Batman Begins is episode 117 focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the The Pod Knight Casts miniseries covering the filmography of Christopher Nolan. Posted 16 Jul 2017.

Summary[edit | edit source]

"Griffin and David discuss the first film in Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman Begins. What happened behind-the-scenes at Warner Bros. post-Batman & Robin? How did Nolan help contribute to the current trend of peak superhero cinema? Will Batman vape in Justice League? They examine the connection to the animated series, rope work, the lightning guy that Bale yelled at, custom studio logos and so much more!"[1]

The man who's good with bats, starts. How is it that Christopher Nolan got into franchise filmmaking? Batman was a franchise that had started hot but went camp, and been run into the ground over a decade ago. After many many studio ideas and pitches and comic-book options led nowhere, here comes Nolan with, "What if superhero... serious?" This is a Batman movie about Batman - not the villain. And in this first installment of what would become a trilogy, Nolan is interested in showing the logical development of all the parts of Batman persona. It's like Nolan went back to Modernism after the Postmodern Batman Forever. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard tried teaming up to do the score on this movie. Did that task-sharing arrangement work? Is Tom Wilkinson a strange casting decision? Is Liam Neeson the best part or the worst part of this movie? What are the odds that Ben Affleck's Batman vapes in Justice League? #TheTwoFriends examine the connections to the animated series, discuss rope work & the infamous behind-the-scenes Bale rant in whichever Terminator he was in, customized studio logos, and much much more.

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

  • Which is scarier: bats, or opera performances?
  • Unworthy of a special custom studio logo: The Mummy
  • Ken Watanabe: headmaster of Ninja Camp


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