As a boy a young Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his millionaire parents were slain in front of his eyes, a trauma which led him to become obsessed with revenge but his chance is cruelly taken away from him by fate. After disappearing to the East where he seeks counsel with the dangerous but honorable ninja cult leader known as Ra’s Al-Ghul, he returns to his now decaying Gotham City overrun by organized crime and dangerous individuals manipulating the system whilst the company he inherited is slowly being pulled out from under him.
The discovery of a cave under his mansion, and a prototype armored suit leads him to take on a new persona, one which will strike fear into the hearts of men who do wrong – he becomes, Batman. In the new guise, and with the help of rising cop Jim Gordon, Batman sets out to take down the various nefarious schemes in motion by individuals such as mafia don Falcone, the twisted doctor/drug dealer Jonathan ‘The Scarecrow’ Crane, and a mysterious third party that is quite familiar with Wayne and waiting to strike when the time is right.
|Writer:||Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer|
|Cillian as:||Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow|
|Additional Cast:||Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Katie Holmes, Liam Neeson|
|Genre:||Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller|
|MPAA Rating:||Rated PG-13 for intense action violence, disturbing images and thematic elements|
|UK Release:||June 16, 2005|
|US Release:||June 15, 2005|
|Additional Info:||Internet Movie Database|
Trivia and Fun Facts
– A second stage Scarecrow look was created for the hallucination scenes but was never shown on film. The mask was more organic and tighter around the actor’s face.
– Before Christian Bale was cast as Batman, many other actors were considered for the role, including Ashton Kutcher, David Boreanaz and newcomer Hugh Dancy.
– Only days before the role of Batman was cast, eight actors were asked to audition for the part. The actors were Christian Bale, Joshua Jackson, Eion Bailey, Hugh Dancy, Billy Crudup, Cillian Murphy, Henry Cavill and Jake Gyllenhaal. While Bale won the part, Christopher Nolan liked Murphy’s audition so much, he cast him as Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow.
– Marilyn Manson, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor and Jeremy Davies were considered for the role of Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow.
– nlike most characters on the movie, Rachel Dawes, played by Katie Holmes, doesn’t exist in “Batman” or any other DC Comics’ series. She was created by director Christopher Nolan and screenwriter David S. Goyer. The role was written expressly for Katie Holmes, with Claire Danes and Reese Witherspoon as backup considerations.
– Broke opening weekend box office record for IMAX theaters.
– A significant portion of the main cast consists of European actors performing American accents for their parts. Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman) is Welsh; Gary Oldman (Jim Gordon) is English; Cillian Murphy (Dr. Jonathan Crane) is Irish; Tom Wilkinson (Carmine Falcone) is English; Rutger Hauer (Earle) is Dutch; Linus Roache (Thomas Wayne) is English; Liam Neeson (Henri Ducard) is Irish.
– First live action appearance by Scarecrow, a villain dating back to Batman’s earliest comic stories. While considered for the 1960s TV series he was never used, and was to be the main villain in the fifth Burton/Schumaker film that was shelved.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “I am more than aware that you are not intimidated by *me*, Mr. Falcone. But you know who I’m working for, and when he gets here…”
Carmine Falcone: “He-he’s coming to Gotham?”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Yes he is. And when he gets here, he’s not gonna want to hear that you have endangered our operation just to get your thugs out of a little jail time.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Outside, he was a giant. In here, only the mind can grant you power.”
Rachel Dawes: “You enjoy the reversal?”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “I respect the mind’s power over the body. It’s why I do what I do.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “He’s here! The Batman.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “This is where we make the medicine. Perhaps you should have some. Clear your head.”
Batman: “Who are you working for? Crane!”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Dr. Crane isn’t here right now, but if you’d like to make an appointment…”
Arkham Thug #1: “What about her?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “She hasn’t got long. I gave her a concentrated dose. The mind can only take so much. Now, go!”
Crane Thug #2: “The things they say about him… can he really fly?”
Crane Thug #1: “I heard he can disappear.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Well, we’ll find out, won’t we?”
Scarecrow: “There’s nothing to fear but fear himself!”
Scarecrow: “Boo! Aw, having trouble? Take a seat. Have a drink. You look like a man who takes himself too seriously. Do you want my opinion? You need to lighten up.”
Carmine Falcone: “Yeah, Doctor Crane, I can’t take it anymore. It’s all too much. The walls are closing in. Blah, blah, blah. Couple more days of this food, it’ll be true.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “What do you want?”
Carmine Falcone: “I want to know how you’re gonna convince me to keep my mouth shut.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “About what? You don’t know anything.”
Carmine Falcone: “I know you wouldn’t want the police to take a closer look at those drugs they found. And I know about your experiments with the inmates of your nuthouse. See, I don’t go into business with a guy without finding out his dirty secrets. And those goons you used – I own the muscle in this town. Now, I’ve been bringing your stuff in for months, so whatever he’s planning, it’s big, and I want in.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Well, I already know what he’ll say: that we should kill you.”
Carmine Falcone: “Even he can’t get me in here. Not in my town.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Would you like to see my mask? I use it in my experiments. Probably not very frightening to a guy like you, but these crazies, they can’t stand it.”
Carmine Falcone: “So when did the nut take over the nuthouse?”
Scarecrow: “They scream and they cry, much as you’re doing now.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Dr. Jonathan Crane: Well, he’s not faking, not this one. I’ll talk to the judge and see if I can get him moved to the secure wing at Arkham. I can’t treat him here.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Mr. Finch, I think you should check with Miss Dawes here, just what implications your office has authorized her to make. If any.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Well, the work offered by organized crime must have an attraction to the insane.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Miss Dawes, this is most irregular. I have nothing further to add to the report I filed with the judge.”
Rachel Dawes: “I have questions about your report.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Such as?
Rachel Dawes: “Isn’t it convenient for a 52 year old man who has no history of mental illness to suddenly have a complete psychotic breakdown, just when he’s about to be indicted?”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Well, as you can see for yourself, there is nothing ‘convenient’ about his symptoms.”
Rachel Dawes: “What’s ‘scarecrow’?”
Dr. Jonathan Crane: “Patients suffering delusional episodes often focus their paranoia on an external tormentor. Usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In this case, a scarecrow. Outside, he was a giant. In here, only the mind can grant you power.”