20 Things You Didn't Know About Batman Begins

batman begins Look, let€™s be honest here: this is the internet, and Batman Begins is the first installment in Christopher Nolan€™s ridiculously successful (oh, just two billion worldwide) Batman trilogy, about possibly the the coolest comic book superhero of all time. Odds are that there isn€™t anything you don€™t know about Batman Begins already. But then, you probably wouldn€™t be likely to read an article titled €œ20 Things You Probably Already Know About Batman Begins, But We€™ll Pretend That You Don€™t€, would you? So anyway €“ even with Christopher Nolan€™s penchant for secrecy, the making of his Batman trilogy has been reasonably well covered €“ the way Nolan grounded his Batman in an at least semi recognizable €œreal world," the way the majority of the film's effects and stunts were done for real, the way Nolan managed to slightly botch the best superhero cast to that date with Katie Holmes. If you own a DVD or blu-ray player, you already know all that stuff. Here€™s a few things you might not know€

20. Bruce Falling Into The Batcave Is A Nod To The Dark Knight Returns

the-dark-knight-returns Want to know if a film critic knows virtually nothing about comic books? Look at their reviews of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and see if they mention that it€™s €œclearly inspired by Frank Miller€™s Dark Knight Returns." Books like Miller€™s own Year One and Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale€™s The Long Halloween arguably play a much bigger role in €œinspiring€ the Nolan series €“ at least until we get to the third film €“ but Miller€™s Batman magnum opus has become the cultural touchstone, the book that even people who don€™t read comics know is €œthat dark Batman comic." There are, to be fair, a few little nods to "TDKR" in Nolan€™s first two Batman films. Batman Begins opens with a scene where young Bruce Wayne falls into a well and gets the bejeezus scared out of him by a flock of screeching bats. It€™s a formative moment for the character, and on both the Batman Begins blu-ray and in the Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy book, co-writer David Goyer talks about how he and Nolan €œcame up with this traumatic experience that happens to Bruce." In point of fact, it€™s a moment taken directly from Dark Knight Returns, where it€™s a scarring experience for young Bruce Wayne. A similar scenario also played out €“ arguably not nearly as powerfully €“ in Joel Schumacher€™s 1995 Batman Forever (As far as I€™m aware, at least, the 1986 Dark Knight Returns is the first time the €œBruce fell into the Batcave as a child€ scene was used €“ if anybody knows of it appearing before then, please let me know!).
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C.B. Jacobson pops up at What Culture every once in a while, and almost without fail manages to embarrass the site with his clumsy writing. When he's not here, he's making movies, or writing about them at http://buddypuddle.blogspot.com.