A Batman movie for people who know Batman

The movie wasn’t perfect but it was GREAT. 3 and 3/4 stars out of 4.

If you wanna read my comments, you’re gonna have to highlight them as to not ruin the movie for anyone who saw it.

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* Throughout the entire movie, I could envision Nolan saying to Goyer “well, how does he know this?”, “How does he get away with this?”. This is a Batman movie written by a guy who reads a lot of Batman comics and a non-comic fan trying to make sense of it all.

* Bale was perfect as Bruce Wayne/Batman…especially Bruce Wayne. His voice as Batman wouldn’t have bugged me as much if I had never heard Kevin Conray on B:TAS.

* I loved that Nolan/Goyer were able to make Scarecrow a badass that the comics and cartoons have failed to do so many times. The scenes of people under the influence of the toxin were perfectly realized ESPECIALLY when Batman put Scarecrow under the gas and he saw Batman. “Dr. Crane isn’t in right now…” Cillian Murphy was great.

* Katie Holmes didn’t bother me as much as she did other people. She served her purpose. It didn’t even bother me that Bruce told her he was Batman considering he didn’t know if he was going to live or not. This isn’t extremely confident Batman…this is I-don’t-know-if-this-is-gonna-work Batman.

* When I was growing up, one of the things that always bugged me was the fact that Lucius Fox DIDN’T know Bruce Wayne was Batman. I mean he’s out there outfitted in Waynetech EVERYTHING. So I’m glad Nolan killed that by involving Fox.

* Caine was perfect as Alfred providing the right kind of humor to the story and as the last living connection to the Wayne legacy. He reminds me of the B:TAS Alfred.

* The twist of Liam Neeson actually being Ra’s Al Ghul. I’ll be honest. I didn’t see it coming and was like “Whoa”. That was great. I’m surprise they were able to keep that secret.

* Oldman as Gordon was great. I didn’t think he had it in him to be so restrained. I’m glad that Nolan/Goyer emphasized the importance of that alliance.

* The calling card at the end. Perfect.

* I loved that they used the calling the Bats scene straight out of Batman: Year One.

* I also appreciated that not a lot of the Gothamites actually saw Batman. He’s supposed to be an urban legend that people don’t think exist

I hope Nolan stays on to direct the sequels because I wouldn’t want anyone else touching this property

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