Upon seeing that Gotham City has become corrupted, Bruce Wayne
becomes a symbol of fear and strength that can save the city: Batman.
Batman Begins (2005)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer
Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson,
Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Gary Oldman,
Morgan Freeman, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer
Reboot of 1989's Batman
Based on characters from DC Comics
Oscar Nominations - Best Cinematography
Joel Schumacher destroyed the Batman franchise. Christopher Nolan redeemed it with his incredible origin story Batman Begins, which brought the dark knight into a whole new gritty light that made Nolan's Batman an entirely new entity in the superhero genre. While Christian Bale's Batman voice could use some work, his portrayal of Bruce Wayne is spot on. I'm glad they stayed true to the Dark Knight's origins and showed his time with the League of Assassins (Shadows, in the movie) and his training with Ra's al Ghul, portrayed magnificently by Liam Neeson.
I must also mention Cillian Murphy's chilling and brilliant Scarecrow, a villain I once thought impossible to translate to the big screen without looking ridiculous. I have been proven wrong. I doubt there will ever be a more perfect superhero trilogy than the one that begins here.