Cast and Crew: David S. Goyer (Co-Writer); Hanz Zimmer (Score); Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Katie Holmes, Ken Watanabe, Mark Boone Junior, Jack Gleeson
What It’s About: Batman’s (Christian Bale) early years are recounted in the film that made “Reboot” part of even casual movie fans vocabulary.
Why Watch it Today?: Batman co-creator Bob Kane was born on this date in 1915. Batman Begins so successfully made fans forget that a previous series of Batman movies existed (and fell into rapid decline) that now every film franchise rights holder reboots its series at the slightest box office disappointment. While the film has some troubles in the script area, it’s a compelling update that series director Christopher Nolan successful imprinted with his own signature style and thematic concerns. It also features a darned fine cast taking some of the best elements of the comics’ own “early years” imaginings and turning them into a beautifully made event film with a fantastic cast.