The Bat Is Back

I have to admit that, when I first saw a trailer for Batman Begins, I thought to myself, “Dear God, why are they beating a dead franchise again?” Yes, I grew up watching re-runs of the Adam West Batman series (BANG! Zap!), and I’ve derived a lot of entertainment from the 1966 Batman movie. I thought the 1989 Batman from Tim Burton was good, but, by the time we made it to Batman and Robin things were getting pretty ridiculous. So I was understandly nonplussed at the idea of yet another Batman movie. I mean, how many more comic book villains did he possibly have left to go through?

But, no, this time they managed it. With an all-star cast and a plot that managed to explain several of the questions I’d always had about superheroes in general and Batman in particular. (“Just how do these guys get all this equipment without anyone noticing?”) This is not to say that there weren’t problems with the film. This brings me to spoilers, which I will be disguising below. If you’d like to read them, highlight what appears to be empty space and my thoughts will appear through the magic of CSS. Except when I haven’t bothered to transfer that CSS over into a new theme.

The biggest issue I had with the film–and, for the most part, it was a non-issue–was the microwave emitter. I watched the scene with the two thugs who sneak onboard the ship, thinking to myself, “Man, that job’s got to suck. They’re going to turn it on and get fried.” But this did not happen. Because in Gotham, microwaves only affect water that’s not part of a human being. If the movie weren’t so good in other respects, I wouldn’t have been able to get past that. But since this movie managed to delve into the actual character of Batman and turn him into a three-dimensional being, I can forgive them.

As with most comic-book movies, the acting was not exceptional, but it was respectable. Michael Caine made a wonderful Alfred; Christian Bale looked good in the mask; and Cillian Murphy was really quite creepy as Dr. Crane/Scarecrow–I think it’s in the eyes.

The absolutely most important thing, though? It made me want a Batmobile. And I can’t even drive stick.

1 Responses to “The Bat Is Back”

  • Interesting review. In fact, that human-water criticism of yours didn’t ever cross my mind! *blush* But now that you mentioned it, it really makes me go, “duh!”

    I liked the movie, a lot. And that really says something, seeing as I haven’t ever been interested in Batman and have only seen “Batman & Robin” of all Batman films… which, not surprisingly, didn’t really impress me. 😉

    Plus, Christian Bale in this one. Yeah.

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