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Batman Begins (2005)

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Tomatometer: 84%
Adjusted Score: 81.4
Editor's Note
How best to continue a once-successful film franchise after it's gone down a rabbit hole of campy dialogue and cartoonish plots? The answer to this question was "Batman Begins," which traded director Joel Schumacher -- whose "Batman & Robin" seemed to sound the cinematic death knell for the once-Dark Knight -- for Christopher Nolan, who had recently wowed critics and audiences alike with "Memento." In returning to Batman's genesis, Nolan stripped away the years of abuse that had been heaped upon Bruce Wayne's alter ego; in securing the services of Christian Bale, the director gave Batman his most compelling screen persona since Michael Keaton. Critics were sufficiently impressed with Nolan's back-to-basics approach, and sent "Batman Begins" all the way to an impressive 84 percent on the Tomatometer; in addition, audiences turned out in droves.

Critical Consensus
Brooding and dark, but also exciting and smart, Batman Begins is a film that understands the essence of one of the definitive superheroes.


Synopsis
Genius of mystery and intrigue Christopher Nolan (MEMENTO, FOLLOWING, INSOMNIA) helms this prequel to the Batman films based on the DC Comics series, explaining how Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale)--the billionaire...


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