Bruce Wayne is the son of extraordinary wealthy parents and lives a sheltered life.
Bruce’s parents are murdered in front of him by a robber.
Bruce isn’t yet ready to take on the role of the Dark Knight, a man who can strike fear into criminals. Foolishly he takes a gun to kill the man who killed his parents but someone beats him to it. He needs to go on the journey first, to be worthy and to do that he must first learn what it is to be a criminal.
Whilst in Bhutanese prison he meets Ra’s al Ghul and learns the ways of the League of Shadows.
Bruce’s training begins, Teaching him how to fight but also giving him a code to live by.
The are two roads of the trials in Batman begins. The first is his training under Ra’s al Ghul where he learns his combat skills.
Rachel Dawes is the assistant District Attorney and inspires Bruce to be good “It’s not who you are underneath. It’s what you do that defines you.”
Ra’s al Ghul asks him to execute a prisoner as part of his training. Bruce refuses and destroys the League of Shadows head quarters.
Second Supernatural aid
Lucius Fox supplies him with all his high tech military devices
Bruce enters the well which was the source of his fear as a child and discovers a bat cave. He decides to own the bat as his symbol to inspire fear into Gotham’s criminals
Bruce develops his high tech equipment and becomes the Batman. He jumps off a roof and realizes he needs to have the ability to fly and develops a cape that can let him glide. He’s also learning how the city and police operate which enables him to become Batman.
Lucius learns that Bruce is Batman when he is poisoned by The Scarecrow and Alfred has to contact Lucius to create a cure for the toxin. Now Bruce and his mentor are both on the page are are ‘at one with’ each other.
Batman learns the plan to disperse the fear gas through a microwave dispersal in poison the entire city.
He rescues Rachel in his Batcar while the police are in hot pursuit. He is no longer a struggling novice like he was earlier in the story. He is now a fully developed hero ready to take on Ra’s al Ghul.
The Death of the mentor
When Bruce discovers that Henri Ducard is really Ra’s al Ghul and then Ghul burns his house down.
Bruce flies over the sealed off area of Gotham where criminals are running riot and then fights Ra’s al Ghul on the train to stop the toxin from being released onto the atmosphere, affecting everyone in the city.
Gordon destroys the train bridge so the train cannot get to the centre and blow the city’s entire water supply.
Batman fights and Ra al Ghul, not as a student but as an equal.
“I’m not going to kill you but I don’t have to save you”
Bruce buys his company back and Gotham has the Batman
Batman begins is brilliant story telling. Tricky, non-linear, and has two mentors and two separate road of the trials, this is unusual and very well executed.
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