This, is personally, my second favourite film of all time. This, along with it's sequel, 'The Dark Knight' to me, belong together as one, but, I am not talking about it's much more popular sequel, I am talking about the beginning of the Batman legend, because this truly is the most effective, and brilliant incarnation of the Batman ever told.
My own personal history with this character stretches back years, in fact, it stretches back as far as I can remember.
As a child, I would always be seen in a Batman costume, driving around in my little Go-Kart! And I remember this vividly.
Growing up with a family that loved films, novels, comic books, and television, has given me pretty much the same experience, and I think it's safe to say, I may have taken that love to the next level. My uncle, was, and continues to be a huge Batman fan, so, my love for the dark knight originates with him.
I remember, when I was younger watching the Tim Burton Batman films, 'Batman' and 'Batman Returns', and later the Joel Schumaccer films, 'Batman Forever' and 'Batman & Robin'. As a child, I pretty much enjoyed them (except for Batman & Robin, which I can honestly admit, I've never enjoyed).
I began reading more Batman comics, and began obsessed. Specifically with 'Batman: Year One', 'Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth' and 'The Long Halloween', and in 2004, I began writing my own screenplay for Batman.
Back then, I didn't have the internet, so, I wasn't able to follow the development of this film closely, but my uncle brought it to my attention that the director of 'Memento' and 'Insomnia' was reinventing 'Batman', and gave me the low down on the concept and casting.
I was already a fan of Christian Bale, having seen 'American Psycho' and quoted it a fair amount in School. So, I was always a fan of the casting.
And then, the day came, and I can still remember it. The day I saw 'Batman Begins' was possible my single-greatest experience in the cinema, because I sat in awe from start to finish.
The casting works so well, Christian Bale plays both Bruce Wayne and Batman perfectly. Michael Caine is a warm, loving Alfred. Liam Neeson is, as always, a great mentor, and villain. Katie Holmes is not as bad as people think. Cillian Murphy portrays Crane in a dynamic, haunting fashion. And, the rest of its cast, Morgan Freeman, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Linus Roach, and Ken Watanabe are all fantastic.
Everything is perfect about this film, from the production design, to the epic musical score. But where the film is most effective, is in its plot.
After I witnessed the plot of this film, I instantly just pushed the previous Batman films into the bin. They did not exist, and since, I have not saw, nor plan to see, a single one. Because, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer have creating something special, something incredible, something dark and adult, and something for me!
That's why, I am the target audience for this film. A Batman fan who does not care for gimmicks, or the unrealistic Gothic tone to make it feel grim. I don't care for big Special Effects, or fantastical characters. And I definitely do not care for Robin.
What I care for, is a character that exists in a real world. And that is who Batman is. Unlike other super heroes, he does not have super powers, so he exists in the real world. And Nolan turned Batman into a dark shadow, a dark warrior, a dark knight, by introducing him into this real world, with realistic tones, and even the gadgets, the suit, and the "Tumbler" are all realistic, and believable.
Batman Begins represents the kind of film that we should see more often, but I'm glad we don't, because it makes it much more special. Perfect