Trivia: Batman Begins

  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: At least one critic, noting that the movie makes reference to a (fictional) "depression", and perhaps also remembering the origin of the Batman character, believed that in Batman Begins Bruce was a child sometime in the 1930s...which, of course, would mean that he became Batman (in this continuity) in the mid-1950s at the latest, which is obviously not true. The parody of this movie on The Simpsons, Bartman Begins, ran with this by having the story be set blatantly in the '30s.
  • Dawson Casting: Curiously zigzagged. Played straight in the case of Christian Bale for college-aged Bruce, and (ironically) inverted in the case of Katie Holmes as present-time Rachel (the character is supposed to be around 30, but Holmes was still in her early 20's in 2005).
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Christian Bale had to quickly bulk up after his incredible weight loss for The Machinist. He succeeded in packing on the muscle in a short amount of time and discovered that he actually overdid it (making him look too bulky and stout for a character that has to be quick on his feet) and had to slim back down during production. Compare how he looks during the training montage at Ra's Al Ghul's compound and during his shirtless scenes later in the movie to see just how much he had to lose.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Star-Making Role:
    • Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. While American Psycho was a cult hit, Batman Begins is the film that made him a bona-fide star.
    • Cillian Murphy was already well-liked by critics and fans of indie films, but this movie (along with Red Eye) gave him an almighty shove out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
  • Under Age Casting: Katie Holmes played an assistant district attorney despite being 26 years old and looking to be about 23. She should still be in law school by all accounts. Aside from that, she was romantically involved with Christian Bale who is older by a decent amount.
    • To top this, according to the original script Holmes's character is supposed to be some two or three years older than Bale's, to justify her being an intern at the DA office when he's still an undergrad. In real life, Bale is some five years older than Katie Holmes.
    • If she'd gone to law school straight out of college, she'd have graduated at 24 or 25. The only thing unlikely given her youth and inexperience is that she'd be handling cases—especially major, high-profile ones—on her own, but she'd still be able to work in the DA's office. It's not as much a stretch as other examples.
    • In The Dark Knight, she is replaced by Maggie Gyllenhaal who appears only slightly older than Holmes (indeed, she is a year older). In that film, she was still the assistant DA in a love triangle between the aforementioned Bale and the even older Aaron Eckhart's Harvey Dent.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The numerous proposals for a fifth Batman film that were bandied about for the better part of a decade, before Warner Bros. settled on a Continuity Reboot instead. See this page for more information.
    • The Wachowskis were given the choice of directing this movie or their sequels to The Matrix.
  • Word of God: Going by Word of God, comics canon, and the novelization, the Nolanverse Bruce Wayne was born on February 19, 1977 (1980 in the novelization); his parents were killed on June 26, 1988; their killer is killed and Bruce himself begins his seven-year odyssey on February 20, 2000; Henri Ducard discovered Bruce in early 2006; his training with the League of Shadows went on for about a year, culminating in the final test on January 17, 2007; Bruce boards a plane back to Gotham on January 21, 2007, arriving the next day; the film's story picks up on February 1, 2007, as Crane recommends that Victor Zsasz be moved to Arkham; the Batman makes his first appearance and serves up Carmine Falcone on Valentine's Day, with the case against Falcone going forward the next day; Falcone is driven insane on the 17th, and the Batman is poisoned by Crane that night; the climax takes place on February 19, 2007; Lucius Fox becomes the CEO of Wayne Enterprises the next day... and the final scene takes place on December 1, 2007.