Batman Begins – The Hero’s journey stages

Batman Begins

Ordinary world

Bruce Wayne is the son of extraordinary wealthy parents and lives a sheltered life.

Call to Adventure

Bruce’s parents are murdered in front of him by a robber.

Refusal of the call

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.

Supernatural Aid

Whilst in Bhutanese prison he meets Ra’s al Ghul and learns the ways of the League of Shadows.

Crossing the First Threshold

Bruce’s training begins, Teaching him how to fight but also giving him a code to live by.

The Road of the trials

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.

Meeting with the Goddess

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.”

Woman as Temptress

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

Belly of the whale

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

The second Road of the trials

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.

Atonement with the Father

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.

Ultimate Boon

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.

The Magic flight

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.

Rescue from without

Gordon destroys the train bridge so the train cannot get to the centre and blow the city’s entire water supply.

The crossing of the return Threshold

Batman fights and Ra al Ghul, not as a student but as an equal.

Master of two worlds

“I’m not going to kill you but I don’t have to save you”

Freedom to live

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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23 Replies to “Batman Begins – The Hero’s journey stages”

    1. Sometimes I notice a sudden jump of twenty hits or so on a particular film and I assume that an entire class were told to look up the same thing. Please note if you fail your assignment there’s no such thing as a bad student, only a bad teacher.

      Please return and let me know how you went with your assignment.

    1. I can tell you Batman Begins has gone off the scale for hits. I think a number of classes are studying this film at the moment. But please come back and let me know what your teacher thought of it.

  1. BOOM

    This is the best breakdown I’ve ever seen. What threw me when I was trying to work it out was the second road of the trials and how Ra’s Al Ghul changes from mentor to villain. I didn’t think you could do that but now it makes sense.

  2. This is just what I needed for my stages of a hero essay I love batman and I agree that this story is brilliance now if you just had a elixir for me to stay up and write 1000 more words when its already 1100 pm you’d be a hero too 🙂 😛 lacey

    1. I’m glad it’s useful but unfortunately Lacey I have no elixir for you. Batman Begins is one of the most viewed pages on this site. Are you studying screenwriting? Are you doing a film which isn’t listed here.

    1. Thanks Owen

      Numerous teachers from around the world have contacted me about using this site in their class. Is thee anything about the site you’d like to see for it to be more useful for you?

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