OK, so I’m two years behind the curve on this one. The family sat down to watch Batman Begins last night, and I have to say it was awesome. Christian Bale is Batman. It’s that simple. But what make the movie so compelling is the attention paid to the backstory. Of course Batman is a ninja. Why hadn’t I realized that before? And obviously, he has access to military-development prototypes developed by a corporate machine. He didn’t just make all that crap himself, like Michael Keaton’s crappy Bruce Wayne appeared to. And of course his vengeance and “special power” really results from heavy duty hallucinogenics. Suddenly, instead of a moody guy who happens to live above a well-stocked cave, Batman takes shape as a DARPA-equipped shamanist ninja who’s real pissed off. That make so much more sense than “billionaire playboy who fights crime for the heck of it”.
The hallucination scenes were pretty intense. I suppose people who have never taken LSD or mushrooms might think that’s what it’s like to be on those drugs, and to a degree I suppose that’s probably true if Batman or some dude in a scarecrow mask were terrorizing you. That would definitely qualify as a Bad Trip. But hey, that’s why it’s a bad idea to trip during the apocalypse. Usually the only things that ever terrorized me were wood grain paneling or people at Burger King, so I guess I can’t blame people for freaking out when confronted with Batman.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen Batman Begins, do so immediately. It rates as one of the best super hero movies ever made, I think. That and Hellboy.