It had been 8 years since we last saw Batman on film.
This time, Christopher Nolan is in the director's seat and Christian Bale took up the mantle of Batman. I still remember watching the trailer for Batman Begins on TV during the NFL Draft in 2005. I had no clue from the start of the trailer that Batman was coming back to theaters. It wasn't until the flock of bats and Bale running in the batsuit that my jaw literally dropped to the floor. It was a dark, serious tone throughout the trailer, which was unexpected after the films in the mid to late 90's. Those were a bit over the top and campy. I don't hate them, but I don't love them.
Christian Bale as Batman came at the right time. The world and fans all over the world needed a more serious approach to Bruce Wayne/Batman. Even though Nolan's intent wasn't to follow the comics. It felt like a comic book movie to me personally. How Bruce Wayne became Batman was something we've never seen before. His training up to when he put on the cowl. That part of the film is what interests me the most. They did a good job showing Bruce going through trials and tribulations to overcome his fears and learn how criminals operate. Copying, mimicking pick pockets and stealing fruit. Then he graduates up to stolen goods and weapons, ones with his name on the box(Wayne Enterprises).
When we see Batman in action for the first time. He grapples down and pulls up a dirty cop who goes by Flass(Mark Boone Junior AKA Bobby from SOA). The anger Batman projected at Detective Flass was down right "crap your pants" type of encounter. The batsuit was a bit bulky but it looked intimidating as all get out. We have never seen a batsuit like that EVER in cinema. The new Batmobile was more tank then the usual stealth whip that Batman has prefered. The Tumbler was a fresh, modern take on the vehicle. It makes total sense to have a vehicle that is basically bullet proof and can drive through walls and buildings.
The villain Ducard(Liam Neeson) was one of the bright spots of the film. He literally trained Bruce Wayne into Batman, without Ducard aware of Bruce's true goal-Become something bigger, a symbol. Then, Dr.Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow(Cillian Murphy) comes onto the scene and creates trouble for Batman with his first go around as Gotham's vigilante hero. The talented Ken Watanabe played Ra's Al Ghul perfectly, you couldn't ask for anyone better.
The performances and everything involved i found to be spot on. The ending of this film left fans screaming for more. The dark, gritty, realistic tone of this film really sent shockwaves through hollywood and with fans alike. To this day the film is still criticized unfairly for that matter The photo below is when Detective Gordon and Batman meet on top of GCPD's roof. Gordon tells Batman about a criminal who has a taste for the theatrical. Gordon then hands Batman a piece of evidence-A Joker card from a deck of cards. Boom-THE END. They really couldn't have ended that movie any better.
This film really shows that if you put your mind and body into something greater. Amazing things can come your way. It's hard to believe it's already been a decade since Batman Begins arrived. Now with BvS and Ben Affleck as Batman. You can say Affleck has some pretty big shoes to fill. In my opinion, Batfleck will do an outstanding job. Dudes got the chops and strength to put his own take on the best superhero ever-The goddamn Batman.