The film embraces a darker and more serious tone, emphasizing the psychological trauma that shapes Bruce’s journey and the brutality of his world. This contrasts with the earlier comics, which often featured a more fantastical and campy portrayal, with gadgets, outlandish villains, and a lighter tone.

The film delves deeply into Bruce’s transformation into Batman, exploring his training, motivations, and the events that shape his crusade for justice. The earlier comics often introduced Batman without a detailed origin story, focusing more on his ongoing adventures.

Batman Begins (2005) Movie poster and comic book cover compared.

Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan, 2005

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Batman
Bob Kane, Bill Finger, 1940

Batman Begins is a movie directed by Christopher Nolan in 2005 and based on the characters from the comic book Batman by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, first published in 1940. The movie features Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, and others.

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Batman Begins (2005)
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RATING

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/ 10

Movie Poster: Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan, 2005)

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Comic Book Cover: Batman (Bob Kane, Bill Finger, 1940)

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Storyline

As a child in Gotham City, Bruce Wayne falls down a dry well and is attacked by a swarm of bats, developing a fear of bats. Outside, mugger Joe Chill murders Bruce’s parents in front of him, and the orphaned Bruce is raised by the family butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

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The film embraces a darker and more serious tone, emphasizing the psychological trauma that shapes Bruce’s journey and the brutality of his world. This contrasts with the earlier comics, which often featured a more fantastical and campy portrayal, with gadgets, outlandish villains, and a lighter tone.

The film delves deeply into Bruce’s transformation into Batman, exploring his training, motivations, and the events that shape his crusade for justice. The earlier comics often introduced Batman without a detailed origin story, focusing more on his ongoing adventures.


Poster of Batman Begins, the 2005 movie by Christopher Nolan

Year

2005

Minutes

140

Movie Rate

8.20

Source: IMDb

Movie

Batman Begins

Country: USA

Year: 2005

Length: 2h20m

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Cover of Batman, the 1940 comic book by Bob Kane and Bill Finger

Year

1940

Pages

55

Book Rate

8.08

S: Goodreads

Comic Book

Batman

Country: USA

First published in: 1940

Length: 55 pages

Genre: Fiction

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