Synopsis: In BATMAN BEGINS, acclaimed director Christopher Nolan explores the origins of the legendary DARK KNIGHT. In the wake of his parents' murders, disillusioned heir BRUCE WAYNE (CHRISTIAN BALE) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. With the help of his trusted butler ALFRED (MICHAEL CAINE), detective JIM GORDON (GARY OLDMAN) and his ally LUCIUS FOX (MORGAN FREEMAN), Wayne returns to GOTHAM CITY and unleashes his alter ego: BATMAN, a masked cursader who uses strength, intellect and an array of high-tech weaponry to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.
Run Time: 140 Minutes
Director: Christopher Nolan
Dvd Extra's: Theatrical Trailer, Language English or French, Subtitles English, French, and Spanish
Dvd Extra's Deluxed Edition: Disk 1: Tankman Begins, Theatrical Trailer, Spoken Languages - English 5.1 and Francais 5.1, Subtitles - English, Francais, Espanol. Disk 2: Inner Demons Comic, Batman - The Journey Begins, Shaping Mind and Body, Gotham City Rises, Cape and Cowl, Batman - The Tumbler, Path to Discovery, Saving Gotham City, Genesis of the Bat, Confidential Files, Art Gallery.
Hidden Features: (deluxed edition only)
Batmobile Tests: On disc 2, from the Main Menu, press down, then press left on your remote. This will highlight Batman's reflection in the water. Press enter to select his reflection and reveal a "Wayne Enterprises Applied Sciences Division Testing Labs" clip where they test out the new Batmobile via stunt rehearsals in the film.
Hidden Special Features List: On disc 2, from the main menu, press down to highlight the "Bat Symbol," Press enter to select the symbol and reveal a complete list of special featrues spread throughout the disc.
Digital Batman: On disc 2, access the screen where the Scarecrow is holding a lighter. Press down on your remote to highlight the Scarecrow's eyes. Press enter to select the eyes and reveal an audio clip of Paul Franklin (Visual Effects Supervisor) talk about the concept shots using Christian Bale and a digital Batman.
David Goyer Speaks: On disc 2, navigate through the comic book and access the second screen. Once there, press down to highlight part of the wall. Press enter to then listen to co-writer David Goyer talk about how he began writing the script.
Nudity Factor: None
Of Note: Chicago was used not only as the basis for the design of Gotham, but also for filming scenes that depict many of the fictional city's exteriors, including the spectacular chase sequence that features the Batmobile rocketing through an intricately choreographed ballet of traffic and crashing police cars. The chase was shot primarily on Lower Waker Drive in "The Loop" area of the city, just south of the Chicago River.
Trailer: Windows Media Player Click Here
First off I want to say that as a kid Batman was my second favorite super hero behind Spiderman. I went to this movie very happy that a new direction was being taken this time. The last time all the good villians were being killed off and we were left with putting up with Arnold. I felt this time around they got the casting right. Christian Bale as Batman was for the fist time both good as Batman and Bruce Wayne. Cillian Murphy as Dr. Crane is awesome. He really does a good job as a bad guy. He can also be seen in Red Eye as a bad guy and does a great job in that movie also. I guess if I have one complaint about the movie is that it takes them 45 minutes to get all of Bruce Waynes background out. Although the background was very good, they didn't leave much time for anything else to be developed. As my final thought on this movie, I very much liked several of the scenes at the end of the movie, the one back at the office is excellent.
As you might be yourself, I was extremely reluctant to see this movie after the constant butchering of the Batman Comic's and even the 60's TV show by the absolutely crappy Batman movies of late. After a coworker who had seen the movie talked it up I couldn't resist. My incessant need for movies longer than two hours that may or may not be watch able took hold.
My curiosity was well rewarded this time unlike the Horrible "Alexander" flick with Collin Farrel which I might add is the worst movie I have EVER seen.
This movie was DARK just like a Batman movie is supposed to be. The casting was correct and my only gripe was the stupid mask but that is probably a taste issue.
Definitely worth seeing if you are a Batman fan!
Jason James was kind enough to give this movie, after he purchased the collector edition. Every aspect of this movie was a pleasant surprise. Really, I havenít enjoyed a Batman movie as much as this since the original with Michael Keaton. Truth be told this movie is superior in every way. The villains are well done, and Batman seems more human now, not always so sure of himself. In these small changes a better movie is made.