Bat­man Be­gins (2005)

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

“Bats frighten me. It’s time my en­e­mies shared my dread.”

— Bruce Wayne (Chris­tian Bale) de­cides on a style mo­tif.

With chal­leng­ing films such as Me­mento and The Pres­tige un­der his belt, Christo­pher Nolan was an un­usual choice to rein­vent the Bat­man fran­chise, but he was a smart one. And cer­tainly brains were nec­es­sary, given the brain­less di­rec­tion Schu­macher had taken the hero. Nolan’s tack was to ap­proach the Bat­man myth as if it was a re­al­is­tic premise, giv­ing Chris­tian Bale’s tor­tured hero a tech ge­nius con­fed­er­ate in Mor­gan Free­man’s Lu­cius Fox and a Ni­et­zschean vig­i­lante role model in Liam Nee­son’s Henri Du­card. The lesser-known vil­lain The Scare­crow (Cil­lian Mur­phy) was an ap­pro­pri­ate choice given the movie’s mo­tif of per­va­sive fear.

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