Summer Movie Preview: Batman Begins

    This is the year of the comic book movie, and the Caped Crusader is poised to bring some respectability back to the genre with the franchise that sullied it in 1997 with “Batman and Robin.” Remember the man-nipples on Robin’s costume? How about that scene where they showed the escape from Poison Ivy’s tendril trap by reversing the film? Director Christopher Nolan (“Memento”) promises to destroy those lingering memories with his hopefully individual take on the the Bat. This time, the Batmobile is real, and spectacular. Christian Bale plays the Dark Knight, with Liam Neeson as his mentor (shock), Michael Caine as the butler Alfred (shock), and two as-of-yet unused supervillains: Ra’s Al Ghul and the Scarecrow. Katie Holmes makes an appearance as the necessary love interest, something other than a short man’s arm candy. (The real Bruce Wayne cared only for vengeance, not vagina.)

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