Batman Begins

Question: Is there a significance to the little boy? Is he from the comics? Or does he become a hero/villain when he gets older?

Chosen answer: As the little boy is never given a name, it can be safely said that he's not intended to be of any larger significance than 'somebody who needs protecting'. If he was supposed to be somebody of importance to the Batman tales, they'd have included his name as a nod to the fans.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Is Lucius Fox aware that Bruce Wayne is really Batman? I found it kind of odd that every time there was news about Batman getting involved in something, that Lucius would pay Bruce a visit.

Chosen answer: Lucius implies that he knows what Bruce is up to ("but don't think of me as an idiot"), but says that if Bruce doesn't outright tell him anything, he won't have to lie when asked.

Nick N.

Question: What is the significance of the meeting between Bruce and Ducard at the party right before Ducard torches Bruce's house? Was Ras Al Ghul really Ducard or was Ras Al Ghul even a real person?

Chosen answer: Ducard is the real leader of the League of Shaddows. Whether he is Ras Al Ghul is debateable. The whole idea of theatricality is present. "Ras Al Ghul" is a figurehead, not necessarily a single man. This gives immortality in much the same way that Bruce mentioned that, as a symbol, he could be incorruptible and untouchable.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: What happened to the Scarecrow? Rachel just tasers him and he rides of into the shadows seemingly still alive?

Chosen answer: Exactly. The filmmakers set it up so that he can reappear in a sequel. Comic book villains (in more recent movies, at least) are very rarely killed, they somehow always survive to possibly come back later on.

Twotall

Question: Toward the end, when the island is closed off from the rest of Gotham and some of the poison has been vaporized and is drifting around, why isn't the little boy in red affected? Rachel and Gordon have been vaccinated, but everyone else is breathing the stuff in, and we see the some of the hallucinations that those others experience - why is the little boy immune?

Chosen answer: I don't recall it ever being expressed that he is immune. I think it was an editorial decision on the director's/film editor's part just to not show us the effects of the drug on the little boy. It's similar to how they didn't show us Rachel's perspective of Batman while she was drugged. He's also being calmed by Rachel, which helps to minimise the effects.

Ariane Schultheis

Question: I was wondering about the final scene between Ghul and Batman. Batman says he doesn't have to save him and lets him fall in the train and the microwave generator explode. Despite this film being closer to the comics than the previous films, isn't this still against the "code" Batman adheres to in the comics? This was one of the reasons Bruce Wayne has to stop Jean-Paul Valley's new Batman in the Knightfall/Knightsend series. (Valley had let someone die).

Chosen answer: In the Knightfall series, Valley chose to go after a bad guy instead of go to the assistance of an innocent. In Batman's view of things, that is a lot different (and a lot worse) than simply chosing not to rescue a bad guy from a train about to crash.

Mobrien316

Question: A few times in the movie, you can see Illinois license plates. Is Gotham supposed to be in Illinois?

Chosen answer: It's not exactly known where Gotham is suppose to take place but the movie was filmed in Chicago, Illinois.

Toolio

Answer: Actually in the DC universe, Gotham is meant to represent an over-the-top version of Chicago. Metropolis is the New York stand in.

Jason Hoffman

Answer: It is a mistake, Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. It's a short distance from Metropolis.

Greg Dwyer

True of the comics, but the Christopher Nolan Batman films are their own self-contained universe.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Answer: Gotham is understood to be NYC on steroids and/or acid.

dizzyd

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