* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** 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.
** Depending on how you interpret some of Scarecrow's dialogue, he could be a case of EvenEvilHasStandards. When Falcone says there's "an answer" to idealistic prosecutors, Crane says he doesn't want to know. Is it indignation, or just fear of the potential consequences of knowing that information? When Ducard says that Crane thought the league's plan was to hold Gotham to ransom, does this mean he wouldn't have supported genocide, or that he only got involved because he saw something in it for him?
*** In answer to the first question, it is a pretty clear case of him covering his own ass. If he knows what Falcone intends to do to Rachel, then he is also an accessory to that crime. If he does not, he can claim that he though Falcone was just going to threaten her or something. That's why Falcone says "Yes you do. [Want to know]" He knows what Crane's up to, and wants him to share the risk.
*** "Yes you do" means that he recognizes that Crane is a {{Sadist}}. On the one hand Crane is GenreSavvy enough to know that the less he knows about what happens to Rachel Dawes, the less he has to lie about it later; on the other hand, Crane is a sick bastard who hates her and the idea that she died some horrible death makes him smile.
** 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? Is he a {{Jerkass}} for firing Lucius Fox, or is he simply cutting costs by ditching a division that's losing them money? See InformedWrongness below as well.
** And, perhaps most of all, whether Joe Chill genuinely meant it when he claimed to regret shooting Bruce's parents. Falcone claims Chill told him Thomas "begged like a dog", but is he to be believed?
* BaseBreaker: 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 a preachy PuritySue 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''.
** It doesn't help that she's apparently meant to be a tough, crusading career woman but due to Katie Holmes feeling more like a high school cheerleader trying to hang out with the big kids, Rachel ends up feeling more like a naive twit who's in way over her head.
* BrokenBase: "I won't kill you, [[spoiler:but I don't have to save you." Justified loophole to Batman's one rule, or cruel decision that equals the same as murder?]]
* CriticalDissonance[=/=]VindicatedByHistory: 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, 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''.
* DesignatedLoveInterest: The general opinion towards Rachel Dawes.
* DesignatedHero: Batman's recklessness could rival Superman's in ''Film/ManOfSteel.'' His best solution to preventing an execution in the League of Shadows was to set the dojo on fire, killing [[spoiler: the fake Ra's Al Ghul and god knows how many other people]], he causes a lot of collateral damage with the Tumbler, and he [[spoiler: intentionally leaves Ra's Al Ghul for dead rather than arresting him]]. This is especially jarring, because the Batman in this film claimed to have a ThouShaltNotKill rule. This is something that thankfully gets better in ''Film/TheDarkKnight.''
* 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. The one wrong thing he does is fire Fox and try to cover up the paper trail linking the stolen microwave emitter to Wayne Enterprises, but that alone doesn't justify Bruce's decision to fire him without telling him.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Minor example. Many people are well aware of the odd, almost memetic, gravelly voice Christian Bale uses when Wayne is in his Batman persona. It's very pronounced in the two sequels, but if you watch this film, you'll see that Bale hardly uses the gravelly voice at all! He mostly only speaks in a slight whisper.
* 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.
* FirstInstallmentWins: Inverted; the movie's two sequels were what drew attention to ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.
** Played straight for those who felt underwhelmed by the sequels' lacks of gritty atmosphere that was noticable in the Begins.
* GeniusBonus: In the film's 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}} 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"]].
* 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 he returns as the Batman, the special treatment he accords to Falcone (using him as a prototype Bat Signal) is satisfying.
* 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]].
** Linus Roache, 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]].
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Well, it's actually more a case of bad lines than bad film (the film itself happens to be a good start to a perfect trilogy), but 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!''
* WTHCastingAgency:
** Jonathan Crane is traditionally portrayed as a lanky, ugly man, 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 early 20s.
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