment of the Batman series. 9/10


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