“A man is flesh-and-blood, and can be ignored or destroyed. But as a symbol, I can be incorruptible, everlasting.” – Batman(Batman Begins)
Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman, co-written and directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as the titular character. Batman Begins is by far the only live-action Batman adaption that really understands the source material, and the character of Batman. Christopher Nolan, who I regard as my favourite director and screenwriter really did an incredible job in adapting the dark and gritty extended Batman origins.
The movie is filled with memorable, fanboy moments that are stitched in my mind long after watching them for the first time. The narrative of the entire film is psychologically thrilling, and the writers do an amazing job in making the viewer care for Bruce Wayne as well as Batman. The essence of a good story is whether or not the audience is able to care for the main character. Even if the audience does not agree on with said character, but they have to understand why they do what they do. Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer did a good job in implementing the one defining characteristic of Batman’s city, which is the diseased, crime-ridden streets. Gotham City, like Batman, is a character in its own right. Batman Begins conveys a deeper identity to Batman’s city, and its role and utmost importance in creating the Batman character. Christopher Nolan depicted a realistic Batman universe, and ultmately, a realistic Gotham, in which the moral order is shown to be fragile in the face of the unending chaos. Gotham City is shown as a dark, dying shell of its former self, and a painful reminder to Batman’s worst day. In essence, it was Gotham City that killed Batman’s parents in the form of a diseased, troubled thief, whom was created by the city’s harsh conditions. This in turn, created a darker, and genuinely angrier character in the young Bruce Wayne. It triggered an obsessive mission, and a conviction to sacrifice everything for the sake of said mission.
“I seek to turn fear against those who prey on the fearful..” – Bruce Wayne(Batman Begins)
In Batman Begins, Nolan’s interpretation of Gotham and Batman is by far the most detailed in understanding. Although the setting of Gotham City is realistic, Batman is depicted as an extraordinary figure in an ordinary setting. The troubled psyche of Batman is mirrored in an almost suicidal mentality to rid Gotham of its identifying twisted criminality. The psychological depiction of Batman’s reason to put on the cape and cowl, and the ongoing theme of “Fear” is the one important aspect of the film’s narrative that conveys Batman’s compelling conflict and his connection to everything the city of Gotham means to his entire universe. In the beginning, Batman’s reason for his bat persona was to put fear in the hearts of the cowardly of the criminal underworld. Fear is important in making Batman an efficient crime-fighter in Gotham. He is the one hero who is effective in his purpose without having any superpowers. He rules the city with fear. Christopher Nolan created a deeper meaning to that theme, when he depicted Batman as a fearful and superstitious mere man. The entire thematic arc of Batman Begins is mastering one’s own fears, and overcoming the traumas of Batman’s psyche.
In conclusion, Batman Begins is a brilliant depiction of my favourite character of all time. I would talk about Batman all day, but that would be a post for another day. I would definitely recommend this movie, if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen it. It’s smart, dark, and intensely thrilling!
The Geek Writer