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Batman Begins (2005)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Batman Begins (2005)

In Christopher Nolan's tight and re-tooled prequel of the Caped Crusader series, the fifth film in the revived superhero series:

  • the film's emphasis on the early roots and origins of tortured superhero Batman's career, including his fall as young 8 year-old boy Bruce Wayne (Gus Lewis as child) into a well on his parents' estate Wayne Manor - and the development of his recurring, traumatic, bat-phobic nightmare of fluttering black bats attacking him, and his horrific witnessing of his parents' death (Thomas and Martha) by mugger Joe Chill (Richard Brake) in a city alleyway outside an opera house (his father's last words were: "Don't be afraid")
  • the car scene between industrial playboy millionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) and his childhood friend, now grown-up Gotham City Assistant DA Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes); both of them had just witnessed the startling killing of Joe Chill (by one of criminal mastermind Carmine Falcone's (Tom Wilkinson) thugs) after a court appearance and early release due to a plea deal; Rachel berated Bruce for seeking revenge himself and offered helpful advice -- to go beyond his personal vendettas; she stated how justice was more than revenge; she sent him on his mission in the crime-ridden, economically-depressed city with wise words: "You're not talking about justice, you're talking about revenge...Justice is about harmony. Revenge is about you making yourself feel better...You care about justice? Look beyond your own pain, Bruce"
Two Evil Characters in Gotham City
Crime Boss Carmine Falcone
(Tom Wilkinson)
Falcone Tied to Floodlight
Dr. Jonathan Crane
(Cillian Murphy)
aka "The Scarecrow"
  • the introduction to one of the film's two evil characters in Gotham City: Italian crime boss Carmine Falcone who threatened Bruce with a gun: "People from your world have so much to lose. Now, you think because your mommy and your daddy got shot, you know about the ugly side of life, but you don't. You've never tasted desperate. You're, you're Bruce Wayne, the prince of Gotham. You'd have to go 1000 miles to meet someone who didn't know your name. So don't, don't come here with your anger, trying to prove something to yourself. This is a world you'll never understand. And you always fear what you don't understand"; as Wayne was being beaten up to teach him a lesson, Falcone reminded Bruce of how Chill had murdered his parents: ("He said your father begged for mercy. Begged like a dog"); eventually, Batman vengefully tied Falcone to a floodlight to make the first bat-symbol in the sky
  • the sequences of adult Bruce's training in Bhutan - to face his fears - with the mysterious vigilante ninja sect known as The League of Shadows, led by mystic Ra's Al Ghul (Ken Watanabe) and personally led by the enigmatic martial arts training mentor Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) - [Spoiler: ultimately, Ducard was revealed as the villainous, real Ra's Al Ghul in a concluding plot twist]
  • the more evil character of effete, shady psycho-pharmacologist Dr. Jonathan Crane, aka "The Scarecrow" (Cillian Murphy) who was a drug smuggler and the perverse proprietor of Arkham Asylum populated with lunatics; he often used a burlap bag mask when he sprayed opponents with a toxic, insanity-causing vapor (and a fear-inducing hallucinogen); he claimed to work for Ra's al Ghul
  • the film's explanation of the creation of Batman's persona and accoutrements or gadgets (the armored protective Batsuit and cowl, the all-terrain Batmobile known as The Tumbler, the cave, the cape, etc.) by Wayne Enterprises' genius high-tech scientist Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman)
  • the climactic final action sequence of a race against time to prevent an elevated monorail train from reaching Wayne Towers and causing Crane's plan to work - the destruction of the city by the release of a fear-inducing hallucinogen into and through Gotham's central water supply (aided by Ra's al Ghul's plan to vaporize the water supply with a stolen microwave-emitter on the train to cause Crane's drug to go airborne)
  • the deadly moment onboard the crashing train that Batman told villainous Henri Ducard: ("l won't kill you, but l don't have to save you") - before flying away from the speeding train as it plunged downward on demolished tracks - taking Ducard (with his eyes closed) to his fateful death
Rachel's Realization of Bruce Wayne's Vigilante Alter-Ego
and Kiss
  • the momentous kissing scene between Bruce and Rachel (she finally realized that Bruce was Batman): "l never stopped thinking about you. About us. And when l heard you were back, l-l started to hope. (They kissed) But then l found out about your mask" - he interjected: "Batman's just a symbol, Rachel" - she replied: "No. (She touched his face) This is your mask. Your real face is the one that criminals now fear. The man I loved - the man who vanished - he never came back at all. But maybe he's still out there, somewhere. Maybe some day, when Gotham no longer needs Batman, I'll see him again" - she had gained respect for him and expressed her pride in him
  • in the final scene, newly-promoted police Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman) told Batman about his worries over the escalation of violence in Gotham, although Batman was hopeful: "We can bring Gotham back"; however, Gordon explained to Batman that there was a new criminal in town - the Joker, evidenced by playing cards left at crime scenes: "Now, take this guy. Armed robbery, double homicide. Got a taste for the theatrical, like you. Leaves a calling card"; Batman simply replied: "I'll look into it"; when Gordon added: "I never said Thank You," Batman responded: "And you'll never have to" - before disappearing into the night sky

Young Bruce Witnessing Parents' Death

Mugger Joe Chill

Mr. Wayne:
"Don't be afraid"

Bruce Wayne's Training Under Henri Ducard (Liam Nesson)

Batman's First Appearance to Falcone

The Key Phrase: "lt's not who l am underneath,.but what l do that defines me"

Crashing, Elevated Monorail Train Killing Ducard

Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman)

A New Criminal: "The Joker"


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