Batman Begins

Question: In the animated series Ra's Al Ghul's name is pronounced "Raishe" rhyming with race. In this movie it's pronounced "Raaz". Why the change?

Chosen answer: "Rahz" or "Raaz" is how the name is pronounced in Arabic. The pronounciation in the animated series was purposfully done to shun the notion of Ra's being Arabic (having a terrorist be Arabic could cause problems for a children's cartoon.)

Question: Does anybody know what Batman means by questioning whether he can beat two of Ra's al Ghul's pawns?

Chosen answer: Ra's al Ghul initially left just two of his henchmen to fight Batman. Batman says "I can't beat two of your pawns?" as a way of rubbing it in Ghul's face that the two henchmen would not get the job done, which is why Ra's has more henchmen stay behind.

Serious B

Question: Can someone please tell me how Chris Nolan was chosen to direct this film? He had only done 3 movies before and they weren't that big, so why did WB trust him with rebooting a series that hadn't had an entry in 7 years?


Chosen answer: At the time Nolan was just coming off the double-whammy of Memento and Insomnia, both of which, while not huge blockbusters, attracted considerable critical acclaim and did reasonable box office, so his star was very much on the rise. He approached Warner Bros with his proposal for a reboot of the series - they were impressed by his grounded approach to the material and gave him the green light to proceed.


Question: Shouldn't Bruce be as insane as Falcone? Unless the dosages delivered to Batman and Falcone, respectively, were different. Also, why didn't Rachel yell and scream and go crazy like Falcone did when he was hit?

Chosen answer: Bruce is just as infected as Falcone, however he is rescued by Alfred shortly after he is poisoned and given an antidote by Lucius shortly after that. He is then bedridden for many hours. If he had not been saved as quickly as he was, he no doubt would have been a blubbering mass just like Falcone. The reason Rachel and even Bruce don't react the same as Falcone the moment they are poisoned comes down to how each individual person reacts to fear: Bruce tries to fight, Rachel faints, Falcone screams in horror.


Question: What was in the picture that Batman gave to Rachel, and how would it have sped things up?

Chosen answer: Pictures of Judge Faden with a woman who was not his wife, to be used as leverage to force him to hear the case against Falcone. A deleted scene shows Bruce gathering the photos himself but only the top one is shown in the final cut.


Question: In the movie "Batman", we discover that a young Jack Napier murdered Bruce's' parents and later became the Joker. So why in this movie did they change the killer to some low-life thug?

Chosen answer: This is actually true to the comics, where a regular thug named Joe Chill was the killer of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne. There is no connection between this movie/series and Burton's "Batman"; they are separate takes on the same story, which is why things can be radically different. Burton chose to alter the storyline to give Batman an even greater reason to go after the Joker, that's his decision. Nolan chose otherwise in his presentation of the Batman legend, sticking to the original story.


Question: Wouldn't the towers that hold up the train have cut Batman's cable long before he makes it to the train?

Chosen answer: Batman fires the grappling cable into the side of the train carriage, not the bottom, so it does not touch the rails or the supports.


Question: Why did Bruce fire Mr. Earl? It's not like he did anything bad such as affiliating with the mob or Ra's Al Ghul.

Chosen answer: He believes (rightly) that Earle is not interested in the good of the company as much as his own profits. He also knows Fox will do a better job and be more inline with what he's planning (becoming Batman).

Jason Hoffman

Question: Why was scarecrow admitted to Arkham?

Chosen answer: He was originally there as a doctor. When he was caught after trying to spread his fear gas around the city, he would have been found insane (especially after being dosed with his own gas) and sent to Arkham as a patient.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: What language is Ken Watanabe speaking at the beginning of "Batman Begins"?

Ariane Schultheis

Answer: The language Ken Watanabe speaks is absolutely not Urdu. For some insane, unknown reason, the subtitles show the mysterious language to be Urdu, but this couldn't be further from the truth. When questioned about the language used in the film, Ken Watanabe said that he used a self-invented gibberish. It sounded like someone pretending to speak Japanese, but it wasn't any real language.

Chosen answer: He is speaking Urdu, a mixture of Persian and Arabic.

Whatever that language is, it's absolutely not Urdu. And Urdu is not a mix of Persian and Arabic. The grammar is from languages Indian subcontinental plains - the modern languages from which are Hindi and Urdu.

Question: Why would Falcone's assassin kill Chill in front of many cops? Why would she choose to go to jail just to protect one person who was already in jail? And if she was so intent on protecting him, why would she say "Falcone says hi"? That would just make Falcone even more indictable.


Chosen answer: Falcone has the entire justice system of Gotham in his pocket. He'd believe he could beat any charge and probably convinced the assassin that he'd do the same for her.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: What are the keys played to get into the batcave, in Batman Begins?


Chosen answer: Starting at middle C on a piano move up one scale. He plays D and E together, moves up a scale and plays D and E together again, then backs down to play A and B together.

oddy knocky

Question: This may sound silly, but how did Bruce Wayne create the batman logo on his Kevlar armor?


Chosen answer: It is possible to laser etch or engrave kevlar. The only real world problem Batman would run into doing this procedure would come from the fact that kevlar emits a very lethal cyanide gas when the laser begins melting the material. So laser etching with a respirator or allowing a machine to do the laser etching for him would allow Batman to create his custom logo onto his kevlar suit.

oddy knocky

Question: I have a few questions, regarding Scarecrow. The first, a simple question, but I'm curious: what effects were used for Scarecrow's voice, when the audience hears it from the perspective of one poisoned by his hallucinogen? And was it still Cillian Murphy doing the talking? While we're at it, why is it Crane seems almost eager to confront Batman when he says "He's here", "we'll soon find out", etc at Arkham Asylum, after gassing Rachel? He didn't seem nearly as frightened as Rachel or Falcone when he was subject to his fear toxin by Batman either. Lastly, what did he mean when he began to say "I'm here to help" to Rachel, before she used her taser?


Chosen answer: I'll answer these individually 1. What effects were used for Scarecrow's voice, when the audience hears it from the perspective of one poisoned by his hallucinogen? I'm not sure but it sounds like they distorted the pitch and speed of the vocals several times, layered them together, and added an echo effect. There is probably more to it than that. 2.And was it still Cillian Murphy doing the talking? Yes. There is one moment where it fades from Cillian Murphy's regular voice to the 'fear' voice where it is fairly clear that they are altering his vocals and not using another voice actor 3. While we're at it, why is it Crane seems almost eager to confront Batman when he says "He's here", "we'll soon find out", etc at Arkham Asylum, after gassing Rachel? He didn't seem nearly as frightened as Rachel or Falcone when he was subject to his fear toxin by Batman either.] I think these are both symptoms of his fascination with the concept of fear. He is fascinated with The Batman, who uses fear and symbolism as a weapon. He is also terrified of Batman but that terror excites him. This terror/excitement is most likely why he seems to be having a lesser reaction to the toxin. He is terrified yet elated because he is seeing this terror up close, and this time the terror wins out. 4. Lastly, what did he mean when he began to say "I'm here to help" to Rachel, before she used her taser?] He frequently uses his position as a psychoanalyst to comfort people into trusting him. He attempts this on Rachel but she does not fall for it.

Question: Has it ever been brought up in the news or on some board that the Batmobile in Batman Begins looks a lot like the ship Harrison Ford drives in Blade Runner? I only asked because Christopher Nolan said, after he and his crew watched a private screening of Blade Runner, that that was how they were going to make Batman Begins.

Chosen answer: No, for the simple reason that they don't really look that much alike. Nolan was thinking in terms of the general gritty aesthetic of Blade Runner more than anything else.


Question: When Rachel walks back to the elevator (after discussing Falcone's mental condition with Crane), Crane turns and points to a person who is standing round a corner, behind them. Who is this person?

Chosen answer: Just one of his cronies... nobody important.

Question: This line is included in the quotes section "They told me there was nothing out there, nothing to fear. But the night my parents were murdered I caught a glimpse of something. I've looked for it ever since. I went around the world, searched in all the shadows. And there is something out there in the darkness, something terrifying, something that will not stop until it gets revenge. Me." I don't remember hearing this line once in the movie. Is it in a deleted scene or something?

Chosen answer: That quote is from the trailer.


Question: When Batman is at the docks, where all the drugs are being delivered, Batman somehow manages to take out the driver of Falcone's car, without Falcone seeing him. Could someone please tell me how this would be possible?

Chosen answer: We see Falcone get out of the car before Bruce attacks the final group of men; a couple of seconds later, he's deep into the maze of cargo containers, so there's clearly been a jump in time. Bruce simply took out the driver shortly after Falcone got out, then went back to assault the rest of the henchmen. You have to factor in the time jump for it to work, but it does fit together.


Question: When Crane tells Falcone that there is a lady in the D.A's office (Rachel) who is getting suspicious about what he (Crane) is doing with the convicted criminals, Falcone offers to get rid of her, to which Crane tells him that it is not necessary. Why does he turn down Falcone's offer?

Chosen answer: No, first Falcone suggests to bribe her to which Crane replies that it won't be possible (as Rachel would never take a bribe). Then Falcone says "Well, there's an answer to that too" and Crane replies "I don't want to know", meaning that he knows Falcone will then get rid of her but he doesn't want to know how as he's meant to be an upstanding member of society so should keep his distance. Later in the movie, Falcone's thugs try to carry out his orders but are stopped by Batman.


Question: Is there any significance to the piano keys that are played in order to get into the bat cave?

Chosen answer: It's just a random sequence - presumably it's deliberately not like any existing tune to prevent it being played accidentally.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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