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Encyclopedia > Batman Begins
Batman Begins
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Produced by Emma Thomas
Charles Roven
Larry J. Franco
Written by Screenplay:
Christopher Nolan
David S. Goyer
Story:
David S. Goyer
Characters:
Bob Kane
Bill Finger
(uncredited)
Starring Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Liam Neeson
Katie Holmes
Gary Oldman
Cillian Murphy
Morgan Freeman
Tom Wilkinson
Rutger Hauer
Ken Watanabe
Music by Hans Zimmer
James Newton Howard
Cinematography Wally Pfister
Editing by Lee Smith
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) June 15, 2005
Running time 140 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million
Gross revenue Domestic:
$205,343,774
Worldwide:
$371,853,783
Followed by The Dark Knight
Official website
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman. Christopher Nolan directed the film, which stars Christian Bale as Batman, as well as Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Tom Wilkinson. The film reboots the Batman film series, telling the origin story of the character with inspirations from classic comic book storylines such as Batman: The Man Who Falls, Batman: Year One and Batman: The Long Halloween. Batman Begins is a video game based on the fifth Batman movie. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (600x886, 103 KB) Licensing This image is of a movie poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Christopher Nolan (born July 30, 1970) is an Academy Award nominated film director, writer and producer. ... Emma Thomas is a film producer and Christopher Nolans wife since 1997. ... David S. Goyer is a comic book writer, screenwriter, and film director. ... Bob Kane (born Robert Kahn, October 24, 1915 – November 3, 1998) was an American comic book artist and writer credited as the creator of the DC Comics superhero Batman. ... William Bill Finger (February 8, 1914–January 18, 1974) was an American writer best known as the uncredited co-creator, with Bob Kane, of the DC Comics character Batman, as well as the co-architect of the series development. ... Christian Charles Philip Bale (also known professionally as Christian Morgan Bale; born 30 January 1974) is a Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated, Saturn Award-winning Welsh actor[2][3] whose film credits include Empire of the Sun, American Psycho, Equilibrium, The Machinist, Batman Begins and the upcoming The Dark Knight. ... This article is about the English actor. ... 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Gary Leonard Oldman[1] (born March 21, 1958) is an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild-nominated, Saturn and BAFTA award-winning English-born American[2] film actor, writer and director. ... William John Liam Neeson OBE (born June 7, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated Irish actor. ... Katie Holmes (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawsons Creek from 1998 to 2003. ... Cillian Murphy[1] (born 25 May 1976) is an Irish film and theatre actor. ... For the Dawsons Creek director, see Morgan J. Freeman. ... This article is about the English actor. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... In comic book terminology, the phrase origin story refers to a story or backstory revealing how a male character went through a sex change, or the circumstances under which they became superheroes or supervillains. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... 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After a series of unsuccessful projects to resurrect Batman on screen following the critical and commercial failure of Batman and Robin (1997), Nolan and Goyer began work on this film in 2003, aiming for a darker and more realistic tone. The film was primarily shot in England and Chicago, and relied on traditional stunts and miniatures; computer-generated imagery was used minimally. Batman Begins was critically and commercially successful, and a sequel titled The Dark Knight was commissioned for a 2008 release with both Nolan and Bale returning. The Batman film series currently consists of five/six superhero films based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman. ... The correct title of this article is Batman & Robin (1997 film). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... 15mm British Camel Corps and Heliograph Team from Peter Pig A miniature figure -- also known as a miniature or just a mini -- is a small figurine commonly used in role playing games (RPGs) such as Dungeons & Dragons. ... This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... The Dark Knight is an upcoming 2008 American superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman. ... 2008 in film is slated to have releases such as: Iron Man, Rambo, Step Up 2 the Streets, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Lost Boys: The Tribe, The Dark...

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Plot

Eight-year-old Bruce Wayne falls into a cave, where he encounters a swarm of bats. Bruce develops a fear of bats, and later urges his parents to leave an opera featuring bat-like creatures. Outside the theater, Bruce Wayne's parents are both killed in a robbery by mugger Joe Chill. Bruce blames himself for his parents' murder: had he not been frightened, the Waynes would not have encountered Chill. A big brown bat Fear of bats, sometimes called chiroptophobia (an incorrect derivation from the order Chiroptera of bats) may refer both to a specific phobia associated with bats and to common negative stereotypes and fear of bats stemming from prejudices and misinformation. ... Joe Chill is a fictional character in the DC Comics Batman series. ...


After coming of age, Bruce returns to Gotham City from Princeton University intent on killing Chill, whose prison sentence is being suspended in exchange for testifying against mob boss Carmine Falcone. Before the hesitant Bruce can act, one of Falcone's henchmen kills Chill. Bruce tells his childhood friend Rachel Dawes about his foiled plan, and she expresses disgust for his blind vengeance without regard for justice. Bruce confronts Falcone, who tells him that he is ignorant of the nature of crime, so Bruce decides to travel the world to understand the criminal mind. After nearly seven years, he is eventually detained in China for theft, where he meets Henri Ducard while languishing in a Bhutanese prison. He invites Bruce to join an elite vigilante group, the League of Shadows, led by Ra's al Ghul. Wayne is freed, and travels to a mountaintop to begin his combat training with the League, who intend to use him to destroy Gotham. Bruce passes all the League's training, overcoming his childhood phobia in the process, but when ordered to execute a criminal, he turns on the League, destroying their headquarters and killing Ra's al Ghul in the process. Bruce rescues an unconscious Ducard from the wreckage, and leaves his mentor at a nearby village. This article is about the fictional place. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ... A suspended sentence is a legal construct. ... Carmine The Roman Falcone is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe who made his debut in the four part story Batman: Year One, written by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, in 1987. ... Rachel Dawes is a fictional character created for the 2005 Batman film Batman Begins. ... Henri Ducard is a fictional character in the Batman comic book universe. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Ras al Ghul, sometimes written Rās al Ghūl (Arabic: رأس الغول), is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ...

The blue flower that Bruce Wayne is instructed to gather. The flowers are the source of the same hallucinogenic compound used by Scarecrow to taint Gotham's water supply.

Bruce Wayne returns to a Gotham City that is mostly ruled by Falcone, and begins plotting a one-man war against the corrupt system. He seeks the help of Rachel, now an assistant district attorney, and police sergeant Jim Gordon, who consoled him in the aftermath of his parents' murder. After reestablishing his connections to his father's company, Wayne Enterprises (under the control of the unscrupulous William Earle), Bruce is able to acquire, with the help of former board member Lucius Fox, a prototype armored car and an experimental armored suit. In his new Batman costume, he disrupts a drug shipment by Falcone, and leaves the mob boss tied to a searchlight, forming a makeshift Bat-Signal. He also disrupts an assassination attempt on Dawes, leaving her with evidence against a judge on Falcone's payroll. While investigating the "unusual" drugs in the shipment, Batman is stunned by sinister psychopharmacologist Dr. Jonathan Crane, who sprays him with a powerful hallucinogen. Bruce's butler Alfred Pennyworth rescues Bruce, who receives an anti-toxin developed by Fox. Crane later poisons Rachel after showing her that the toxin, which is harmful only in vapor form, is being piped into Gotham's water supply. Batman saves her and hits Crane with his own poison. The police enter Arkham Asylum and arrest Crane, while Batman escapes with Rachel. After administering the antidote to Rachel in the Batcave, he gives her two vials of it for Gordon – one for the detective to inoculate himself, and another to mass-produce for the city's general population. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A district attorney is, in some U.S. jurisdictions, the title of the local public official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminals. ... James Jim Worthington Gordon is a supporting character in DC Comics Batman series. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... William A. Earle (born 1919, Saginaw, Michigan; died October 16, 1988, Evanston, Illinois) was a twentieth century American philosopher. ... Lucius Fox is a fictional character appearing in Batman comic books by DC Comics. ... The Tumbler Batmobile as seen in Batman Begins. ... Batmans current costume, as shown in the Hush story arc. ... The Bat-Signal in Jim Lees cover art from Batman #608. ... This article deals with the Scarecrow of DC Comics. ... Alfred Pennyworth is a fictional supporting character in the DC Comics Batman series. ... A water supply network is a system of engineered hydrologic and hydraulic components, including: the watershed or geographic area that collects the water, see water purification - sources of drinking water; a raw (untreated) water reservoir (above or below ground) where the water gathers, such as a lake, a river, or... Arkham Asylum as it appeared on Batman: The Animated Series. ... The Batcave. ...


During his birthday party in Wayne Manor, Bruce is confronted by a group of League of Shadows ninjas led by Ducard, who reveals himself to be the real Ra's al Ghul, and that the man killed earlier was a decoy. Ra's, who had been conspiring with Crane, plans to destroy Gotham by distributing the toxin undetected via Gotham's water supply, and then vaporizing it with a microwave-emitter stolen from Wayne Enterprises. Bruce, tricking his guests into leaving by pretending to be drunk, fights briefly with Ra's while the League of Shadows set fire to Wayne Manor. Bruce escapes the inferno with Alfred's help, just as the manor is destroyed. Batman arrives at the "Narrows" section of Gotham to aid the police in battling psychotic criminals, including Crane (now calling himself "Scarecrow"), whom the League set free from the asylum. Rachel is confronted by, but wards off, Crane; Batman rescues Rachel when more criminals go after her. Batman intimates his identity to her, while leaving Gordon in control of the Batmobile to stop the elevated train that is being used to transport the vaporizer to the city's central water-hub. Batman battles Ducard aboard the train, then escapes just as Gordon topples the elevated line using the Batmobile's missiles, leaving Ducard to crash to the ground with the train and perish in the resulting explosion. Wayne Manor in 1989s Batman. ... This article deals with the Scarecrow of DC Comics. ... This page refers to urban rail mass transit systems. ...


Following the battle, Batman becomes a public hero. Bruce gains control of Wayne Enterprises and installs Fox as CEO, firing Earle. However, he is unable to hold onto Rachel, who cannot reconcile her love for Bruce Wayne with his dual life as Batman. Gordon, now a lieutenant, unveils a Bat-Signal for Batman. Gordon mentions a criminal who, like Batman, has "a taste for the theatrical," leaving a Joker playing card at his crime scenes. Batman promises to investigate it. As Batman is leaving, Gordon mentions that he has not thanked Batman for what he has done. Batman replies that Gordon will never have to, and flies off into the night. The Bat-Signal in Jim Lees cover art from Batman #608. ... The Joker is a fictional character and supervillain that appears in the comic books published by DC Comics. ... An example of a joker playing card. ...


Cast

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne / Batman: A billionaire industrialist whose parents were killed by a mugger when he was eight-years-old. Traveling the world for several years to seek the means to fight injustice, he returns to Gotham. At night, Wayne becomes Batman, Gotham City's secret vigilante protector. Bale was cast on September 11, 2003,[1] having expressed interest in playing Batman since Darren Aronofsky was planning his own film adaptation.[2] Nolan was also considering Billy Crudup, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Joshua Jackson, Eion Bailey and Cillian Murphy for the role.[1] Bale felt the previous films underused Batman's character, overplaying the villains instead.[3] To best pose as Batman, Bale studied graphic novels and illustrations of the superhero.[4] Christian Charles Philip Bale (also known professionally as Christian Morgan Bale; born 30 January 1974) is a Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated, Saturn Award-winning Welsh actor[2][3] whose film credits include Empire of the Sun, American Psycho, Equilibrium, The Machinist, Batman Begins and the upcoming The Dark Knight. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer. ... William Crudup (born July 8, 1968) is an American actor. ... Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal[1] (born December 19, 1980) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Hugh Dancy (born 19 June 1975) is a British actor. ... Joshua Carter Jackson (born June 11, 1978) is a Canadian actor. ... Eion Bailey (born 8 June 1976) is a Daytime Emmy Award-winning American actor, perhaps best known for appearing in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers as Pvt. ... Cillian Murphy[1] (born 25 May 1976) is an Irish film and theatre actor. ...


Director Nolan said of Bale, "He has exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for."[5] Goyer stated that while some actors could play a great Bruce Wayne or a great Batman, Bale could portray both radically different personalities.[6] Bale described the part as playing four characters: the raging Batman persona; the idiotic playboy façade Bruce uses to ward off suspicion; the vengeful young man; and the older, angrier Bruce who is discovering his purpose in life.[7] Bale's dislike of his costume, which heated up regularly, helped him get into a necessarily foul mood. He said, "Batman's meant to be fierce, and you become a beast in that suit, as Batman should be – not a man in a suit, but a different creature."[4]


Since he had lost a great deal of weight in preparation for his role in The Machinist, Bale hired a personal trainer to help him gain one hundred pounds in the span of only a couple of months to help him physically prepare for the role. At first he went well over the weight required, creating concern over whether he'd look right for the part. Bale recognized that his large physique was not appropriate for Batman, who relies on speed and strategy. He managed to lose the excess muscle by the time filming began.[6] The role of Bruce Wayne at age eight was portrayed by Gus Lewis. The Machinist (also known as El Maquinista) is an English-language Spanish psychological thriller film that was released in 2004. ... Gus Lewis playing young Bruce Wayne. ...


Nolan wanted an all-star supporting cast, like Richard Donner's Superman film, which lend a more epic feel and credibility to the story.[6] These include: Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg on April 24, 1930) is an American film director and also producer through the production company, The Donners Company, he and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler-Donner, own. ... For the series of films, see Superman (film series). ...

  • Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth: The trusted butler to Bruce Wayne's parents, who continues his loyal service to their son after their deaths. He is Bruce Wayne's closest confidante. Nolan felt Caine would effectively portray the foster father element of the character.[6] Though Alfred's family is depicted in the film as having served the Wayne family for generations, Caine created his own backstory, in that before becoming Wayne's butler, Alfred served in the Special Air Service. After being wounded, he was invited by Thomas Wayne because, "He wanted a butler, but someone a bit tougher than that, you know?"[8]
  • Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard: Calling himself "Henri Ducard," but in reality Ra's al Ghul, Ducard trains Bruce in ninjitsu, a form of martial arts. Writer David Goyer said he felt Ra's was the most complex Batman villain, comparing him to Osama bin Laden as, "He's not crazy in the way that all the other Batman villains are. He's not bent on revenge; he's actually trying to heal the world. He's just doing it by very draconian means."[9] Since Neeson is most commonly cast as a mentor, the revelation that he was the main villain was a shock to critics and moviegoers.[6]
  • Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes: A childhood friend of Bruce Wayne who serves as Gotham City's assistant district attorney, fighting against the corruption in the city. Nolan found a "tremendous warmth and great emotional appeal" in Holmes, and also felt "she has a maturity beyond her years that comes across in the film and is essential to the idea that Rachel is something of a moral conscience for Bruce".[10]
  • Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow: A psychopharmacologist who works at Arkham Asylum and has developed fear-inducing toxins. He takes on the persona of the Scarecrow to intimidate others and further his study of fears and phobias. Nolan decided against Murphy for Batman, before casting him as Scarecrow.[11] Murphy read numerous comics featuring the Scarecrow, and discussed making the character look less theatrical with Nolan. Murphy explained, "I wanted to avoid the Worzel Gummidge look. Because he's not a very physically imposing man he's more interested in the manipulation of the mind and what that can do."[12]
  • Gary Oldman as Sgt. James Gordon: One of few uncorrupted Gotham City police officers. He is the officer on duty the night of the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents. He shares a special bond with the adult Bruce and thus with Batman. Chris Cooper was offered the role, but turned it down because he wanted to spend time with his family.[13] Oldman speculates that Nolan originally wanted to cast him as one of the film's villains, but eventually decided it would be refreshing for him to play a good guy in Jim Gordon.[14] "I embody the themes of the movie which are the values of family, courage and compassion and a sense of right and wrong, good and bad and justice," Oldman said of his character.[14] Oldman mostly filmed his scenes in Britain.[15] Goyer said Oldman heavily resembled Gordon as drawn by David Mazzucchelli in Batman: Year One.[6]
  • Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox: A high-ranking Wayne Enterprises employee who was demoted to working in the company's Applied Science Division, where he conducts advanced studies in biochemistry and mechanical engineering. Fox supplies Bruce Wayne with much of the gear necessary to carry out Batman's mission and is promoted to CEO when Wayne re-possesses the company. Freeman was Goyer's first choice for the role.[6]
  • Rutger Hauer as William Earle: The unscrupulous CEO of Wayne Enterprises who takes the company public in the long-term absence of Bruce Wayne.
  • Ken Watanabe as Ra's al Ghul: A "cheap parlor trick" employed by Henri Ducard. Ducard uses the man to cover up his identity as the true Ra's al Ghul. The double is killed by an explosion of gunpowder kegs.
  • Rade Šerbedžija as Homeless Man: The last person to meet Bruce Wayne when he leaves Gotham, and is the first civilian to see Batman.

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Production

Development

In January 2003, Warner Bros. Pictures hired Memento director Christopher Nolan to direct an untitled Batman film,[16] and David S. Goyer signed on to write the script two months later.[17] Nolan stated his intention to reinvent the film franchise of Batman by "doing the origins story of the character, which is a story that's never been told before". Nolan said that humanity and realism would be the basis of the origin film. "The world of Batman is that of grounded reality. [It] will be a recognizable, contemporary reality against which an extraordinary heroic figure arises", said the director. Goyer said that the goal of the film was to get the audience to care for both Batman and Bruce Wayne.[18] Nolan felt the previous films were exercises in style rather than drama, and described his inspiration as being Richard Donner's 1978 Superman, in its focus on depicting the character's growth.[2] The Batman film series currently consists of five/six superhero films based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman. ... Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ... Warner Bros. ... Memento is a neo-noir–psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, adapted from his brother Jonathans short story Memento Mori. ... Christopher Nolan (born July 30, 1970) is an Academy Award nominated film director, writer and producer. ... David S. Goyer is a comic book writer, screenwriter, and film director. ... Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg on April 24, 1930) is an American film director and also producer through the production company, The Donners Company, he and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler-Donner, own. ... For the series of films, see Superman (film series). ...


Nolan's personal "jumping off point" of inspiration was Batman: The Man Who Falls, a short story about Bruce's travels throughout the world. The early scene in Batman Begins of young Bruce Wayne falling into a well was directly adapted from The Man Who Falls.[19] Batman: The Long Halloween, written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Tim Sale, influenced Goyer in writing the screenplay, with the villain Carmine Falcone as one of many elements which were drawn from Halloween's "sober, serious approach".[19] The writers considered having Harvey Dent in the film, but replaced him with the new character Rachel Dawes when they realized, "we couldn’t do him justice".[20] The sequel to Halloween, Batman: Dark Victory, also served as an influence.[21] Goyer used the vacancy of Bruce Wayne's multi-year absence presented in Batman: Year One to help set up some of the film's events in the transpiring years.[22] In addition, the film's Sergeant James Gordon was based on his comic book incarnation in Year One. Frank Miller's Year One plot device about a corrupt police force creating Gordon and Gotham City's need for Batman was also used by the writers of Batman Begins.[19] Joseph Jeph Siegbert Loeb III is an American motion picture and television producer/writer and award-winning comic book writer. ... Tim Sale may refer to: Tim Sale (artist), a comic book artist Tim Sale (politician), a Canadian politician This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Carmine The Roman Falcone is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe who made his debut in the four part story Batman: Year One, written by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, in 1987. ... Two-Face is a fictional character, a supervillain and enemy of Batman in the DC Comics Universe. ... Rachel Dawes is a fictional character created for the 2005 Batman film Batman Begins. ... Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ... James Jim Worthington Gordon is a supporting character in DC Comics Batman series. ... This article is about the fictional place. ...


Filming

In seeking inspiration from Superman and other blockbuster films of the late 1970s/early 1980s, Nolan based production in England, specifically Shepperton Studios.[10] A Batcave set, 250 feet (76 m) long, 120 feet (37 m) wide and 40 feet (12 m) high was built there. Production designer Nathan Crowley installed twelve pumps to create a 12,000 gallon waterfall, and built the rocks using moulds of real caves.[23] In January 2004, an airship hangar at Cardington, Bedfordshire was rented by Warner Bros. for filming in April 2004.[24] There, the Narrows and the feet of the monorails filled the 900 feet (270 m) long stage.[23] For the series of films, see Superman (film series). ... Shepperton Studios, located in Shepperton, Middlesex, England is a film studio with a long history of film making. ... The Batcave. ... Production designer is a term used in the movie and television industries to refer to the person responsible for the overall look of a filmed event such as films, TV programs, music videos or adverts. ... Cardington is a village in Bedfordshire in England. ...


Filming began in March 2004 in the Vatnajokull glacier in Iceland (standing in for Tibet), and Nolan refused a second unit to keep his vision consistent.[25] Liam Neeson recalled he and Bale filmed their duel on a real moving sheet of ice, which made the crew nervous, but gave greater realism to the scene.[23] The crew was hampered by 75 mph (121 km/h) winds, but nonetheless they moved ahead to London by March 20, 2004.[26] The building chosen to represent Arkham Asylum was the National Institute for Medical Research building in Mill Hill, north west London, England.[27] The St. Pancras railway station and the Abbey Mills Pumping Stations were used for Arkham's interiors.[23] Mentmore Towers stood in for Wayne Manor, while the University of London was used for courtrooms.[23] Vatnajökull (pronounced vatnajöküdll) is the largest glacier in Iceland. ... This article is about historical/cultural Tibet. ... In film, the second unit is a separate team that shoots footage which is of lesser importance for the final motion picture, as opposed to the first unit, which shoots all scenes involving actors, or at least the stars of the film. ... William John Liam Neeson OBE (born June 7, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated Irish actor. ... is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Institute For Medical Research, commonly abbreviated to NIMR, is a large medical research facility situated in rural Mill Hill, England, on the outskirts of London. ... The Gothic Revival facade and clock tower of the disused Midland Hotel are the most visible part of St Pancras station. ... The original Abbey Mills Pumping Station (Station A) The original Abbey Mills Pumping Station, in Abbey Lane, London E15, is a sewerage pumping station, designed by Joseph Bazalgette and Edmund Cooper, built between 1865 and 1868. ... Mentmore in the 1990s Mentmore Towers is a large English country house in the village of Mentmore in Buckinghamshire. ... Wayne Manor in 1989s Batman. ... Website http://www. ...


Some scenes were also filmed in Chicago at locations such as Lower Wacker Drive and 35 East Wacker.[28] For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... All three levels of Wacker Drive, east of Columbus Drive, including a ramp between the upper and lower (middle) levels Wacker Drive is a major street in Chicago, Illinois, United States, running along the downtown side of the Chicago River. ... 35 East Wacker is a 40-story 523 foot historic building in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. ...


Despite the film's darkness, Nolan wanted to make the film appeal to a wide age range. "Not the youngest kids obviously, I think what we’ve done is probably a bit intense for them but I certainly didn’t want to exclude the sort of ten to 12-year olds, because as a kid I would have loved to have seen a movie like this." Nothing gory or bloody was filmed, and the finished film was as intended.[10]


Design

Director Christopher Nolan used the cult science fiction film Blade Runner as a source of inspiration for Batman Begins. The director screened Blade Runner to cinematographer Wally Pfister and two others to show the attitude and style that he wanted to draw from the film. Nolan described the film's world as "an interesting lesson on the technique of exploring and describing a credible universe that doesn't appear to have any boundaries", a lesson that he applied to the production of Batman Begins.[29] A cult film is a film that has acquired a highly devoted but relatively small group of fans. ... Science fiction film is a film genre that uses speculative, science-based depictions of imaginary phenomena such as extra-terrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, and time travel, often along with technological elements such as futuristic spacecraft, robots, or other technologies. ... This article is about the 1982 film. ... Wally Pfister is an American cinematographer who is best known for his nomination for Academy Award for Best Cinematography in 2005 for Batman Begins. ...


Nolan worked with production designer Nathan Crowley to create the look of Gotham City. Crowley and Nolan designed Gotham City to be a large, modern metropolitan area that would reflect the various periods of architecture that the city had gone through. Elements were drawn from New York City, Chicago, and Tokyo, the latter for its elevated freeways and monorails. In Batman Begins, the Narrows was based on the slummish nature of the (now demolished) walled city of Kowloon in Hong Kong.[30] This article is about the fictional place. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Slums in Delhi, India. ... This article is about the former unique residential block in Hong Kong. ...


Batmobile

The Tumbler—the Batmobile used in Batman Begins
The Tumbler—the Batmobile used in Batman Begins

Crowley started the process of designing the Tumbler for the film by model bashing. One of the parts that Crowley used to create the vehicle was the nose cone of a P-38 Lightning model to serve as the chassis for the Tumbler's jet engine. Six models of the Tumbler were built to 1:12 scale in the course of four months. Following the scale model creation, a crew of over 30 people, including Crowley and engineers Chris Culvert and Annie Smith, carved a full-size replica of the Tumbler out of a large block of Styrofoam, which was a process that lasted two months.[31] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (4500 × 3000 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (4500 × 3000 pixel, file size: 2. ... The Tumbler Batmobile as seen in Batman Begins. ... Kitbashing is a practice in which a new scale model is created by combining elements from existing, commercially-available model kits; these elements may be added to an existing base, or to each other. ... P-38 redirects here. ... Styrofoam is a trademark name for polystyrene thermal insulation material, manufactured by Dow Chemical Company. ...


The Styrofoam model was used to create a steel "test frame", which had to stand up to several standards: have a speed of over 100 mph, go from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5 seconds, possess a steering system to make sharp turns at city corners, and to withstand a self-propelled launch of up to 30 feet (9.1 m). On the very first jump test, the Tumbler's front end collapsed and had to be completely rebuilt. The basic configuration of the newly designed Tumbler included a 5.7-liter Chevy V8 engine, a truck axle for the rear axle, front tires by Hoosier (which are actually dirt racing tires used on the right rear of open wheel sprint cars) , rear 4x4 mud tires by Interco., and the suspension system of Baja racing trucks. The design and development process took nine months and cost several million dollars.[31] Miles per hour is a unit of speed, expressing the number of international miles covered per hour. ... Steering is the term applied to the collection of components, linkages, etc. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration, although modern automotive versions use a 90 degree block angle. ... The front suspension components of a Ford Model T. Suspension is the term given to the system of springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels. ...

The rear of the Tumbler, showing the flaps and engine
The rear of the Tumbler, showing the flaps and engine

With the design process completed, four street-ready race cars were constructed, with each vehicle possessing 65 carbon fiber panels and costing $250,000 each to build. Two of the four cars were specialized versions. One version was the flap version, which had hydraulics and flaps to detail the close-up shots where the vehicle propelled itself through the air. The other version was the jet version, in which an actual jet engine was mounted onto the vehicle, fueled by six propane tanks. Due to the poor visibility inside the vehicle by the driver, monitors were connected to cameras on the vehicle body. The professional drivers for the Tumblers practiced driving the vehicles for six months before they drove on the streets of Chicago for the film's scenes.[31] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution‎ (4,500 × 3,000 pixels, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution‎ (4,500 × 3,000 pixels, file size: 2. ... Carbon fiber composite is a strong, light and very expensive material. ... Propane is a three-carbon alkane, normally a gas, but compressible to a liquid that is transportable. ...


The interior of the Tumbler was an immobile studio set and not actually the interior of a street-capable Tumbler. The cockpit was over-sized to fit cameras for scenes filmed in the Tumbler interior. In addition, another version of the Tumbler was a miniature model that was 1:5 scale of the actual Tumbler. This miniature model had an electric motor and was used to show the Tumbler flying across ravines and between buildings. However, the actual race car was used for the waterfall sequence.[31] HPI E-Savage Tamiya Wild Willy Kyosho Mini-Z Monster Team Losi Micro-T A radio-controlled car (R/C car) is a powered model car driven from a distance using a radio control system. ...


Batsuit

The Batsuit of Batman Begins, worn by Christian Bale.
The Batsuit of Batman Begins, worn by Christian Bale.

The filmmakers intended to create a very mobile Batsuit that would allow the wearer to move easily in order to fight and crouch. Previous film incarnations of the Batsuit had been stiff and especially restricted full head movement. Lindy Hemming, the costume designer for Batman Begins, and her crew worked on the Batsuit at an FX workshop codenamed "Cape Town", a secured compound located at Shepperton Studios in London. The Batsuit's basic design was a neoprene undersuit, which was shaped by attaching molded cream latex sections. Batman actor Christian Bale was molded and sculpted prior to his physical training so the team could work on a full body cast. To avoid imperfections picked up by sculpting with clay, plastiline was used to smooth the surface. In addition, the team brewed different mixtures of foam to find the mixture that would be the most flexible, light, durable, and black. The latter presented a problem, since the process to make the foam black reduced the foam's durability.[4] Image File history File links Batman_bale_small. ... Image File history File links Batman_bale_small. ... Christian Charles Philip Bale (also known professionally as Christian Morgan Bale; born 30 January 1974) is a Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated, Saturn Award-winning Welsh actor[2][3] whose film credits include Empire of the Sun, American Psycho, Equilibrium, The Machinist, Batman Begins and the upcoming The Dark Knight. ... Batmans current costume, as shown in the Hush story arc. ... Shepperton Studios, located in Shepperton, Middlesex, England is a film studio with a long history of film making. ... Neoprene is the DuPont Chemical trade name for a family of synthetic rubbers based on polychloroprene. ... Christian Charles Philip Bale (also known professionally as Christian Morgan Bale; born 30 January 1974) is a Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated, Saturn Award-winning Welsh actor[2][3] whose film credits include Empire of the Sun, American Psycho, Equilibrium, The Machinist, Batman Begins and the upcoming The Dark Knight. ...


For the cape, director Christopher Nolan wanted to have a "flowing cloak... that blows and flows as in so many great graphic novels". Hemming's team created the cape out of their own version of parachute nylon that had electrostatic flocking, a process shared with the team by the British Ministry of Defence. The process was used by the London police force to minimize night vision detection. The cape was topped by a cowl, which was designed by Nolan, Hemming, and costume effects supervisor Graham Churchyard. The cowl was created to be thin enough to allow motion but thick enough to avoid wrinkling when Bale turned his head in the Batsuit. Churchyard explained the cowl had been designed to show "a man who has angst", so his character would be revealed through the mask.[4]-1... For other uses of this word, see nylon (disambiguation). ... The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces. ...


Special effects

In making Batman Begins, Nolan preferred using traditional stuntwork over computer generated imagery.[2] There were, however, several establishing shots that were CG composite images, that is, an image composed of multiple images. Some examples are Gotham's skyline, exterior shots of Wayne Tower, and some of the exterior monorail shots. The monorail sequence was actually a mix of live-action footage, model work, and CGI.[citation needed] The seawater creature in The Abyss marked CGIs acceptance in the visual effects industry. ...


Soundtrack

See also: Batman Begins (soundtrack)

The score for Batman Begins was composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. Director Christopher Nolan originally invited Zimmer to compose the music, and Zimmer asked the director if he could invite Howard to compose as well, as they had always planned a collaboration.[32] The two composers collaborated on separate themes for the "split personality" of Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman. Zimmer and Howard began composing in Los Angeles and moved to London where they stayed for 12 weeks to complete most of their writing.[33] Zimmer and Howard sought inspiration for shaping the score by making set visits to Batman Begins.[34] Batman Begins is a soundtrack album to Christopher Nolans 2005 Batman Begins. ... Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is an Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe award-winning film score composer from Germany. ... This article is about James Howard, the composer. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Zimmer wanted to avoid writing music that had been done before, so the score became an amalgamation of orchestra and electronic music. The film's ninety-piece orchestra[32] was developed from members of various London orchestras, and Zimmer chose to use more than the normal amount of cellos. Zimmer enlisted a soprano boy to help reflect the music in some of film's scenes where Bruce Wayne's parents tragic memories are involved. "He's singing a fairly pretty tune and then he gets stuck, it's like froze, arrested development", Zimmer said. Zimmer also attempted to add human dimension to Batman, whose behavior would typically be seen as "psychotic", through the music. Both composers collaborated to create 2 hours and 20 minutes worth of music for the film.[34] Zimmer composed the action sequences, while Howard focused on the film's drama.[32] For other uses, see Orchestra (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the stringed musical instrument. ...


Themes

Comic book writer and author Danny Fingeroth argued a strong theme in the film was Bruce's search for a father figure; "[Alfred] is the good father that Bruce comes to depend on. Bruce’s real father died before they could establish an adult relationship, and Liam Neeson’s Ducard is stern and demanding, didactic and challenging, but not a father figure with any sympathy. If Bruce Wayne is anyone’s son, it is Alfred’s. [Morgan] Freeman’s Lucius is cool and imperturbable, another steady anchor in Bruce’s life."[35] English professor Mark Fisher of the University of Florida stated Bruce's search for justice requires him to learn from a proper father figure, with Thomas Wayne and Ra's al Ghul being the two counterpoints. Alfred provides a maternal figure of unconditional love, despite the overall lack of focus on a mother figure in Bruce's life.[36]-1...


Fingeroth also argued a major theme in the film is fear, which supports the story of Bruce Wayne becoming a hero. Director Christopher Nolan stated that the idea behind the film was "a person who would confront his innermost fear and then attempt to become it." Fingeroth referred to this film's depiction as "the man with fear – but who rises above it." The theme of fear is further personified by the choice of antagonist – the Scarecrow.[35] For other uses, see Fear (disambiguation). ... Christopher Nolan (born July 30, 1970) is an Academy Award nominated film director, writer and producer. ...


Release

Box office performance

Batman Begins opened on June 15, 2005 in the United States and Canada in 3,858 theaters,[37] including 55 IMAX theaters.[38] The film ranked at the top in its opening weekend, accumulating $48,745,440,[37] which was seen as "strong but unimpressive by today's instantaneous blockbuster standards". The film's five-day gross was $72.9 million, beating Batman Forever (1995) as the franchise high. Batman Begins also broke the five-day opening record in the 55 IMAX theaters, grossing $3.16 million. Polled moviegoers rated the film with an A, and according to the studio's surveys, Batman Begins was considered the best of all the Batman films. The audience's demographic was 57 percent male and 54 percent people over the age of 25.[38] is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... IMAX theatre at the Melbourne Museum complex, Australia BFI London IMAX by night IMAX (short for Image Maximum) is a film format created by Canadas IMAX Corporation that has the capacity to display images of far greater size and resolution than conventional film display systems. ... Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... IMAX theatre at the Melbourne Museum complex, Australia BFI London IMAX by night IMAX (short for Image Maximum) is a film format created by Canadas IMAX Corporation that has the capacity to display images of far greater size and resolution than conventional film display systems. ...


The film held its top spot for another weekend, accumulating $27,589,389 in a 43 percent drop from its first weekend.[39] Batman Begins went on to gross $371,853,783 worldwide.[37] It is the second highest grossing Batman film to date, behind Tim Burton's Batman, which grossed $411,348,924 worldwide. In comparison to the previous Batman films, Batman Begins averaged $12,634 per theater, the least of all the Batman films. It was released in more theaters, but sold fewer tickets than any of the others, with the exception of Batman & Robin.[40] Batman Begins was the eighth highest grossing film of 2005 in the US.[41] For the album based on the film, see Batman (album). ...


Home video

The DVD of Batman Begins was released on October 18, 2005 in both single disc and two-disc deluxe editions.[42] In addition to the film, the deluxe edition contained featurettes and other bonus materials. The edition contained a small paperback booklet, the first Batman story Detective Comics #27, as well as Batman: The Man Who Falls and an excerpt from Batman: The Long Halloween.[43] Batman Begins achieved first place in national sales and rental charts in October 2005, becoming the top-selling DVD in the fourth quarter of 2005. The DVD grossed $11.36 million in rental revenue.[44] The DVD held its position at the top of the sales chart for a second week, but fell to second place behind Bewitched on video rental charts.[45] DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cover of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). ... Bewitched is a 2005 comedy film produced by Columbia Pictures and inspired by the classic television series of the same name. ...


Batman Begins was released on HD DVD on October 10, 2006.[46] An Ultimate Collector's Edition of the film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray, to coincide with The Dark Knight on July 18, 2008.[47] HD-DVD disc HD DVD (for High Density Digital Versatile Disc) is a digital optical media format which is being developed as one standard for high-definition DVD. HD DVD is similar to the competing Blu-ray Disc, which also uses the same CD sized (120 mm diameter) optical data... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blu-ray discs Blu-ray Disc is a next-generation optical disc format jointly developed by a group of leading consumer electronics and PC companies called the Blu_ray Disc Association (BDA), which succeeds the Blu_ray Disc Founders (BDF). ... The Dark Knight is an upcoming 2008 American superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Reaction

Critical reception

Based on 247 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, Batman Begins received an average 84% overall approval rating;[48] the film was more balanced with the 40 critics in Rotten Tomatoes' "Cream of the Crop", which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs,[49] receiving a 63% approval rating.[50] By comparison, Metacritic calculated an average score of 70 from the 41 reviews it collected.[51] Common criticism focused on the realism behind the character, and certain character portrayals that hindered the film. There was dissension over Nolan's ability to create a complex character and Bale's ability to portray that character. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ...


James Berardinelli applauded Nolan and Goyer's work creating more understanding into "who [Batman] is and what motivates him", something Berardinelli felt Tim Burton's film lacked; at the same time, Berardinelli felt the romantic aspect between Bale and Holmes did not work because the actors lacked the chemistry Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder (Superman), or Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) shared in their respective roles.[52] According to Total Film, Nolan manages to create such strong characters and story that the third-act action sequences cannot compare to " the frisson of two people talking", and Katie Holmes and Christian Bale's romantic subplot has a spark "refreshingly free of Peter Parker/Mary Jane-style whining".[53] James Berardinelli (born September 1967, New Brunswick, New Jersey) is an online film critic. ... Christopher DOlier Reeve[1] (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, director, producer, and writer. ... Margot Kidder (born October 17, 1948) is a Canadian-American film and television actress who achieved fame playing Lois Lane in the Superman movies of the 1970s and 1980s. ... For the series of films, see Superman (film series). ... Tobias Vincent Maguire (born June 27, 1975) is an American actor. ... Kirsten[1] Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is an American actress, known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and Bring It On, as well as for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in the... Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. ... Total Film, published by Future Publishing, is the United Kingdoms second best-selling film magazine, after the longer-established Empire from Emap. ...


Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Turan, who felt the film began slowly, stated that the "story, psychology and reality, not special effects", assisted the darkness behind Batman's arsenal; he noted that Neeson and Holmes, unlike Bale's ability to "feel his role in his bones", do not appear to fit their respective characters in "being both comic-book archetypes and real people".[54] The New Yorker's David Denby did not share Berardinelli and Turan's opinion. He was unimpressed with the film, when comparing it to the two Tim Burton films, and that Christian Bale's presence was hindered by the "dull earnestness of the screenplay", the final climax was "cheesy and unexciting", and that Nolan had resorting to imitating the "fakery" used by other filmmakers when filming action sequences.[55] This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ... Kenneth Turan is an American film critic, currently writing for the Los Angeles Times. ... For other uses, see New Yorker. ... David Denby is an author and academic at Dublin City University: Published works Books by David Denby include: Sentimental Narrative and the Social Order in France, 1760-1820, Cambridge University Press, 1994. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and often dark gothic atmosphere in his high-profile films. ...


Matthew Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune believed Nolan and Miller managed to "comfortably mix the tormented drama and revenge motifs with light hearted gags and comic book allusions", and that Nolan takes the series out of the "slam-bang Hollywood jokefests" the franchise had drifted into.[56] Comic book scribe and editor Dennis O'Neil stated that he "felt the filmmakers really understood the character they were translating", citing this film as the best of the live-action Batman films.[57] In contrast, J.R. Jones, from the Chicago Reader, criticized the script, and Nolan and David Goyer for not living up to the "hype about exploring Batman's damaged psyche".[58] Roger Ebert, who gave mixed reviews to the previous films, wrote this was "the Batman movie I've been waiting for; more correctly, this is the movie I did not realize I was waiting for". Giving it four out of four stars, he commended the realistic portrayals of the Batman arsenal—the Batsuit, Batcave, Batmobile, and the Batsignal—as well as the focus on "the story and character" with less stress on "high-tech action".[59] // The Chicago Tribune is a major daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois and owned by the Tribune Company. ... Dennis Denny ONeil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of books until his retirement. ... The Chicago Reader is an alternative newsweekly in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It was founded in 1971[2] by a group of friends who attended Carleton College. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


Like Berardinelli, USA Today's Mike Clark thought Bale performed the role of Batman as well as he did Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, but that the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Rachel Dawes was "frustratingly underdeveloped".[60] Kyle Smith thought Bale exhibited "both the menace and the wit he showed in his brilliant turn in American Psycho", and that the film works so well because of the realism, stating, "Batman starts stripping away each layer of Gotham crime only to discover a sicker and more monstrous evil beneath, his rancid city simultaneously invokes early ’90s New York, when criminals frolicked to the tune of five murders a day; Serpico New York, when cops were for sale; and today, when psychos seek to kill us all at once rather than one by one."[61] In contrast, Salon.com's Stephanie Zacharek felt Nolan did not deliver the emotional depth expected of "one of the most soulful and tortured superheroes of all"; she thought Bale, unlike Michael Keaton who she compared him to, failed to connect with the audience underneath the mask, but that Gary Oldman succeeds in "emotional complexity" where the rest of the movie fails.[62] However, Tim Burton felt Nolan "captured the real spirit that these kind of movies are supposed to have nowadays. When I did Batman twenty years ago, in 1988 or something, it was a different time in comic book movies. You couldn't go into that dark side of comics yet. The last couple of years that has become acceptable and Nolan certainly got more to the root of what the Batman comics are about."[63] USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kyle Smith is an American novelist , critic and essayist. ... For other uses, see Serpico (disambiguation). ... Salon. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and often dark gothic atmosphere in his high-profile films. ... For the album based on the film, see Batman (album). ...


Awards

Wally Pfister was nominated for an Academy Award for best cinematography of 2005, the film's only Oscar nomination. Just months after its release, Batman Begins was voted by Empire readers as the 36th greatest film of all time.[64] In 2006, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honored James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, and Ramin Djawadi with an ASCAP award for composing a film that became one of the top grossing films of 2005.[65] The film was awarded three Saturn Awards in 2006 as well: Best Actor for Christian Bale, Best Fantasy Film, and Best Writing for Nolan and Goyer.[66] Christian Bale would go on to win a MTV Movie Award for Best Hero.[67] However, Katie Holmes's performance was not well received, and she was nominated for a Razzie award for Worst Supporting Actress.[68] Batman Begins won the fan-based Total Film award for Best Film.[69] Wally Pfister is an American cinematographer who is best known for his nomination for Academy Award for Best Cinematography in 2005 for Batman Begins. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Empire is a British film magazine published monthly by Emap Consumer Media since July 1989. ... The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a non-profit performing rights organization that protects its members musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, whether via a broadcast or live performance, and compensating them accordingly. ... This article is about James Howard, the composer. ... Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is an Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe award-winning film score composer from Germany. ... Ramin Djawadi is a composer of orchestral music for film and television. ... The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy and horror in film, television and home video. ... The MTV Movie Awards is a film awards show presented annually on MTV. Categories Best Movie Best Male Performance Besy Female Performance Most Desirable Male Most Desirable Female Best Breakthrough Performance (Male and Female) Best On-Screen Duo Best Villain Best Comedic Performance Best Song From a Movie (Best musical... Razzie Award The Raspberry Awards or Razzies, first awarded in 1981, were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to counterpoint the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... Total Film, published by Future Publishing, is the United Kingdoms second best-selling film magazine, after the longer-established Empire from Emap. ...


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Kevin Conroy Kevin Conroy (born November 30, 1955) is an American actor of stage, screen, and voice, best known for his portrayal of DC Comics superhero Batman in numerous animated series and features. ... Val Edward Kilmer[1] (born December 31, 1959) is an American actor. ... George Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, who gained fame as one of the lead doctors in the long-running television drama, ER (1994–99), as Anthony Edwardss characters best friend and partner, Dr... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Bruce Thomas portraying Batman in an OnStar commercial, circa 2001. ... Rino Romano (born 1969) is a Canadian voice actor probably best known for his voice roles as Bruce Wayne on the television show The Batman and as Darien Shields (Chiba Mamoru) in the dub of the popular anime Sailor Moon. ... Christian Charles Philip Bale (also known professionally as Christian Morgan Bale; born 30 January 1974) is a Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated, Saturn Award-winning Welsh actor[2][3] whose film credits include Empire of the Sun, American Psycho, Equilibrium, The Machinist, Batman Begins and the upcoming The Dark Knight. ... Jeremy Merton Sisto (born October 6, 1974) is an American actor. ... Diedrich Bader Karl Diedrich Bader (born December 24, 1966) is an American actor. ... List indicator(s) (x) indicates the actor portrayed a character that did not originate in the comic book. ... This article is about the 1960s television series. ... Barbara Joyce as the Huntress from Legends of the Superheroes. ... For other meanings of the term, see Bird of prey. ... Batman was a 15-chapter serial released in 1943 by Columbia Pictures. ... Batman and Robin was a 15-chapter serial released in 1949 by Columbia Pictures. ... For the 1989 version starring Michael Keaton, see Batman (1989 film). ... For the album based on the film, see Batman (album). ... For the video game based on the film, see Batman Returns (video game). ... Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... For the 1949 serial Batman and Robin, see Batman and Robin (serial). ... The Dark Knight is an upcoming 2008 American superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman. ... The Batman/Superman Hour was a Filmation animated series that was broadcast on CBS from 1968–1969. ... The New Adventures of Batman is an animated series produced by Filmation in 1977 featuring the DC Comics superheroes Batman and Robin, and occasionally Batgirl. ... The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ... The New Batman Adventures was the successor to the highly acclaimed American animated television series Batman: The Animated Series. ... Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is an animated film first released in 1993. ... Batman & Mr. ... Batman Beyond (known as Batman of the Future in Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and India) is an American animated television series created by The WB Television Network in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. ... Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is a direct-to-video animated film featuring the comic book superhero Batman. ... Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman is an animated movie based on the DC Comics character Batman and set in the same world as Batman: The Animated Series. ... The Batman is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. ... The Batman vs. ... Justice League is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... This article is about the Hanna-Barbera television series. ...

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"Batman Begins" - Salon.com (1006 words)
Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" fills in, with a series of murky pointillist dots, the back story of one of the most soulful and tortured superheroes of all.
In "Batman Begins" -- which takes its cues from the original vision of Batman creator Bob Kane, embellishing it heavily -- young Bruce Wayne once fell into a well on his parents' estate and was set upon by a fluttering, flapping cloud of fl bats.
As a filmmaker Nolan has made a name for himself as a purveyor of faux-Hitchcockian gloomy cleverness ("Memento," "Insomnia"), and he has meticulously designed "Batman Begins" to be the feel-bad movie of the summer.
SCREEN IT! PARENTAL REVIEW: BATMAN BEGINS (3988 words)
Batman starts to fight some goons that have set his manor on fire, but a burning beam falls on him, knocking him unconscious.
Batman hits, knocks around and otherwise fights several armed goons (with some of their guns firing during the attack, including one goon accidentally being shot in the foot by one).
Batman fights a villain in a fast-moving train, with various severe blows and while avoiding the villain swinging his blade at him.
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