Alright Nolan, youíve finally won me over to Batman Begins, and in a big way. The movie still has that weird brown tint (almost like a muddy version of The Matrix green tint), but thatís just a piece of one thing this movie clearly hasÖ style. If you havenít yet, go download, check out, or hunt down the Batman Begins teaser that aired during the SuperBowl. The best high-res versions can be found here. Movie-List never gets enough credit.
Where the first couple of teasers were tepid, this is full of life, vision, and a firm grasp of what it is that people love about Batman. No, it isnít his codpiece, nor is it his neon clad boy wonder. Nolan has everything firing all at once in this teaser, perfect score, right mix of action, dialogue, and Christian Bale voice over. Speaking of Bale, he doesnít sound quite dark enough for Bats. Letís hope thatís his Brucie voice.
I canít help it though, now Iím just as excited about Batman Begins as everyone else. Zaphod may be missing a head or an arm, but Christopher Nolanís take on Batman looks like itís all there. I think Iím even starting to dig his dune buggy Batmobile.
Previewed by Joshua Tyler: 2005-01-13
A lot of people are really excited about Batman Begins and I guess I canít blame them. It is Batman after all, and with the beautiful way Spider-Man has been treated lately; Batfans are bound to be suffering from a bit of envy. Besides, aside from a weird pic or two of the Bat-dunebuggy Christopher Nolanís Dark Knight will be riding around in, it looks like this new direction for Batman is right on track, isnít it?
It sounds good but the first teaser just wasnít particularly inspiring. It looks soÖ starkÖ bland even. Granted, maybe Iím just used to being assaulted by the aural and visual train wreck of the last movie sporting the name ďBatmanĒ, but Nolanís version just looks so PLAIN! Burtonís Batman wasnít garish, but he did have a certain style. Thatís really a big part of what I expect from Americaís favorite man turned flying rodent.
The teaser raises questions about where Nolan is really going with this, and the few leaked shots of the Batsuit raise even more. Remember all those claims about how massively different this Batman would be? Back to basics right? Well the trailer is minimalist, but what about Bruce Wayneís suit? ItÖ hasnít changed. Ok, granted, the nipples are gone (which I guess is good) but aside from the absent Bat logo (which really ought to be there thank you) his outfit looks the same. Still leather, still black, still pointed ears. I had this weird idea that Batman would be going back to spandex. Maybe doing that means youíre contractually obligated to bring back Adam West. If so, then I guess writer/director Christopher Nolan made the right call going back with rubbery leather. At least this version looks a bit more flexible.
MPAA Rating: [ PG-13 ]
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Release Date: June 15, 2005
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Colin McFarlane
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Produced by: Larry J. Franco, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas
Written by: Christopher Nolan
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