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Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan's 2005 film explores the origins of Batman and the war on crime in Gotham.
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Batman Begins
A man in a batsuit spreads his wings while looking down. Tall skyscrapers protrude above, and bats fly around him.
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Produced by Emma Thomas
Larry J. Franco
Charles Roven
Written by Screenplay:
Christopher Nolan
David S. Goyer
Story:
David S. Goyer
Comic Book:
Bob Kane
Bill Finger
Starring Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Liam Neeson
Katie Holmes
Gary Oldman
Cillian Murphy
Morgan Freeman
Tom Wilkinson
Rutger Hauer
Ken Watanabe
Music by Hans Zimmer
James Newton Howard
Cinematography Wally Pfister
Editing by Lee Smith
Studio Warner Bros.
Legendary Pictures
Syncopy Films
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) June 15, 2005
Running time 140 min.
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $150 million
Gross revenue $372,710,015
Followed by The Dark Knight

Batman Begins is a 2005 action film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman, directed by Christopher Nolan. It stars Christian Bale as Batman, along with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe, Tom Wilkinson, and Rutger Hauer. The film reboots the Batman film series, telling the origin story of the character and begins with Bruce Wayne's initial fear of bats, the death of his parents, and his journey to becoming Batman. It draws inspiration from classic comic book storylines such as Batman: The Man Who Falls, Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Long Halloween.

After a series of unsuccessful projects to resurrect Batman on screen following the 1997 critical failure of Batman & Robin, Nolan and David S. Goyer began work on the film in early 2003 and aimed for a darker and more realistic tone, with humanity and realism being the basis of the film. The goal was to get the audience to care for both Batman and Bruce Wayne. The film, which was primarily shot in England and Chicago, relied on traditional stunts and miniaturescomputer-generated imagery was used minimally. A new Batmobile (called the Tumbler) and a more mobile Batsuit were both created specifically for the film.

Batman Begins was critically and commercially successful. The film opened on June 15, 2005 in the United States and Canada in 3,858 theaters. It grossed $48 million in its opening weekend, eventually grossing $370 million worldwide. The film received an 85% overall approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Critics noted that fear was a common theme throughout the film, and remarked that it had a darker tone compared to previous Batman films. A sequel titled The Dark Knight was released in July 2008 and also saw the return of both Nolan and Bale to the franchise. Batman Begins has also popularized the notion of reboots in Hollywood. The film grossed $496,853,783 in both DVD and box office sales.[1]

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Cast:  Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Linus Roache, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes, Rutger Hauer, Michael Caine, Mark Boone, Jr., Ken Watanabe, Tom Wilkinson, Gus Lewis, Richard Brake, Larry Holden, Sara Stewart
Director:  Christopher Nolan
Genre:  Action, Comic Book and Graphic Novel Adaptations, Crime Drama, Suspense
Release Date:  June 15, 2005
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Screen Writer:  David S. Goyer
DVD Release Date:  2005
Runtime:  2hrs 20min
Studio:  Warner Bros.
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