As you'd expect from the title, this is an origin story about the birth of Batman and how he became the savior of Gotham city. There's lots of flashbacks to Batman’s past and the first half of the film shows him go through several great levels of character growth, beginning as a child, than as a vengeful teenager, then as an outcast, then as a worrier in training and finally as Batman. Some hard core Batman fans hated all the back-story in this film because the 1989 “Batman” and “Batman Forever” already showed us this. I personally thought the first half of the film was great, also there were lots of changes in the origins of this film. For example, in the original 1989 "Batman", the criminal who killed Batman’s parents would go on to become The Joker but in this film, it was just an ordinary criminal. This gives us a lot of incite on the person Bruce Wayne was before becoming a superhero, he was angry and vengeful, but he matured and learned the importance of being a true protector. In most superhero movies, the characters leap strait into being a hero, instead we see him as a tormented soul who thinks of nothing but revenge, we than see him as an outlaw, then he grows, matures and becomes the hero he was born to be, that to me was a fascinating concept.
Christian Bale is excellent in the role, minus his voice, but performance aside, I think this film really nailed the character. This was the first time I felt connected to the character because we go with him on his journey, we see him develop as an individual and as hero, which makes me cheer for him all the more when he goes into battle. Now the character dose loose the same mystic that thrilled me in the original classic, but that's a small lose for what this film succeeds in. Now as for the costume, well, I don’t hate it but it’s far from classic. I think the head piece is to balky, the ears aren't sharp enough and the bat symbol on his chest isn't as noticeable, well, at least we don’t have any bat-nipples this time.
I was really surprised by how much I loved the supporting characters, usually I just like the hero and the villains, but this film really dropped the ball with the supporting characters. Michael Caine is outstanding as Alfred, and makes him a far more active and loving person with some great motivational speeches. Morgan Freeman is perfect as Mr. Fox and I love how there’s a guy on the inside of Wane industries making all the new gadgets for him. My favorite of the new supporting characters is Commissioner Gordon, who's played very well by Gary Oldman. He’s an extremely talented actor and he makes everything feel natural and extreme. Having Gordon as a main character was a dream come true, it was great seeing him and batman working together and having Gordon do bigger things like drive the bat-mobile was a real treat.