New this month Revealing mistake: When the train crashes and then explodes during the climax, there's several major flaws that give it away as a pretty obvious and unconvincing miniature. First, the scale of the fire and sparks aren't right at all. Second, the cars it crashes through in the parking garage don't move normally or receive realistic damage when they're impacted, giving them away as very small plastic models. (You can see at least two cars simply being shoved along unnaturally.) And finally, when the train-car explodes, if you watch carefully during the second shot, you can see the (supposedly concrete) ground ripple briefly in an unnatural way at the start of the shot, and even see the train car wobble at the end of the shot, again very unnaturally, as the pyrotechnics make the small-scale model move.
Revealing mistake: When Bruce Wayne is heading to the hearing at the courthouse, he checks his revolver to make sure it's loaded. His intent is to execute Joe Chill for killing his parents, so he would need a working gun. But when he opens the cylinder of the revolver to make sure it's loaded, you can see that all of the bullets have had the primer removed (the end of each bullet casing has a hole in it.) This is done to make each round impossible to fire, for safety on the set.
Continuity mistake: When the Tumbler leaps toward the steeply-angled rooftop (the shingled roof with dormers), beyond it is a tall office building on the opposite side of a highway that is running perpendicular to the Tumbler's direction of travel (and parallel to the face of the office building). In order to leap onto this highway, the Tumbler will need to make a hard left or right turn, as going straight will take it across the highway into the face of the office building. But as the Tumbler reaches the end of the angled roof, suddenly the office building has moved far to the left, and the highway is now nearly in line with the Tumbler's direction, running into the distance next to the office building, and passes along the left side of the shingled roof, making it easy for the Tumbler to leap easily onto the roadway.
Continuity mistake: After the big explosion, Bruce is shown holding Ducard at the edge of the cliff. Bruce's body is over the edge, only his arm remains on the ice to anchor them. But as he lifts Ducard to safety, Bruce's body is suddenly on the ice, only his right arm is over the edge.
Factual error: The bat signal at the end of the film defies physics. The spotlight is a few feet across and is projecting the signal onto clouds far above. To do this, the light beam should get wider as it climbs up (like a flashlight's beam aimed at the ceiling). Yet the shot of the clouds shows rays of light getting wider as they go downward, like sun rays through the clouds. For this to exist, there's either a bat signal floating far above and through the clouds, or the one on the roof needs to be several miles wide, focusing a beam that narrows as it climbs.
Continuity mistake: As Ducard is sliding down the ice toward the cliff, he's on his front, sliding feet first. Bruce is also on his stomach, but sliding head first. Then, just before Ducard goes over the edge, Bruce is instantly on his back, sliding sideways, right side toward Ducard, just in time to take Ducard's hand, saving him.
Continuity mistake: When Bruce defeats the Ra's impostor, the overhead beams collapse down as Ra's rolls onto his left side, head turned further left toward the floor to shield his face. As this shot ends, the debris settles, and we can see Ra's does not change position. But a close-up shows that Ra's is now flat on his back, head turned to his right.
Continuity mistake: As Ducard goes over the cliff's edge, Bruce is dragged over the edge in the distant shots, with only his left arm still on top of the cliff, holding the knife in the ice. But the close-ups (prior to the big explosion) show only his right arm and leg are over the edge with Ducard, while his body remains on top of the ice.
Revealing mistake: When Batman flees from Gordon after their first meeting, he leaps across an alley and catches himself on the railing on a fire escape. This fire escape fails, dropping him (as well as the clothing left to dry on the railing). Batman grabs the next railing and again, this second fire escape collapses. Exactly the same as the first, with the same clothing falling off. When he climbs onto the 'third' fire escape, we see he's only come down one level, not two. The scene was artificially lengthened by using two perspectives of the same stunt. This isn't the same as showing one explosion from multiple angles because it is timed/edited precisely to appear as a longer fall in continuous time, not as repetition of the same moment.
Continuity mistake: Before Alfred knocks down the man outside the burning mansion, there are several shots from the inside of the building. In one of them, there's a burning table with a globe on. When Alfred and Bruce escape, they enter the room with the piano, and the same table is seen again. There are lots of flames around the table, but the table itself is no longer on fire.
01:45:10 - 01:45:50Kylantha
Continuity mistake: When Sergeant Gordon puts the jacket around a young Bruce, the jacket is lying smooth around Bruce in the first shots. In the consecutive shot where Gordon says, "It's okay" for the second time, there's suddenly a huge bulge in the jacket on Bruce's left shoulder, but in the next shot, the jacket is smooth again.
Continuity mistake: As Bruce and Rachel talk inside her car in front of Falcone's building, he takes out his revolver. His hair is rather neat, parted in the middle. Rachel slaps him twice, and each time, his fair falls further onto his forehead from the sides so that it now hangs over his eyebrows. But an inserted shot, just before Rachel says "Your father would be ashamed of you", his hair is back in neat, before-the-slaps condition. After she says her line, his hair is properly messed up again.
Continuity mistake: When the young Bruce is trapped at the bottom of the well, there are several shots looking up from the bottom. In the first shot, branches are seen over the well. When the bats fly out of the well, there are different branches, and when Thomas Wayne lowers himself down to rescue his son, yet another set of branches is seen.
Plot hole: The manner in which the Microwave emitter is used to vaporize the city's water would not go as intended. Microwave emissions coming from a device located inside of a train that has a very metallic exterior will unavoidably be affected by the photoelectric effects resulting from any microwave beam that is focused at the water mains below the train from within it. A fork placed within a relatively low powered kitchen microwave would encounter a similar effect.
Continuity mistake: When the thug attacks Bruce in the beginning of the movie, the man grabs his hair, yanking it straight up. In the next shot, he's suddenly yanking it sideways. His action is shown in real time, visible on screen at all times, and therefore can't be corrected by saying it only takes a fraction of a second to move his hand.
Revealing mistake: When Alfred is putting Rachel in the back seat of his car to drive her home, he fails to support her head. In the shot from inside the car, as he lowers her, Rachel instinctively and consciously stops her head at about 45 degrees and keeps it there until the shot is over. Had she really been unconscious her extremities would be limp and the momentum of her body being lowered would whip her head back, possibly injuring her neck. In the very next shot, Rachel is seen from Alfred's perspective, her body is already on the seat with her head only falling onto the seat from a couple of inches.
Continuity mistake: During the first board meeting at Wayne Enterprises, there's a woman sitting on Frederick's left. As he says, "I don't think Thomas Wayne would have viewed heavy-arms manufacture as a suitable cornerstone for our business", in the wide shot, their chairs are about half a metre apart, but in the close-up, the chairs are much closer to each other.
Visible crew/equipment: During the first board meeting at Wayne Enterprises, in two close-ups of Mr. Earle, spots of bright green light from the movie camera is reflected in his glasses. The same thing happens when he opens the door and sees Bruce. There is no such light shining in either room.
Audio problem: When Bruce is thrown into the cell, the metal door makes a loud, distinct noise as it's opened and closed. When Ducard is about to leave, he knocks on the door to signal the guards. In the following shot of Bruce, nothing is heard, but when the camera cuts back to Ducard, the door is fully open.
00:03:30 - 00:05:30Kylantha
Factual error: When Rachel is driving to Arkham Asylum, traffic is moving in both directions, but the three lanes of the road are separated by identical white dashed lines indicating a single direction. In the US, 3-lane traffic (2 lanes one way, 1 the other) have the single lane bounded by a solid yellow line, with yellow dashes if you can pass, or a second solid yellow line if not.
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