This retrospective isn’t for heavy dissection or the themes and characters; I’ll leave that to others (hint, fear is a big one). I just want to share my appreciation of Christopher Nolan’s first Batman film, and give a little background to my experience of it. Since it’s release in 2005 I’ve seen it over 30 times, so you could say it’s a favourite.
Before we get into all of that though, check out this awesome poster that adorned my bedroom room for several years. What a beauty. The top image is from a poster too. Possibly the best set of posters I’ve seen for a film.
Begin was released back in the days when the internet wasn’t quite the spoiler-ridden mess it can be now. I’d managed to avoid all the spoilers, though I did hoover up the trailers and TV spots. The discovery of the Batman-On-Film forums not only gave me a safe haven to enjoy discussion and news without knowing too much but also gave me friends I still talk to now. With these kindred spirits I could crow about how I’d proclaimed Bale as a great possible Batman/Bruce Wayne as far as back as American Psycho. We poured over photos of the new Batmobile and Batsuit whilst marvelling at the cast Christopher Nolan had managed to put together.
The rest is a blur, except for the ending. Begins did a wonderful job of explaining why the world would need someone like Batman and how he came to be, but the attention it gave to Jim Gordon as he fought a losing battle against a tide of corruption gave it heart. They’re relationship steadily changes from confusion to a partnership, and how it’s used to conclude the film makes for a scene that I truly treasure.