Batman back with a bang
The fifth instalment of the Batman franchise, the latest offering goes back to the beginning of the Batman story, exploring how Bruce Wayne first become the masked crusader protecting Gotham City.
The role of Batman is played by Christian Bale, the British actor who has also starred in American Pyscho and Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
An all-star cast prevails right through the film. Michael Caine plays Bruce Wayne's loyal butler Alfred, with Katie Holmes appearing as a district attorney.
Gary Oldman is a good cop, Tom Wilkinson the sinister mob-lord Falcone, and there are also roles for Morgan Freeman, Rutger Hauer and Liam Neeson.
Batman Begins is directed by Christopher Nolan, the man behind Memento, with Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss, and Insomnia with Al Pacino and Robin Williams.
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