Improving the Foundations: Batman Begins from Comics to Screen

Improving the Foundations: Batman Begins from Comics to Screen

Julian Darius

Language: English

Pages: 264

ISBN: 1466214325

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Improving the Foundations: Batman Begins from Comics to Screen

Julian Darius

Language: English

Pages: 264

ISBN: 1466214325

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This definitive, unauthorized study of Christopher Nolan's landmark 2005 film demonstrates how BATMAN BEGINS adapted and fused a half century of comic books into a single, unified movie. This book also examines past attempts to film Batman's origins, how those origins evolved over time, and where Nolan's realism falls on a spectrum with past Batman movies and even the 1960s TV show. Dr. Julian Darius manages to reveal secrets to even the most hardcore Batman fan, while remaining fully accessible to those new to the character. From Sequart Research & Literacy Organization. More info at http://Sequart.org

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structural device employed in the previous stories, where some mystery in the present triggers a flashback, but actually offers the entire mini-series as a kind of sequel to “The First Batman” from Detective Comics #235, published nearly a quarter century earlier. The series opens in the present, as Batman receives a package in the mail containing the shredded remains of the prototype “Bat-Man” costume his father had once worn. Of course, this costume had been on display in the Batcave ever

beyond its genre conventions. “Do not go to the theatre thinking that this is a comic book movie; this is nothing of the sort,” wrote Asadullah. “This is an action / drama that just so happens to use a comic book entity.” The film premiered for the celebrity audience in L.A. on Monday, 6 June, and film critics were given advance screenings. Film reviewers Roger Ebert and Richard Roper praised the film prior to its opening, giving it two enthusiastic thumbs up. Ebert said the film was “one

story was given to Nolan by DC as he was formulating his plans for the movie. While Nolan’s film ignores much of the story, its central motif did show up in the film’s own falling theme, as evident in Thomas Wayne’s dialogue after Bruce falls into the cave and Alfred’s repetition of this dialogue later in the film. For this reason, the story was collected in Batman Begins: The Movie & Other Tales of the Dark Knight, a comics collection offered in conjunction with the film. Before we can begin

Robin has been kidnapped – and his captor clearly knows the dual identities of both heroes. As he begins the hunt for his captive partner, Batman is further shocked by the unexpected appearance, in his own Batcave, of a mysterious gentleman calling himself Ra’s al Ghul and his servant Ubu. Ra’s explains he has deduced Batman’s other identity by tracking what wealthy individual had purchased over the years all the equipment Batman would need.38 Ra’s has reason to intrude on Batman’s privacy: his

though in the character’s defense his environmentalist motivation went beyond simple exploitation. Far worse Arab stereotypes, often terrorists, appeared in film and comics throughout the 1980s and 1990s.43 However, in the wake of September 11, such stereotyping has become politically incorrect and a cause for protest. A historically rare response to such an attack, the official line has been that Islamic terrorists are the targets of the War on Terror, not all Muslims and not all Arabs; such

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