The Movie Had a Sense of Humor
While obviously infinitely more serious than, say, Batman and Robin, Batman Begins still had some amusing lines and moments throughout, and at least Bruce Wayne was allowed to have a little fun with the whole being Batman thing. At least for a little while.
The Dark Knight had some dark humor from the Joker, but Batman himself was stuck in the midst of a full-on mope throughout. The Dark Knight Rises barely had a moment when the proceedings weren’t grimly serious. Sometimes it’s okay to just let Batman have some fun punching dudes and playing with his wonderful toys.
Gotham City Felt Unique
The Gotham City of Batman Begins is a fascinating mish-mash — part real-life Chicago, part steampunk fantasy, part Blade Runner dystopian slum. The Gotham of the later movies pretty much just looks like a regular, somewhat generic, modern-day American city. Considering how much time people spend talking about and obsessing over Gotham City in Batman movies, the city really ought to have some character I think.
What happened to the trains in the later movies?
I Kind of Love Scarecrow
I’ve always been a fan of minor comic book villains — the guys who aren’t necessarily threatening or really competent in any way, but just keep showing up because they’re assholes who don’t know when to quit. I’m the kind of guy who ranks Killer Moth and Firefly above The Joker on my list of favorite Batman villains.
Cillian Murphy is great as Scarecrow and I kind of love that his minor villain appears in all three Nolan Bat-films. So yeah, Batman Begins gets bonus points for having the most Scarecrow content.
This game is called “try to keep a straight face as Katie Holmes tries to act”.
It Has the Best Character Moments
With the exception of any scene involving Katie Holmes, I think Batman Begins features the best interplay between characters. There are so many great moments between Bruce and Gordon/Alfred/Lucius/Ras al Ghul. The scene where Bruce in his proto-Batman outfit holds a stapler to the back of Gordon’s head and tells him “now we’re two” may be my favorite of the entire trilogy. The “we fall, so that we can learn to get back up” scene between Alfred and Bruce after Stately Wayne Manor is burnt down? Brings a tear every time.
The other movies had their moments too of course, but the relationship between Bruce and Harvey Dent in the Dark Knight and Batman and Catwoman from Dark Knight Rises just weren’t as effective. Gordon, Alfred and Lucius of course all appeared in the sequels, but they didn’t seem to have as much to say or do.
So there you go, that’s why I think Batman Begins is the best Nolan Bat-movie. What about you folks? Which is your favorite? Is Batman Begins underrated or am I the wrongest guy in the history of wrongness?