The most common things people expect from superhero films is action, thrill, a lot of vfx shots and some out of the world powers conflicting among themselves. Least you can expect is a philosophical thought, a human touch and reality. How can a simple man like me and you become a superhero? This is where Batman stills the show. Unlike other superheroes batman is not someone who is result of radioactivity, not an alien with supernatural powers, or some result of scientific experiment gone wrong. He is a human being made of flesh and blood like everybody else but still stands different from everyone else.The idea of being a superhero is not completely overturned in batman. But he is the same protagonist who saves people’s lives, fights crime and criminals. All other superheroes come from nowhere and start doing all these things. But what lies at the heart of “The Batman Begins” is the creation of a superhero.
The story of Chris Nolan’s batman begins with a boy who is afraid of bats. He never understands why his father works at the hospital giving such a big empire in the hands of other people. These all noble thoughts are sown in the child’s mind from his childhood. One day the child is left alone when his parents are killed by a rogue. The child feels guilty throughout his life that it was his fault. At one time he even wants to revenge his father’s death by killing the criminal lord in the city of Gotham. But is not able to do it.
This lonely boy then starts with his quest of understanding the criminal mind. He travels around the world and tries to explore the reason why people indulge themselves in crime. What is that drives them? He himself gets hands on crime getting into a criminal’s shoes. He discovers thrill in crime, necessity of some people to do crime. Now there he starts an urge to do something for his crime infested Gotham. But he lacks is the path he would follow. Then comes Ra’s al Ghul who offers him the path of “League of Shadows”.
League of shadows is a society which has worked over the years to make world a better place to live in that too in their ‘own’ ways. Bruce Wayne learns here not only the art of combat but also overcomes his fear of bats. The center of the ideas of the League of Shadows lies at “man conquering his worst fear”. If he is able to do that then he has nothing on face of the earth to be afraid of. This idea is rooted deep into his mind and he overcomes his fear of bats. Now foundation is laid for the whole phenomenon called ‘Batman’.
When the time comes for Bruce to finish his training he has points of differences with the League’s philosophy which tells “Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society”. They believe removal of criminals will be responsible for the removal crime. He is asked to execute a criminal and he refuses to do so. Bruce’s stresses on the point that he is not killer and he doesn’t want to kill criminals but uproot crime from the society. But the League believes in complete annihilation citing references from the past where they have even destroyed civilizations and cities like Rome for removing crime from the world. Bruce returns somehow causing destruction at League’s site but Ra’s al Ghul is saved by Bruce himself.
Bruce Wayne has watched his home, Gotham City, turn into a crime infested abyss throughout his entire life, so he decides to become the hero Gotham needs- Batman. Using modern techniques Batman is materialized. Ultimately, Ra’s al Ghul returns with his League to destroy Gotham which has seen crime growing with time. So, the stage is set for two paradoxical philosophies to collide, conflict between the teacher and the seeker and time for Gotham to experience fight between its hero Batman and Ra’s al Ghul.