I was thoroughly surprised by it. I wasn't expecting it to be better than the first one directed by Tim Burton, but it blows that version away! I'll probably see it again. Hopefully they stay true to the comic/animated series and bring back Ras Al Gul in the next one since he's technically immortal. If you liked Batman Begins, check out the animated Batman movie - 'Mask of the Phantasm.' There are quite a few flashbacks in the film to when Bruce was becoming Batman. Phantasm isn't in any way related to Batman Begins, but I thought I'd put in a plug for the BEST animated series EVER MADE, that is before they made it Batman & Robin - The Animated Series in the mid/late 90's.
I'm looking forward to seeing this one, it looks fantastic.
Christian Bale was in the year above me at school, after he did Empire of the Sun he used to get a LOT of attention from the girls school round the corner while he waited at the bus stop. Lucky sod
Like you say though, Nick, he does choose his roles very carefully and you certainly can't accuse him of taking the fast-track route to success. He reminds me a little of Johnny Depp in terms of the unusual roles he tends to go for.
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Originally posted by AMD Guy wrathchild_67
I second your opinion on the animated Batman. OUTSTANDING television. Better than most movies. Mask of the Phantasm was also a very good movie, animated or not.
Batman Begins is outstanding. Christian Bale is perfect. Watched it with my kids and was stunned to see so many of our favorite actors in supporting rolls.
Now that the DVDs of the first three seasons are out, everyone should at least rent them from your preferred rental source. In hindsight, I can't believe Fox marketed this animated series to kids (the show aired right after school) since it was the most adult cartoon I'd ever seen. If future Batman movies pull from the animated series, I can't see them steering wrong provided the director and cast & production team doesn't change.
Originally posted by MuFu Spiderman, yep. He has superman powers, whereas Batman is just an angry guy in a rubber suit.
Spiderman isn't anywhere near as strong as Superman (this was even decided in 1976 with a Marvel/DC crossover with Spiderman fighting Superman). Batman has the edge with intelligence but he loses in speed and strength. But you never know how far Batman's smarts can get him. That's one aspect of the new Batman movie that wasn't portrayed- Batman's superior detective skills and intellect. In the Justice League Unlimited cartoons, he's practically the smartest guy out of the whole consortium of heroes. That may be a stretch, but not by much in terms of the comics.