BATMAN BEGINS

Studio: Warner Brothers

Cast: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Gary Oldman as Lt. James Gordon, Ken Watanabe as Ra’s Al Ghul, Katie Holmes as Rachel Dodson, Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow, Tom Wilkinson as Carmine Falcone, Rutger Hauer as Richard Earle, Sara Stewart as Martha Wayne, Richard Brake as Joe Chill, Gus Lewis as Young Bruce Wayne, Emma Lockhart as Young Rachel Dawes and Linus Roache as Dr. Thomas Wayne

Crew: Christopher Nolan (director); Bob Kane (original characters); David S. Goyer (story and co-writer); Christopher Nolan (co-writer); Larry J. Franco, Charles Roven and Emma Thomas (producers); Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan (executive producers); Cheryl A. Tach (associate producer)

Synopsis:
Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful.

He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

Official Websites:

U.S. Release Web Site
batmanbegins.warnerbros.com

UK Release Web Site
http://wwws.warnerbros.co.uk/batmanbegins/

Trailers:

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Quicktime Trailer
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SuperBowl Spot
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Also a wide selection of trailer links in various formats HERE

Release Dates: JUNE 17, 2005

Genre: ACTION / CRIME / FANTASY / THRILLER / ADVENTURE

Other Info:

NEWS
3/20/2005 The folks over at Comic Book Resources have gotten an exclusive first peek at the new poster for Batman Begins. The film explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham City. Christian Bale stars as the Caped Crusader; Michael Caine plays his trusted butler Alfred; Gary Oldman as Lieutenant James Gordon, a detective on the Gotham police force; Katie Holmes as a childhood friend of Wayne’s; Liam Neeson as Wayne’s mentor, Henri Ducard; Ken Watanabe as the villainous Ra’s Al Ghul; and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, a former board member and sidelined employee of Wayne Enterprises. Christopher Nolan, who directed Memento, helmed the film.

Film Fetish trivia:
Just a few days before the role of Batman was cast, eight actors were asked to audition for the part. The actors were Christian Bale, Joshua Jackson, Eion Bailey, Hugh Dancy, Billy Crudup, Cillian Murphy, Henry Cavill and Jake Gyllenhaal. Christian Bale got the part. But Christopher Nolan liked Cillian Murphy’s audition so much, he cast him as The Scarecrow.

This Batmobile was built from the ground up, not based on any existing cars.

The Batmobile can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6 seconds.

The license plates for the Gotham related cars were designed in the same style as the Illinois state license plates.

Before Christian Bale was cast as Batman, many other actors were considered for the role including Guy Pearce, Ashton Kutcher, David Boreanaz, John Cusack, David Duchovny and newcomer Hugh Dancy.

Baseball pitcher Dwight Gooden of NY Mets and Yankees fame plays a Gotham City police officer in the film

Before Christopher Nolan took over, director Darren Aronofsky was attached to make a Batman movie based on the graphic novel Batman: Year One and have the author and artist Frank Miller (Sin City) write the screenplay.

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