Look, lets be honest here: this is the internet, and Batman Begins is the first installment in Christopher Nolans ridiculously successful (oh, just two billion worldwide) Batman trilogy, about possibly the the coolest comic book superhero of all time. Odds are that there isnt anything you dont know about Batman Begins already. But then, you probably wouldnt be likely to read an article titled 20 Things You Probably Already Know About Batman Begins, But Well Pretend That You Dont, would you? So anyway even with Christopher Nolans 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 real 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. Heres a few things you might not know
20. Bruce Falling Into The Batcave Is A Nod To 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 its clearly inspired by Frank Millers Dark Knight Returns." Books like Millers own Year One and Jeph Loeb and Tim Sales The Long Halloween arguably play a much bigger role in inspiring the Nolan series at least until we get to the third film but Millers Batman magnum opus has become the cultural touchstone, the book that even people who dont read comics know is that dark Batman comic." There are, to be fair, a few little nods to "TDKR" in Nolans 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. Its 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 came up with this traumatic experience that happens to Bruce." In point of fact, its a moment taken directly from Dark Knight Returns, where its a scarring experience for young Bruce Wayne. A similar scenario also played out arguably not nearly as powerfully in Joel Schumachers 1995 Batman Forever (As far as Im aware, at least, the 1986 Dark Knight Returns is the first time the Bruce fell into the Batcave as a child scene was used if anybody knows of it appearing before then, please let me know!).
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.