Batmanone of the most famous fictional characters ever created and one of the top three superheroes in the world, was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane in 1939 with the release of Detective comics #27. The character was an instant hit, receiving his own solo title the following year in 1940.
With popularity and name recognition, there’s been lots and lots of live action Batman movies. The character of Batman has gone through eight decades of cinema — from 1940s black and white series to acclaimed Tim Burton films and controversial 90s sequels, and finally to some of the most critically acclaimed superhero films with director Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogyproviding a model for franchise cinema.
The Last Entry, Director Matt Reeves The Batman, did fantastic things at the box office and critically, and garnered the second highest viewership on HBO Max when it was released on the streamer. As such, The Batman will most likely earn a possible second and third entry to complete its trilogy. Similar to The BatmanNolan’s first film in his trilogy, batman begins, serves to reintroduce and revitalize the character to a new audience after previous commercial failures. So the main way each movie revitalizes the character is how they reintroduce their respective Batmans to the world.
Introducing Bruce Wayne
Bruce Wayne, Batman’s secret identity, is a tragic and broken hero. His parents were shot in an alley when he was about 10 years old, and he spent the next decade of his life angry, sad and vengeful. This is how the two films (Batman Begin and The Batman) choosing to reintroduce Bruce Wayne to the world. before the two Batman Begin and The Batmanthe Bruce Waynes of the previous films were already very established Batmen, who had the opportunities and time to heal more from their trauma than Christian Bale (batman begins) and Robert Pattinson (The Batman) had.
batman begins opens with a broken Bruce Wayne locked up in a prison in Bhutan, clearly an outcast among the other inmates. The Batman begins with the bat signal lighting up the skies of Gotham, fear echoing throughout the city, as frightened criminals flee before Batman can appear. Although the films open very differently, they drift toward similarity, as the two Bruce Waynes enter an absolutely brutal fight scene. Christian Bale guns down a group of around 10 prisoners on his own and is taken away for the protection of the other inmates.
Meanwhile, with fast precision strikes, Robert Pattinson absolutely terrorizes a gang trying to kill an innocent man, saving a life and leaving a young criminal on the loose. Both images establish their Bruce Wayne/Batman with anger and revenge issues, the tragedy of their childhood seething through every timed punch, kick and dodge, a defining similarity in each character’s introduction.
Same Batman, other bat course
Differences are found where each character begins their respective journey through the socio-economic hell of Gotham City. Basel, in batman begins, comes to Gotham in the classic, lavish, playboy, millionaire persona of Bruce Wayne. Buying hotels so he and two other women can swim in fountains, getting his shares from the Wayne Enterprises board; while starting to prepare, prepare and become Batman.
On the other hand, Pattinson is a recently established Batman in The Batman. Full body armor and body armor, a menacing persona, a working relationship with the Gotham Central Police Department, and the classic terrifying appearance: he’s an angry young Batman ready. batman begins intends to show audiences that their character is being built from the ground up, while the Batman takes the same approach as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming did; assuming the audience already had the prior knowledge of Batman’s backstory. This allowed more focus on plot and detail building for Reeves’ creation, although Nolan’s character building was just as good.
Character arcs are another striking difference between the two. Batman movies. With Nolan Batman Begin, Bale continues his journey fairly quickly, going from angry and depressed playboy Bruce to fully embracing Batman by the end of the film. It’s satisfying, allowing audiences to feel a sense of closure at the end of the movie, instead of having to wait for another movie. Reeves’ The Batman takes Pattinson’s character arc much slower over its three-hour runtime, mostly focusing on resolving the issue that Batman is a symbol of revenge rather than hope.
Pattinson slowly progresses through Batman’s journey, keeping an iron grip on the values and beliefs he holds about the world. It’s not until a member of Riddler’s militia repeats his saying, “I am vengeance,” that Pattinson’s Batman realizes he may have gone through his ordeal badly. It then leads to one of the best Batman scenes at the movies, as Pattinson leads flood survivors to safety, carrying a lit flare, a beacon of hope for the citizens. While not allowing for closure, it allows director Matt Reeves to build a full and satisfying character journey for Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne/Batman.
With two films featuring the same character 17 years apart (not even including the introduction of Batman in Zack Snyder’s DCEU film series), there are bound to be a lot more differences in emotional arcs, plots, story lines, and more. story and characterization than most other films. But when it comes to the iconic fictional character of Batman, there are over 80 years of stories and content to pull from, allowing directors to choose what they’d like to do with each character. batman begins and The Batman are two fantastic entries into the Batman mythos, but introduce the iconic character in unique ways.
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