Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the premiere of Batman Begins. Based on the character from DC Comics, the film follows Bruce Wayne as he travels the world dealing with his parents' murder before returning to his home city of Gotham City where he must stop the plans of Scarecrow and Ra's al Ghul.
Following the critically reviled Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, the latter being a financial disappointment, Warner Bros. Studios tried several times to develop a new movie based on the popular comic book character. With the success of films like X-Men and Spider-Man, interest in comic book movies were renewed. Rather than develop another sequel nor remake previous movies, WB instead rebooted the franchise with a new story, cast, and crew. In a drastic change from other comic book movies, the film took a more realistic look at superheroes generally abandoning the more fantastic elements of the world.
The film proved to be a massive success both critically and financially. It was the seventh highest grossing film of the year, the fourth highest grossing Batman film at the time, and breaking the franchise's record for highest five-day gross and five-day IMAX gross. It was a hit with critics who hailed it as the best the franchise had yet to offer. Tim Burton, who directed two previous Batman films that had been the best regarded, offered high praise for the film. It was nominated for numerous awards and won Saturn Awards for Best Fantasy Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor. The success of the film led to two sequels comprising a critically acclaimed trilogy, with the second being one of the most critically and financially successful movies of all time. It popularized the concept of rebooting seemingly dead franchises, rather than making additional sequels or remaking earlier stories. Numerous filmmakers cited the film, and it's sequels, as inspiration for their films including many in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This led to numerous comic book movies that took a more serious, realistic approach rather than earlier films that maintained the comics' fantasy elements.
The film was written in part by David S. Goyer. It was in part inspired by the works of Jeph Loeb's The Long Halloween. Special thanks was given to Paul Dini and Boyd Kirkland. Though uncredited, it features characters created by Frank Miller, Len Wein, and Denny O'Neil.