The recent string of Batman movies have been exciting, gripping and more true to the original comic books than the more campy versions of the past. With Batman Begins, the latest to get a Warner Steel Book Bu-ray treatment, the glory of the Dark Knight comes to life in high def and through what seems like an endless supply of extras.
Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.
Bale could arguably be the greatest Batman, with the exception of the legendary status of Adam West. He’s dark, deep and plays the troubled Bruce Wayne quite well. Comic origin movies are really important for creating the feel and flow of the franchise and Batman Begins kicks off the new franchise with a bang.
The Blu-ray has one of the collection of extras available from the Batman series of any era. There’s typical trailers and some typical documentaries, but The Dark Knight IMAX Prologue (in High Definition) is a worthy extra of mention. The clip features director Christopher Nolan and his director of photography Wally Pfister discussing the process of shooting scenes in the IMAX format. There are also short teasing shots from the prologue.
Also of interest is the Batman Begins spoof Tankman Begins, which is worth a few laughs. The value continues with another handful of docs and featurettes, that make for good disc surfing.
A worthy addition to the Steel Book club.