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Published:March 28th, 2007 13:29 EST
Batman Begins his fight for justice on DVD

Batman Begins his fight for justice on DVD

By Garrett Godwin

He walks in the shadows and preys on those that harm the innocent.  Walking a fine line between justice and revenge, he is the night -- the Dark Knight Detective -- Batman.

For years, the Caped Crusader has been portrayed on both the big as well as the small screen.  Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney have made this brooding hero their own.  Now, Christian Bale takes up the mantle in Batman Begins.

Released in the summer of 2005, the movie has received critical praise and box-office success, grossing over $200 million in the U.S. alone.  Audiences stated that Batman Begins is the best one in the film series because it resurrected the haunting protagonist onscreen as he returns to his darker roots.

The movie follows how young Bruce Wayne, only child to wealthy parents Thomas and Martha Wayne, seeks the means to fight injustice in Gotham City.  We all know why Bruce Wayne became Batman: to make sure that whatever happens to him doesn`t happen to anyone else.  But the film shows us how he goes from being a crime victim to the ultimate crime fighter. 

Years after his parents` murder, Bruce became disillusioned and was full of anger, grief, and vengeance.  He spent several years searching for a sense of purpose and the tools to protect Gotham City against the forces of evil.  With the aid of Alfred (Michael Caine), Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), and cop James Gordon (Gary Oldman), Bruce Wayne became more than a man with a mission, but an incorruptible symbol known as Batman.

There are several elements that made Batman Begins such as a great movie.  There is the relationship between Bruce and his loyal servant Alfred.  Alfred has become a father figure, friend and confidant, always ready to provide guidance and care for the young hero.  More than that, he has never given up on his master. 

Another is the difference between justice and revenge talked about between Bruce and childhood friend turned crusading D.A. Rachel (Katie Holmes).  Justice, she said, is about harmony, while revenge is all about making you feel good.  Justice is about what is right in the end, but revenge is about retribution -- the ends that justifies the means to you. 

Next, there are the different ideologies between our hero and Ra`s al Ghul (Liam Neeson).  While Batman believes that Gotham isn`t beyond saving as well as believing the good in people, Ra`s believes that you must do whatever it takes to execute true justice and set the wrong things right -- no matter what the cost.

Batman Begins is both the birth and rebirth of a hero who finally understands the true meaning of justice.  Though he may not have found justice for his parents` murder, he can find justice for those in need, and will bring Gotham back to normal by overcoming evil with good.

The movie gives us this question asks by Thomas Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth: Why do we fall?  So we can pick ourselves up afterwards.

Watch as billionaire Bruce Wayne becomes the night: the Dark Knight Detective known as Batman in Batman Begins, available on DVD.