* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Is Rachel Dawes meant to be portrayed as a strong crusader of justice or a blind idealist in over her head? While the former seems to be the interpretation most fans ''wanted'', the writing and Holmes' acting enforce the latter.
** The CEO who takes over Wayne Enterprises after Thomas & Martha's deaths can fall victim to this. Is he a {{Jerkass}} RegentForLife for refusing to hand the company over to Bruce; or is he justified in not handing the company over to Bruce, as young Master Wayne was pronounced dead ''several years ago'' and has no experience in the business world? Indeed, none of Bruce's [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob public behavior]] lends itself to implying he's responsible enough to run the company.
** The film itself isn't wholly clear on whether Joe Chill is a SympatheticMurderer: besides that his desperation was driving him, was the reason he couldn't look an adult Bruce in the eyes a sign of his penitence, just plain cowardice, or a mixture? And did he really claim that Thomas Wayne "Begged. Like a dog", or was that simply Falcone cruelly twisting the knife to try and break Bruce's resolve? On the flipside, the film does make clear that while Bruce's inability to forgive him isn't wrong, his attempt at ''vengeance'' for catharsis isn't an acceptable option.
** "I won't kill you, [[spoiler:but I don't have to save you." Justified loophole to Batman's one rule, or a cruel decision that equals the same as murder?]]
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Rachel Dawes. Is she the moral center of the film and justified in [[spoiler:not dating Bruce until his time as Batman is done]], or is she a preachy character who seems to be in love with an idealization of Bruce, not the real man (and vice versa – Bruce is in love with an idealization of Rachel but not the woman herself)? This only upped with ''The Dark Knight''.
* CriticalDissonance: Despite an overall Website/RottenTomatoes approval rating of 85%, ''Batman Begins'' holds a rather mixed percentage of 62% from the site's Top Critics (i.e., main news publications and magazines), with critics jarred by the serious tone of the film (although some, like Creator/RogerEbert, gave the film rave reviews). Since then, however, the film has become highly regarded in light of the genre becoming more respected within the industry, particularly once people saw what ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' built on top of the foundation of ''Begins''.
* DesignatedHero: As ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'' pointed out, Bruce commits a lot of crimes in his pursuit of justice, including arson (burning down the League of Shadows dojo), vigilante interrogation, property damage (the aforementioned dojo arson, as well as many cars and buildings with the Tumbler), manslaughter (the people that died in the fire, including the [[spoiler: fake Ra's Al Ghul]], and MurderByInaction (leaving [[spoiler: the real Ra's Al Ghul for dead]]). This is something that is thankfully rectified in the sequels.
* DesignatedVillain: William Earle, the Wayne Enterprises CEO. As [[http://www.centives.net/S/2012/the-ceo-wayne-enterprises-deserves/ Centives this article discusses]], most of the business decisions he makes during the film are perfectly legitimate, he seems to honestly care for the Wayne family but balances it with intelligent business management, and we have no evidence he's helping the villains or doing anything else illegal. However, he's doing things with the company that the Waynes would not have, so he's treated as an antagonist. The one objectively wrong thing he does is fire Fox, taunt him over it, and try to cover up the paper trail linking the stolen microwave emitter to Wayne Enterprises.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Joe Chill seems to get this a lot, with many saying he deserves sympathy points for not actively ''enjoying'' his needless murder of a boy's parents in front of him, even going so far as to call the deaths an ''accident.'' Even ''if'' that could apply to Thomas, which, granted, is debatable, Martha's death was anything but unintentional.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Cillian Murphy's chilling performance as Dr. Jonathan Crane is widely considered to be the best thing about the film – and he's many filmgoers' favorite villain of the trilogy, or even the Batman franchise as a whole!
* FightSceneFailure: Watching this film after its two sequels (and ''Film/{{Inception}}''), it's glaringly obvious that Christopher Nolan was still getting the hang of doing fight scenes. The major action sequences are okay for the most part, but the early fight between Bruce and the League of Shadows is quite awkwardly shot and edited.
* GeniusBonus: In this version of Batman's origin story, the reason young Bruce and his parents are in central Gotham on the night the latter get shot, is to see an opera. The opera is Mefistofele, and since the story of this opera concerns the battle by between good and evil for a man's soul, it's eerily prescient. In the film, young Bruce – scared of the devil costumes and intense music – asks to be taken outside, where his parents are promptly mugged and killed. Therefore, the ideas of demons, death, and illusion are firmly linked in the boy's mind from then on.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** The origin story of Batman in this film (and the comics) is already pretty dark. It becomes even more dark [[LifeImitatesArt after the shooting at the AMC theater in Aurora, Colorado]].
** Creator/LiamNeeson's character talking about the loss of his wife. Up in the mountains. [[FreudianExcuse And that it turned him evil]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** While exploring an underground cave, Bruce wears a bright, circular light on his chest. [[Film/IronMan Sorta like a later billionaire turned superhero…]][[note]]And then he builds his suit ''in a cave! With a box of scraps!''[[/note]]
** The same Liam Neeson quote above can also become funny in hindsight if taking the wording into account.
--->'''Ducard''': Once I had a wife… my great love… she was ''{{Film/taken}}'' from me.
** Gordon admiring the Batmobile becomes extra funny if you consider that Creator/GaryOldman's character in ''Film/HarryPotter'' owns a flying motorcycle.
** Nine years later, [[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie Batman]] would again fight a KnightTemplar voiced by Creator/LiamNeeson.
** Bruce's pretend-drunken rant mentions [[Film/TheDarkKnight "two-faced friends" that "smile through their teeth"]].
* MagnificentBastard: This iteration of ComicBook/RasAlGhul, BigBad Henry Ducard, is every bit as magnificent as his original counterpart and a major figure in Bruce Wayne's transformation to ComicBook/{{Batman}}. [[KnightTemplar Ruthlessly devoted to a world free of corruption]], Ducard sets the eyes of his League of Shadows on the city of Gotham, which he sees as disgustingly decadent. Taking advantage of greedy drug-runners, Ducard uses flowers by the mountain of the League's base to synthesize a powerful hallucinogenic that [[MindRape gives nightmarish visions]], intending to use it to destroy Gotham. Keeping his plan hidden from the city police and Batman for much of the film, Ducard has his men steal a water vaporizer and infects the hydro lines with his toxin in preparation for making the chemical airborne and causing the civilians to tear the city apart. Burning Wayne Manor to the ground, Ducard loads his device onto a fake SWAT truck, releasing the inmates of Arkham and his fear toxin on the Narrows island, overwhelming the police force before trying to use Gotham's monorail to infect the city's main water supply and cause chaos throughout it. Although facing clear death after being defeated by Batman, Ducard nevertheless chooses to [[FaceDeathWithDignity calmly accept his fate]] and his influence still lingers as his [[VillainousLegacy daughter returns to finish his work]].
* MemeticMutation: After ''Series/GameOfThrones'' started, it's now popular to yell at Batman for not letting Joffrey die.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** [[spoiler:The League Of Shadows crosses this upon actually dispersing Crane's fear toxin. Their claims earlier on that Gotham was beyond saving could have been interpreted as a SecretTestOfCharacter, and if not, there was nothing in the movie that could rule out them being convinced otherwise… and then when they explained their means of destroying it, there was nothing to rule out that they could have been talked out of THAT. But once they actually went through with said means of destruction, they were definitely beyond redemption like they claimed Gotham to be.]]
** Falcone crosses it by having a female assassin disguised as a reporter ice Joe Chill and, when Bruce Wayne confronts him about it, [[WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied taunts him about the]] [[RelativeButton death of his parents]] before eighty-sixing him. When Bruce returns as the Batman, the special treatment he accords to Falcone (using him as a prototype Bat Signal) is satisfying.
** Chill gunning down Martha Wayne simply for screaming, and the murder of the Waynes in general; while the film still works to humanise him somewhat, it also makes clear that his actions ''are'' unforgivable and even Chill himself openly acknowledges this.
* NarmCharm: Shane Rimmer's lines [[MrExposition as a water technician]] as Ra's Al Ghul's train hurtles towards him are perhaps the clunkiest and worst-written in the entire franchise. Fans of Podcast/RiffTrax can almost hear Mike say "got that audience?" in the background. Nevertheless, he puts the required effort into them, and the audience feels happy when he survives.
-->'''Old Water Technician:''' The pressure's coming straight for the main hub under Wayne Tower, and if that pressure reaches us, the whole water supply, right across the city is gonna blow!
-->'''Old Water Technician:''' Evacuate the building. We're right on top of the main hub, and it's gonna blow!
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** The Scarecrow attempting to poison Gotham's water supply with fear gas? He also tried that in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Dreams in Darkness".
** Scarecrow seeing a demon Batman [[spoiler:after being dosed on his own fear gas]] also happened in ''Batman: TAS'', specifically his debut, "Nothing to Fear".
* OneSceneWonder: "[[http://fav.me/d2u9fk6 Demon Batman]]", that is, [[spoiler:Batman from the POV of a fear-gassed Crane.]]
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Definitely better than most and it had some very unique and innovative ideas for a LicensedGame (not to mention full participation from its AllStarCast), but it was still considered average at best. On the bright side, it went on to greatly inspire the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', which averts this in every way possible.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Take a close look at the little kid who talks to Batman, and who Rachel saves from the Scarecrow. Poor little Creator/JackGleeson, you have no idea how much people are going to hate [[Series/GameOfThrones a certain future character of yours]].
*** Which is how we now know [[MemeticMutation Batman is responsible for Eddard Stark's death]].
** Creator/LinusRoache, who played Thomas Wayne, would go on to play [[Series/LawAndOrder Michael Cutter]].
** Mark Boone Junior, who played Detective Flass, went on to play to play [[Series/SonsOfAnarchy Bobby Munson]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: One major complaint about this movie is how the Scarecrow was treated. Despite being built up as a major threat, he [[spoiler:gets gassed by Batman and is last seen in the movie getting Tased by Rachel]].
* WTHCastingAgency:
** Jonathan Crane is traditionally portrayed as a lanky, ugly man (That's even where the name comes from!), so having pretty boy Cillian Murphy play him can be jarring for comic fans. However, it works and arguably Crane's insanity is even more disturbing when covered up by a pretty face.
** Katie Holmes as Rachel. Not that she does a bad job per se, but rather that she looks way too young to sell the hardened career woman seeking justice that she's supposed to be. After all, Rachel is supposed to be around 30, but in 2005, Holmes was still in her mid-20s.
** Averted with Creator/LiamNeeson as Henri Ducard/[[spoiler: Ra's Al Ghul.]] Liam Neeson already fit the mentor type due to usually playing good guys, [[spoiler: but gets a chance to show off his abilities to play the villain after TheReveal]].
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