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After the taut little thrillers
, director Christopher Nolan spread his wings with the gloriously epic reboot for the Batman character. It's a distinctly classy comic-book yarn and Christian Bale imbues the Caped Crusader with beguiling dignity - even in silly pointy ears. Nolan does away with the hyper-stylised visuals imprinted on the franchise by Tim Burton and the knockabout comedy baddies subsequently employed by Joel Schumacher. Instead, he offers a darker, more gripping psychological portrait of Bruce Wayne and his painful evolution into Batman. Bursts of adrenaline-pumping action relieve all the brooding, although the plot sometimes creaks under the strain of so much going on. It also lacks a truly terrifying villain, but a sterling cast (including Liam Neeson, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman) stands persuasively for lofty ideals as a climate of fear threatens to bring down Gotham City.
swoops you up and doesn't let go till the end. Nolan's scintillating sequel,
The Dark Knight
, was released in 2008.
Billionaire Bruce Wayne travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice, consumed with rage over his parents' murder. Trained by a secret society, he hones his fighting skills and returns to his home city of Gotham on a mission to rid it of crime and corruption in the guise of a masked vigilante. Comic-book adventure, exploring the origins of the Dark Knight, with Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Gary Oldman and Katie Holmes.
Cast & Crew
Bruce Wayne / Batman
Alfred the butler
Detective Sergeant James Gordon
Dr Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
Ra's al Ghul
Dr Thomas Wayne
Mark Boone Junior
May be edited for violence.
DVD and Blu-ray
16 Jun 2005
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