Batman Begins Movie Trailer

Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale in the title role, looks quite interesting. It's scheduled for release on June 17, 2005.

Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale in the title role, looks quite interesting. It’s scheduled for release on June 17, 2005.

Photo: Batman Begins movie publicity photo. Christian Bale in Batman costume. As a young boy, Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his millionaire parents were slain in front of him–a trauma that leads him to become obsessed with revenge. But the opportunity to avenge his parent’s deaths is cruelly taken away from him by fate.

Fleeing to the East, where he seeks counsel with the dangerous but honorable ninja cult leader known as Ra’s Al-Ghul, Bruce returns to his now decaying Gotham City, which is overrun by organized crime and other dangerous individuals manipulating the system.

Meanwhile, Bruce is slowly being swindled out of Wayne Industries, the company he inherited. The discovery of a cave under his mansion, along with a prototype armored suit, leads him to assume a new persona, one which will strike fear into the hearts of men who do wrong; he becomes Batman!!!

In the new guise, and with the help of rising cop Jim Gordon, Batman sets out to take down the various nefarious schemes in motion by individuals such as mafia don Falcone, the twisted doctor/drug dealer Jonathan ‘The Scarecrow’ Crane, and a mysterious third party that is quite familiar with Wayne and waiting to strike when the time is right.

Ra’s Al-Ghul should translate well to the movies and the cast is quite impressive:

Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman)
Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth)
Ken Watanabe (Ra’s Al Ghul)
Gary Oldman (Lieutenant James Gordon)
Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox)
Rutger Hauer (Mr. Earle)
Katie Holmes (Rachel Dodson)
Cillian Murphy (Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow)
Liam Neeson (Henri Ducard)
Tom Wilkinson (Carmine Falcone)

The trailer captures the spirit of the post-Frank Miller-Dark Knight Returns era wonderfully.

Hat tip: James Hudnall

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  1. Plus, the director of “Memento” is involved, and judging from the way he handled that material, it seems that he’s qualified to handle this type of Batman story.

  2. Alex Knapp says:

    There’s also a new trailer with some more footage to be released with Ocean’s 12 this weekend, in case you actually needed another reason to go see Ocean’s 12…

  3. Jay Solo says:

    I can’t wait! For the movie, and to get home where I can download the trailer.

    Batman Year One was an excellent run of comics, and this will be along similar lines.

  4. Cybrludite says:

    Gary Oldman… playing good-guy… does not compute… error… error…

  5. Adam D. Hall says:

    When will the trailer premiere online on