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This film is a re-boot of the Batman film franchise, and it follows Bruce Wayne's early years as he deals with the childhood trauma of losing his parents and his decision to become the champion of justice Gotham City needs. Bale plays Bruce Wayne, and the film finds the young millionaire traveling the world, studying martial arts and fighting technique with a powerful ninja organization, The League of Shadows. The League and Bruce Wayne share a simple ideal, that Gotham City is corrupt and needs to be cleaned up. However, Bruce Wayne learns that the League's methods for cleaning up Gotham will lead to the deaths of untold numbers of innocents. Bruce Wayne then returns to Gotham as Batman, where he stands ready to protect the city's civilians from any threat.
Batman / Bruce Wayne
Ducard / Ra's Al Ghul
Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow
Large Prisoner: You are in hell, little man. And I am the devil.
Bruce: You're not the devil. You're practice. (fight ensues with large prisoner and cronies)
Prison Guard: Solitary.
Prison Guard: For protection.
Bruce: I don't need protection.
Prison Guard: Protection for them.
Ducard: A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man... if you devote yourself to an ideal... and if they can't stop you... then you become something else entirely.
Bruce: Which is?
Ducard: Legend, Mr. Wayne.
Ducard: Crime can not be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding.
Ducard: To conquer fear, you must become fear. You must bask in the fear of other men.
Fox: (Fox shows Bruce what will become the bat suit) Nomex survival suit for advanced infantry. Kevlar bi-weave, reinforced joints.
Fox: This sucker will stop a knife.
Fox: Anything but a straight shot.
Bruce: Why didn't they put it into production?
Fox: Bean counters didn't think a soldier's life was worth 300 grand.
Bruce: (spotting the future batmobile for the first time) What's that?
Fox: The Tumbler? Oh, you wouldn't be interested in that. (a test-drive ensues) Does it come in black?
Gordon: (Gordon sees the Batmobile in action) I've got to get me one of those.
Officer 2: (chasing the batmobile) What street is he taking?
Officer 1: He's not on a street. He's flying on rooftops.
Bruce: Mr. Earle.
Earle: Happy birthday Bruce.
Bruce: Thank you. How'd the stock offering go?
Earle: Prices soared.
Bruce: Who was buying?
Earle: All kinds of funds and brokerages. It's a bit technical. The key thing is... our company's future is secure.
Bruce: (Bruce awakens after being exposed to the toxin) I've felt these effects before, but this was so much more potent. It was some kind of hallucinogen, weaponized in aerosol form.
Fox: You have been hanging out in the wrong clubs, Mr. Wayne.
Alfred: I called Mr. Fox when your condition worsened after the first day.
Fox: I analyzed your blood... isolating the receptor compounds and the protein-based catalyst.
Bruce: Am I meant to understand what that means?
Fox: Not at all. I just wanted you to know how hard it was. Bottom line, I synthe an antidote.
Bruce: Could you make more?
Fox: You planning on gassing yourself again, Mr. Wayne?
Rachel: What's "scarecrow"?
Crane: Patients suffering delusional episodes often focus their paranoia on an external tormenter... usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In this case, a scarecrow.
Earle: (speaking to Fox) I'm merging your department with archives. And I'm firing you. Didn't you get the memo?
Gordon: (responding to Flass) I'm no rat. In a town this bent, who's there to rat to anyway?
Alfred: (Bruce is trapped under a fallen beam) What's the point of all those pushups if you can't even lift a bloody log?
Earle: I seem to remember firing you.
Fox: You did. I got another job. Yours.
Earle: What makes you think you can decide who's running Wayne Enterprises?
Bruce: Well, the fact that I'm the owner.
Earle: What are you talking about? The company went public a week ago.
Bruce: And I bought most of the shares. Through various charitable foundations and trusts and so forth. Look, it's all a bit technical, but the important thing is... that my company's future is secure. Right Mr. Fox?
Fox: Right you are, Mr. Wayne. Didn't you get the memo?
Budget - $150,000,000
Domestic Gross - $205,343,774 (8th)
Worldwide Gross - $372,710,015 (9th)
Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $261,404,867
Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $474,463,919
Patalex Productions III
Filming locations include:
East Tilbury, Essex, Englan
Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, London, England
Clerkenwell, London, England
Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England
Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England
The Loop, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
Mentmore, Buckinghamshire, England
New York City, New York
Bloomsbury, London, England
Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England
Shepperton, Surrey, England
St. Pancras, London, England
Svínafellsjökull, Vatnajökull, Austurland, Iceland
Tilbury, Essex, England
Written by Arrigo Boito
Performed by Norman Treigle
Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Divertimento on D
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Cavendish String Quartet
Academy Awards Nomination:
1. Top Box Office Film
Saturn Awards Wins:
1. Best Fantasy Film
2. Actor - Christian Bale
Saturn Awards Nominations:
2. Special Effects
4. Director - Christopher Nolan (won by Peter Jackson for King Kong)
5. Supporting Actor - Liam Neeson (won by Mickey Rourke for Sin City)
6. Supporting Actress - Katie Holmes (won by Summer Glau for Serenity)
BAFTA Awards Nominations:
1. Visual Effects
2. Production Design