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  • Approval of God: Tim Burton mentioned that he saw a tape of the film and called it “very touching and “very good”
  • The Cast Showoff: Notice how Ducard tends to go into boxing stances when fighting bare handed? Liam Neeson trained as a boxer in his teens.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Christian Bale's active dislike of his uncomfortable Batman outfit helped his performance as the Dark Knight as he was perpetually in a foul mood when wearing it.
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  • Inspiration for the Work: Christopher Nolan cited Superman as an inspiration, in its focus on depicting the character's growth. Storywise, the film drew inspiration from The Man Who Falls and The Long Halloween.
  • No Stunt Double: Although Christian Bale performed many of his own stunts, he wasn't allowed anywhere near the Batmobile.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • This is specifically why Liam Neeson was chosen to be Ra's al Ghul, because they thought it would shock fans that Liam was the true villain.
    • Conversely, playing Commissioner Gordon (as well as Sirius Black the year before) allowed Gary Oldman the rare chance to play a more heroic and upstanding character than the usual villains he had portrayed up until that point.
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  • Scully Box: An unforeseen problem with the ninja training academy was that Liam Neeson towered over the rest of the men. This was swiftly solved by putting most of the ninjas on wooden blocks.
  • Star-Making Role:
    • Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. While American Psycho was a cult hit, this was 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.
  • Underage Casting: Rachel Dawes is an assistant district attorney despite her actress Katie Holmes being 26 years old and looking to be about 23.
    • To top this, according to the original script Rachel is supposed to be some two or three years older than Bruce Wayne, 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.
    • In The Dark Knight, the role of Rachel is recast with 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 Bale's Bruce Wayne and the even older Aaron Eckhart's Harvey Dent.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • 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, at 10:47 PM; 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.
    • This would also place the events of The Dark Knight in early 2008, as it takes place a year after Begins, and Rises, since that's set eight years after TDK, would be taking place in 2016.


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