It seems that since the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises many people have come out to admit they believed Batman Begins was superior to both the third film and the second (more commercially successful) The Dark Knight. Many people would contend that they have "always" felt this way, but it's not my place to disagree with the duration of their own opinions. Regardless, it's interesting to see that there hasn't been a review of this film yet. I personally think it's hypocritical to dislike Ang Lee's Hulk while praising this film as they both focus on the psychology of the lead characters. It's difficult to me to say what Batman Begins did better (especially saying I enjoyed both films). If I had to guess then perhaps it's that focus on realism that makes BB more appealing (Batman seems like he could actually exist). Batman is a character you can take seriously and realistically, the only character who can come close to Batman in this regard was Ironman. I'd say Ra's Al Ghul was a good choice for a starter villain, some one close to Batman's own origin who could compete with him physically. Scare Crow was also portrayed effectively, his fear gas resembled what we've seen on the cartoons and comics. Despite Dr. Crane's "lack" of realism relative to Ra's, Joker, or Bane he is fairly ineffective as an opponent. I liked Katie Holmes better as Rachel Dawes, get that out of the way. Overall I'd say this movie was good as an origin movie but beyond that it needs the sequels to be fully appreciated. Alone it doesn't have the same stakes or lasting impact that TDK or even TDKR had. Batman Begins is really just about Batman, which isn't a bad thing so much as it narrows the viewing audience of the film.
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