We're now firmly entrenched in the DCEU, and Batman is set to make his next silver screen appearance when Justice League debuts later this year on November 17, but sometimes it's important to look back. As hard as it is to believe, it has already been five years Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy came to an end with The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan's impact on the superhero genre as a whole cannot be overstated, and it all traces back to his early work on the groundbreaking Batman Begins in 2005.

There are plenty of reasons to love each installment in The Dark Knight trilogy, but in my eyes, nothing can compete with Batman Begins. A box office hit in the pre-superhero blockbuster era, Christopher Nolan's first foray into Gotham City, continues to stand out as one of his best works twelve years later, and we have compiled a list of reasons why it's the best installment in the entire Dark Knight saga. We have quite a few important points to get to, so let's get started with one of Batman Begins' defining scenes: the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne.

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It Features The Best On-Screen Death Of The Waynes

First and foremost, Batman Begins unquestionably features the best live-action depiction of the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne. It's a sequence fraught with tension, and it sells the trauma Bruce suffers at the hands of Joe Chill better than any other sequence in any other Batman movie. Aside from simply standing out as a great sequence, the scene also showcases that Batman Begins understands The Caped Crusader's origins and tension better than any other installment in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Compared to what Zack Snyder delivered at the beginning of Batman V Superman, it's a total work of art.

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