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  • After the success of Superhero Superman Bob Kane tried to come with his own hero "The Bat-Man" he then asked for Bill Finger's assistance on the project. Finger rejected several of Kane's initial ideas about the character and suggested several changes in design and characterization. He came up with a civilian identity for the character as "Bruce Wayne", which Finger named after Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland and general Anthony "Mad Anthony" Wayne.

    Kane marketed the "Batman" character to National Comics, and Batman's first story was published in "Detective Comics" #27 (May 1939). The script was written by an uncredited Finger, making him the first of many ghost writers to work on comics officially credited to Bob Kane. When Kane negotiated a contract about selling the rights to the "Batman" character, he claimed he was the sole creator of the character and demanded a sole mandatory byline on all Batman comics and adaptations thereof, acknowledging him as the creator. Finger's work on the character was not acknowledged.

    However In 1989, after the popularity of Tim Burton's Batman film, Kane acknowledged Finger as "a contributing force" in the character's creation, and wrote, "Now that my long-time friend and collaborator is gone, I must admit that Bill never received the fame and recognition he deserved. He was an unsung hero ... I often tell my wife, if I could go back fifteen years, before he died, I would like to say. 'I'll put your name on it now. You deserve it.'"

    Comics historian Ron Goulart has referred to Batman as the "creation of artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger" Bill Finger was the subject of the Hulu original documentary, Batman & Bill, which premiered in 2017.

    In September 2015, DC Entertainment announced Finger would receive credit on the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the second season of Gotham, following a deal between the Finger family and DC. The updated acknowledgement for the character appeared as "Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger". Edit (Coming Soon)

  • It's a long story so here goes....

    After the success of the comic book Superhero Superman, artist Bob Kane tried to come up with his own hero "The Bat-Man", the character Kane created wore a red suit with a domino mask, blonde hair and a pair of bat wings. Kane then asked for writer Bill Finger's assistance on the project. Finger rejected several of Kane's initial ideas about the character and suggested several changes in design and characterization. His changes included changing his hair colour, a black colour scheme for the costume, adding a cape and cowl, the idea that he shouldn't have any superpowers, his civilian identity of Bruce Wayne (which Finger named after Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland and general Anthony "Mad Anthony" Wayne), the origin story about his parents being shot in an alley and the idea that he should also be a detective.

    Kane marketed the "Batman" character to National Comics, and Batman's first story was published in "Detective Comics" #27 (May 1939). The script was written by an uncredited Finger, making him the first of many ghost writers to work on comics officially credited to Bob Kane. When Kane negotiated a contract about selling the rights to the "Batman" character, he claimed he was the sole creator and demanded a sole mandatory byline acknowledging him as such on all comics and adaptations. Out of fairness, Kane agreed to pay Finger his share with money out of his earnings. Unfortunately, the agreement was never put into writing, and Finger never saw a cent.

    Finger would go on to ghost write Batman stories up into the mid 1960's, either with Kane or for DC Comics directly. During his writing tenure, Finger was responsible for the unaccredited creation of many key players and pieces in the Batman universe. These included the Batmobile, the Batcave, Gotham City, and Batman's nickname "The Dark Knight". He also came up with several secondary Batman characters including, his sidekick Robin, his arch-nemesis The Joker, and his occasional love interest Catwoman, as well as Commissioner Gordon, The Riddler and The Scarecrow. Despite all of this, the only writing credit that Finger received for Batman in his lifetime were two episode of Batman (1966), The Clock King's Crazy Crimes (1966) and The Clock King Gets Crowned (1966) which he co-wrote with friend Charles Sinclair.

    Eventually, the truth did come out. Finger attended the first official New York Comic Con in 1965 and sat on a panel with other comic book creators where he revealed the role he played in Batman's creation. Finger's story gained exposure in a two-page article titled "If the truth be known, or a Finger in every plot!," written and distributed by pop culturist Jerry Bails. Kane caught wind of Finger's appearance not long after and replied in the form of a printed letter to Batman fan magazine, "Batmania," where he labeled his old friend a fraud. Finger, who by this time was deeply in debt, continued to write for various projects in and outside of comic books until his death in 1974, when he was found alone in his apartment by friend Charles Sinclair. Finger died penniless and his contributions to the character was never acknowledged in his lifetime.

    However, after the popularity of Tim Burton's Batman (1989), Kane acknowledged Finger as "a contributing force" in the character's creation, and wrote in his 1989 autobiography "Batman and Me" that "Now that my long-time friend and collaborator is gone, I must admit that Bill never received the fame and recognition he deserved. He was an unsung hero ... I often tell my wife, if I could go back fifteen years, before he died, I would like to say. 'I'll put your name on it now. You deserve it.'"

    Many failed attempts were made over the years by Finger's family to get him recognition for his work, including a request from his second wife Lyn Simmons to have his name listed in the credits of Tim Burton's Batman (1989).

    Finger remained largely unknown, even to Batman fans, until writer Marc Tyler Nobleman began investigating the late author's life for a book being written about him called "Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman". Nobleman went in search of Finger's family to help fill in the gaps and give him credit. While Finger's autopsy report claimed no relatives were present, Nobleman discovered that Finger had a son, Fred.

    Unfortunately, Fred, who was an outspoken proponent of his father, had died in 1992. Nobleman learned that Fred was also homosexual, leading him to believe that Fred had no children before his death. The trail was starting to go cold.

    However, after receiving new information from Finger's nephew, Nobleman discovered Fred indeed had a daughter, Athena Finger, who was born two years after Finger's death. Nobleman met with Athena and convinced her to meet with DC about getting recognition for her grandfather. DC in turn welcomed Athena with open arms, cut her a check and invited her to the premiere of The Dark Knight (2008) with all expenses paid. It wasn't until around 2012 that DC offered her more money. This time, however, she had to sign away her rights to her grandfather's claim. With encouragement from Nobleman, Athena rejected the money and took DC to court. It took years of litigation before a settlement was reached. A major turning point in the case was the unearthing of recorded interviews with Bob Kane during the writing of his autobiography. During one of the interviews, Tom Andrae, Kane's co-writer, asked Kane to what extent Finger contributed to Batman's creation. "Bill was responsible for 50 to 75 percent," Kane bluntly responded.

    Finally, in September 2015, DC Entertainment issued a statement informing the public that Finger would be listed as co-creator on any piece of Batman media henceforth. Starting with the superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and the second season of Gotham (2014), an updated acknowledgement for the character appeared as "Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger".

    Finger's story was later used as the subject of the Hulu original documentary, Batman & Bill (2017). Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Batman Begins harks back to Batman's beginnings from the time that young Bruce saw his parents brutally murdered by mugger Joe Chill (Richard Brake). After studying martial arts in Asia with Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), second in command to Râ's al Ghûl (Ken Watanabe), leader of the secret assassins society, the League of Shadows, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) returns to Gotham and transforms himself, with the help of Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), head of the Applied Sciences Department at Wayne Enterprises, into his crime-fighting persona-Batman. Overrun with corruption, Gotham City has become rife with criminals such as Mafia don Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson) and sinister Doctor Jonathan "The Scarecrow" Crane (Cillian Murphy). Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The movie is based on characters created by American comic book artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger for DC Comics, first appearing in Detective Comics #27 in May of 1939. However, it is said to draw inspiration from several classic comic book storylines such as "The Man Who Falls", "Batman: Year One", and "Batman: The Long Halloween". The screenplay was written by American screenwriter David S. Goyer and British filmmaker Christopher Nolan. It is the first installment in The Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan's Batman trilogy, and it is followed by The Dark Knight (2008) (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (2012). Edit (Coming Soon)

  • It is recommended that Batman Begins be viewed before watching The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises. Note: Batman Begins is not connected to any of the theatrical incarnations of Batman that came before it. It is a reboot, the beginning of a new series with its own internal continuity, and has no ties to the previous films: neither Tim Burton's—Batman (1989) (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) (1992)—nor Joel Schumacher's films—Batman Forever (1995) (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997) (1997). This is made clear by apparent contradictions between the films, such as having Joe Chill, instead of the Joker, kill Bruce Wayne's parents, the new origin of the Bat-Signal, the use of the Joker at the end of the film, and Batman's relationship with Lt. Gordon. However, it is loosely connected to the 2008 direct-to-video, animated movie Batman: Gotham Knight (2008). Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The film takes place in 2007. In the Gotham Tonight news segments released to promote The Dark Knight it reports on Election '08 and states that the attack on the Narrows (which happens at the end of this film) took place nine months previously. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Gotham City is a fictional U.S. port city located on the north-eastern Atlantic coast. It was originally a stand-in for New York City, but has also resembled other crime-ridden urban centers such as Chicago and Detroit. Some sources, including Mayfair Games' authorized (but now out-of-print) Atlas of the DC Universe, have placed Gotham City in the state of New Jersey. Christopher Nolan's Gotham City is located in the middle of the estuary of the Liberty River, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The river separates most of Gotham from the mainland. The River Merchant divides Uptown from Midtown, while Midtown is separated from Downtown by the Gotham River. The Narrows is a small island in the Gotham River. A creek divides the district of South Hinkley from the rest of Gotham City. Gotham International Airport is in Pettsburg, to the north of the Liberty River estuary. The current DC Universe version of Gotham City is separated from the mainland by the Gotham River, bridged by a series of bridges and tunnels. The east and south sides of Gotham face the Atlantic Ocean. The city is further divided by the Sprang River (named for Dick Sprang) on the northern end and the Finger River (for Bill Finger) to the south. Tiny Blackgate Isle to the south-east is home to Blackgate Maximum Security Penitentiary. (Blackgate is replaced by Stonegate Penitentiary in the animated series Batman (1992-1995) and its spin-offs.) Edit (Coming Soon)

  • According the the movie novelization by Batman writer and editor Dennis O'Neil, Bruce spent his first several weeks being beaten on the freighter that he boarded in Gotham City. The ship's bosun provided practical lessons in dirty fighting. Eighteen months after leaving Gotham, Bruce was starving in the African market where he first steals for food. The next day, Bruce got himself hired by a tramp steamer and in the following months saw a lot of Africa and some of Asia. He jumped ship in Marrakesh, slept under a bridge for a couple of nights, and signed onto a tanker bound for the United Kingdom.

    He hung around London long enough to learn something about stealing cars from the ship's cook, then shipped out on a freighter and found himself in Shanghai. One of the deckhands from his last ship had a way to make some quick, easy money, and Bruce was interested. The hijacking in the movie took place in Shanghai. However, according to the novelization, Bruce was actually sent to prison for something else, an unspecified illegal operation in Bhutan. This is where Bruce was imprisoned when he met Ducard. Bruce then trained with the League of Shadows for almost one year (again, according to the movie novelization): "Later, [Bruce] reckoned that he had been at the monastery just under a year and that, after the initial period of adjustment, he was happy in the rambling building above the glacier." Edit (Coming Soon)

  • No. The buildings were miniatures, and the Batmobile (aka the Tumbler) was a real working prototype. The film had very few CG shots, because the director does not like the use of computer animation in movies. In the DVD, however, it is shown that some shots of Gotham were augmented using CGI, such as the exteriors of the monorail, and the wide-establishing shot of a distant Gotham City was a rendered effect. In addition, there were several miniature models of the Tumbler made for the rooftop chase sequence. The bonus disc of the 2-disc DVD set shows the various stages of production for the Tumbler. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • As Lucius Fox and the forensic technician in the basement of Arkham both point out, simply spiking the city's drinkable water supply wouldn't be a workable method of distributing an inhalant. Many drugs are effectively deactivated by the digestive system, requiring that they be administered intravenously or via absorption through the lining of the nose, which places it directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract or following the normal path that oxygen does when it's inhaled into the lungs. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • This subject was actually touched upon in the video game adaptation of the movie, where characters would talk about seeing strange things, etc. and Batman would actually use this to his advantage. Any instance where someone was inhaling water vapor could have caused people to start feeling the effects, such as having a hot shower, boiling a pot of water, tea kettle, etc.. This could be a plot hole, though nothing states that such instances didn't occur offscreen during the course of the film's timeline. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • There are two possibilities: (1) It's stated in the film that the device uses "focused microwaves" to vaporize an enemy's "water supply." No additional information is given, but apparently the device has a sensing/targeting system of some kind, or was aimed at the underground pipes by its users. If the latter is the case, it might well have killed anyone below the train as it moved across town, though this is never shown. (2) Water inside the human body is not simply liquid stored in a continuous pool; it is compartmentalized and contains a plethora of organic substances, such as large molecules, complex proteins and even entire cells (red blood cells, immune cells, etc.). Perhaps these, as well as cell membranes/organs protect the water in the body from evaporating by absorbing the microwaves, or in some way increasing the bonds between the water molecules strong enough to prevent them from evaporating. In any way, the device would then only affect pools of water with relatively low osmotic pressure, such as water supplies and sewers. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • There were no indications that Loeb was corrupt, although his comic book counterpart was. The subsequent installment in the series, The Dark Knight, also shows him to be an honest if somewhat ineffectual civil servant. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • While Flass is the only member of the GCPD actually depicted in the movie as corrupt, a conversation he has with Gordon, where he implies that the other cops are suspicious of him for not being "on the take", certainly indicates that corruption may be rampant in the GCPD. Gordon's dialogue in that scene indicates that there is no point in him reporting Flass anyway, at least suggesting that corruption within the department goes all the way to the top, i.e.: to Commissioner Loeb. However, since Loeb is still the Commissioner in The Dark Knight, and is never actually depicted as being corrupt, this may simply mean that he either turns a blind eye to the corruption of others or refuses to accept the extent of corruption in the department for political reasons. Gordon being partnered with Flass would also suggest that corruption is rife within the GCPD, since Gordon apparently sees no point in switching one corrupt partner for another. However, in his conversation with Bruce Wayne early in the film, Carmine Falcone explicitly states that the mob actually rules Gotham by intimidation, so perhaps the average GCPD officer is simply afraid to carry out his duties properly. This fits the depiction of Gotham's cops in The Dark Knight, most of whom are uncommitted time servers, more interested in going home alive at the end of their shifts than potentially sacrificing themselves in the line of duty. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Ducard/Ra's Al Ghul trained Bruce Wayne in combat, ninjutsu, and explained how theatricality and deception were powerful agents to the League of Shadows against their enemies. So after Bruce Wayne escaped the League of Shadows and all of a sudden a man dressed as a giant bat fighting criminals, with ninja-like skills in Gotham City appears; Ra's Al Ghul likely didn't have a hard time figuring it out. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Ken Watanabe is credited with playing Râ's al Ghûl. However, Liam Neeson's character, Henri Ducard, is later revealed to be the real Râ's. Some have speculated that because Râ's al Ghûl is Arabic for "The Demon's Head," this was simply a title transferred to Liam Neeson's character after the death of Ken Watanabe's character. But the script makes it quite clear that Neeson was Râ's all along. During the reveal it states, "Ducard (THE REAL RA'S AL GHUL) smiles acknowledgment." Therefore, Watanabe played a decoy, while Neeson played the real Râ's al Ghûl. The credits read as they do so as not to spoil the surprise. According to comic-book sources, the real name of Râ's al Ghûl is lost to history—remembered only by Râ's himself. The only existing history of his prior background simply refers to him as "the Physician". Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Râ's al Ghûl's age isn't given in Batman Begins; it can be assumed he's Liam Neeson's actual age. He rhetorically asks Bruce Wayne, "is Ra's Al Ghul immortal? Are his methods supernatural?", to which Bruce Wayne replies, "Or cheap parlor tricks to conceal your true identity, Ra's", implying that the League of Shadows is always run by "Ra's Al Ghul" and Henri Ducard just assumed that role from the previous person. Another possibility is that "Henri Ducard" is just an alias and his true name is Râ's al Ghûl and he was using a double to fool any outsiders until they are inducted into the League. The latter seems to be the case as he's only ever referred to as Râ's al Ghûl in The Dark Knight Rises. However, in the Confidential Files found in the extra features of the Two-Disc DVD Deluxe Edition of the film, it is noted that he claims to have lived for over 600 years. This profile also notes that Râ's has a daughter—Talia. Râ's al Ghûl is approximately 450 years old (or more) according to comic-book sources: I appear to be a vigorous fifty. I am actually a very vigorous four hundred and forty-eight . . . or is it four hundred and fifty-three? I lost count during the Black Plague. No matter. –Râ's al Ghûl in Azrael #6 (July 1995), written by Dennis O'Neil (co-creator of Râ's, along with illustrator Neal Adams). Râ's is periodically rejuvenated by immersing his body in his alchemical "Lazarus Pits." In the continuity of Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), Râ's claims to have been alive for over 600 years. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The Gotham City Police Department's vehicle paint job is identical to a former paint job used by the New York City Police Department on units delivered in the early 1990s, such as the Chevrolet Caprice and the first Ford Crown Victoria police units. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • While Batman fights with Ra's on the train loaded with the microwave emitter and speeding toward Wayne Tower, Sgt Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) reaches the Tower and uses the Tumbler's defense system to destroy the train's elevated tracks. Batman flies out of the train just as it leaves the tracks and comes crashing to the ground, destroying the microwave emitter with it. The next day, Earle (Rutger Hauer) attends a board meeting and learns that he has been fired and that Fox has been promoted into his position. When Earle shows surprise, Fox mockingly asks him, "Didn't you get the memo?" At Wayne Manor, Bruce nails boards over the old well. Rachel (Katie Holmes) drops by to apologize for the horrible things she said to him and to express her hope that one day, when he no longer needs to be Batman, they can be together again. She asks him what he intends to do with the burned out manor, and Bruce tells her that he is going to rebuild it. Alfred suggests that they take the opportunity to improve the foundation in the the southeast corner. In the final scene, Batman meets Gordon (now promoted to Lieutenant) on a rooftop, where Gordon shows him the new big-signal he has devised. Jim warns him that there are still a lot of criminals to catch, including a new one who leaves a joker playing card as his calling card. After Batman assures him that he will continue to help clean up Gotham and that he will never need thanks for doing it, he jumps off the roof and glides away. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Flass was under the influence of Crane's toxin. The last we see of him, he's about to shoot a couple of teenagers but Gordon intervenes and knocks Flass out then handcuffs him to a pipe. This is the last we see of him, so if he wasn't killed during the panic, Gordon was promoted to Lieutenant at the end of the film may have gathered enough pull to get Flass fired or very least transferred out of his department. Gordon also says to Batman at the end of the film that "Bent cops are running scared" so it's possible Flass simply left Gotham. Supplemental material suggests that Flass was suspended in the wake of probing by Harvey Dent, which explains why he doesn't appear in The Dark Knight. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Bale does in fact have an English accent. He refused to speak with this accent while promoting this film, as he wouldn't want fans, especially kids, picturing Batman with a foreign accent while watching the film. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Yes. In the comic books, Ducard and Ra's al Ghul are two separate beings. Unlike the comic incarnation, there is no direct indication that al Ghul has any supernatural powers. He also ran the League of Assassins in the comics, whereas he leads the League of Shadows in the film. Also, his ultimate goal is to rid the world of injustice in the film, rather than saving the environment in the comics.

    • When Batman first started fighting crime, James Gordon was already Lieutenant. Instead, the film initially has him as Sergeant. He is, however, promoted to Lieutenant by the end of the film.


    • Flass, while having a similar characterization, is physically the opposite of his comic doppelganger, who is tall, well-built, and blonde.


    • Harvey Dent was the Gotham D.A. when Batman started fighting crime in the comics. Instead, Finch is the D.A.


    • Batman never met Ra's al Ghul during his years before Batman, and did not train under him. He did train under Ducard, though.


    • Commissioner Loeb is a portly, middle-age Caucasian male and corrupt in the comics, but in Batman Begins, is a tall African-American male, with no indications that he's corrupt.


    • James Gordon, in the comics, transferred to Gotham from Chicago shortly before Batman appeared. Gordon in Batman Begins has been with the Gotham City Police Department since Bruce was a child.


    • Rachel Dawes is a character created for the film, and has no counterpart in the comics.


    • Joe Chill had no encounters with Carmine Falcone in the comics.


    • Bruce's parents were killed in Crime Alley in the comics, while in Begins, they are killed outside an opera house. Also, in the comics, they were killed after seeing a Zorro picture, while in Begins, they are seeing an opera.


    • Gordon and Batman become allies much faster in Begins. In the comics, their alliance wasn't formed for a while after Batman appeared.


    • In the comic-book canon, the name Ra's al Ghul is pronounced "raysh ahl gool".
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  • There are three editions. The single-disc edition (Widescreen or Full Screen), Two-Disc Edition (DVD & BD), and Limited Giftset Edition (DVD & BD). Edit (Coming Soon)

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