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Favorite Movies: Batman Begins vs. The Dark Knight Rises

The beginning or the end of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy? Vote in our poll!

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Seeing as Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman, is our latest Character of the Month, we want to reflect the hero's cinematic history. A vast majority consider The Dark Knight to be the best Batman live-action movie, but what about the other two films by director Christopher Nolan? Do they prefer the introduction or departure of Christian Bale's Batman?

In 2005, Batman Begins brought the Caped Crusader back to the big screen and showed moviegoers how Wayne transformed into Batman. 7 years later, Nolan completed his story with The Dark Knight Rises and once again had Bruce locked in a huge conflict with the League of Shadows and its desire to destroy Gotham City. Which tale do you prefer, though? They're obviously quite different when it comes to the messages within the narratives, development with the iconic hero, and focus on Wayne's supporting cast and villains, but if you had to side with one, which would it be and why? Don't worry, you can totally cop-out and say you like -- or dislike -- them equally!


For many, this won't be an easy decision to make and the last thing we want to do is rush you. So, there's no need to worry or make up your mind just yet because we're leaving the poll open until Friday morning (ET). Hopefully that will give you more than enough time to reflect or even rewatch these two movies.

After you've made up your mind, we want to hear from you. Why did you vote a certain way? What is it about the options that made them standout to you? Perhaps it was a certain character arc or performance? Maybe you found one of the stories to be more compelling? Was the supporting cast stronger in one of these? You thought a specific action scene was memorable? Or maybe it boils down to simply liking the villains more in one of the films? Whatever the reasons may be, we encourage you to leap into the comments and share your thoughts with the world. Make the post exceptional enough and there's a chance we'll feature it in the updated article. Well, which will it be, Viners?

Check the homepage this Friday to see how the voting ends up and why. In the meantime, feel free to make future match-up suggestions in the comments below or tell us via Twitter.

Posted by i_dont_like_comics

batman begins is the worst. bruce gave joffrey the binoculars! for free!

Posted by AmazingWebHead

Two "character of the month" polls in one day?

batman begins is the worst. bruce gave joffrey the binoculars! for free!

It's not like he can't buy himself another pair. The dude's loaded.

Posted by i_dont_like_comics

@amazingwebhead: that's not the point man. wayne enterprises endorses the iron throne!

Posted by PunyParker

LIked both.
Begins is the first "serious" Batman film i saw,and said "Wow,Batman's the real deal...."

Edited by AmazingWebHead

@i_dont_like_comics said:

@amazingwebhead: that's not the point man. wayne enterprises endorses the iron throne!

Okay, I don't really watch that show, but I read the MAD parody so I can tell that's a bad thing.

Posted by Nova`Prime`

Batman Begins it sets everything into motion. It had the best of the Batman villains.


Edited by k4tzm4n

@amazingwebhead: Favorites and Battle of the Week are always slated for Mondays. That way it gives people more time to vote/chat about it.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Batman & Robin FTW!

Posted by ccraft

I thought BB was the best of the three.

Posted by The Stegman

TDKR, had a more epic feel and ended things nicely.

Posted by PlaysWithSquirrels

Batman Begins. It's not even a close call for me. I think it's a far superior film to TDKR. I'll even go as far as to say Batman Begins isn't even that far behind TDK. I think everything in the film was handled excellently and my only problem with the film is that Scarecrow got taken by Katie Holmes.

Edited by MrMazz

On one hand you have basically the best structured origin film in Batman Begins. On the other you have The Dark Knight Rises a film that goes for the epic and personal (and a whole bunch of other stuff) but most importantly finality which is such a novelty in this blockbuster never ending culture and comics.

In the end however Batman Begins is an overall stronger film structurally and more important to the larger cannon of the comic book film than The Dark Knight Rises. Begins is a film that is typical Nolan realist filmmaker because he creates rules (and than breaks them) by explaining how a superhero would function first and largely eschewing its villians to the perfiery until needed by the demands of the story.

The Dark Knight Rises is a giant film that is perhaps 15 seconds too long. But it tries to meld the two ides of Nolan's Batman films together - the comic book ninjas of Begins with the more grounded crime social commentary side of The Dark Knight. All the while functioning as a great adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns (issues 1&2) on top of a whole bunch of other Batman refernces. This was an attempt to truly make Batman legend while still ending the series(which is still such a novel idea in comic book movies).

Lets all just take a moment to appreciate the quality of this fight scene. The restraint shown in the editing and use of audio to make it seem like a clash of the titans.

Posted by DrellAssassin

Both films contained Batman character breaking things: 1 has him finding a loophole in his no-kill rule, the other has him retire for 8 years before retiring once again.

Posted by SHAZAM117

batman begins is the worst. bruce gave joffrey the binoculars! for free!

LOL! That's great! I never even realized that until now

Posted by ILLO_29

Batman Begins, hands down. TDKR is one of the most disappointedly bad movies I've ever seen. Plot holes large enough to drive a batmobile through, really dumb logic leaps, oh and it's a Batman movie these 2 hours and 35 mins long with only about 35 mins of actual batman that leaves a whole movie's worth of time with no batman in it at all. I could go on.

Batman begins really dealt greatly with how bruce become batman and gave things in the batman cannon we've never seen before on the big screen. Also they had the balls to use scarecrow (which got the short end of the stick I'll admit) as one of the first villains.

Edited by RustyRoy

batman begins is the worst. bruce gave joffrey the binoculars! for free!

Edited by CaptainMarvel4Ever

Two films I'm not a fan of, but at the end of the day Batman Begins did a good job establishing the character... before going down a bad road. Still, Begins is a good movie even if I'm not a fan. Plus, TDKR is just a flawed film.

Posted by AllStarHit-Girl

@ccraft said:

I thought BB was the best of the three.

It was, by far

Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

This is a tough one. I guess I like them both equally.

Posted by laabitres

batman begins hands down it was the best of the 3

Posted by AmazingWebHead
@k4tzm4n said:

@amazingwebhead: Favorites and Battle of the Week are always slated for Mondays. That way it gives people more time to vote/chat about it.

Aaahhhh. Thank you.

Posted by fables87

I liked the first movie, but the second one was the best, the third...pass...

Edited by JJ_Was_Here

Batman Begins was the best between these two. TDKR really further detracted from the Batman mythos what with him being retired for 7 years equaling a total of maybe a year as Batman. Not only that, but I didn't appreciate the "HEY, I'M TALIA!" twist. I feel that really diminished Bane as the central villain. And I know that he was her lackey for a time in the books, but it just didn't work for the end of a trilogy.

Not only all of that, but Batman kind of breaks his "one rule" throughout the trilogy and in TDKR it's so blatant. Sure, in Batman Begins he blows up a house full of ninjas and doesn't save Ra's, but in Rises he straight shoots a guy to death with The Bat. He kills a guy. With a gun. A heavy machine gun. Dead. By my estimate, Batman killed at least 27 people over the course of that trilogy

Posted by Jayc1324

@jj_was_here: he also tackled Harvey dent off of a cliff and killed him.

Posted by HuiZe

Begins >>>> Rises. Was disappointed by DKR.

Posted by matanui123

I liked the DKR up until the ending, therefore, my vote goes to BB

Posted by manwithoutshame

pretty disappointed they deleted my post. probably not going to use this site again, hooray censorship!

Posted by OrangeBat

Batman Begins by far. Better action scenes, better plot, better acting, better pacing, just more interesting in general.

If anything, I actually think Batman Begins was 15 minutes too short, and The Dark Knight Rises was 15 minutes too long.

And that Batman vs. Bane fight scene...ugh, I don't think I've seen a worse-choreographed fight scene in any other film. It's so OBVIOUSLY just two dudes flailing their arms around pointlessly, that it just loses all sense of tension.

Oh, yeah, and the Talia plot twist was awful.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@manwithoutshame said:

pretty disappointed they deleted my post. probably not going to use this site again, hooray censorship!

I don't see a deleted post...?

Posted by I3IO_HAZARD

The whole trilogy was great but Begins is simply better

Posted by JJ_Was_Here

@jayc1324: Yeah totally! I wasn't even counting that movie, but let's tally it up. In Batman Begins he blows up the monastery, that alone probably killed like 20-30 dudes, then he refused to save Ra's. In Dark Knight, Batman tosses those poor dogs down an unfinished elevator shaft and tackles Harvey Dent off a building to fall to his death not to mention whoever could have been in their car when he was blowing stuff up with the Bat Pod in pursuit, in Dark Knight Rises, his lowest kill count, he shoots up the truck driver at the end and I'm going to count Talia too because she couldn't get control of the truck afterwards and crashed to the lower level to have the worst death scene in cinematic history.

"I NEVER KILL!" I disagree, Batman. By my count you killed 30-50 individuals over the course of the trilogy. They aren't sleeping, Batman. You murdered them.

Edited by Vitality

I find this unfair...because, I don't know if I'm the only one...but for me, TDKR is so good because of what came before.

Batman Begins started it for me, Batman Begins is part of TDKR.

I think TDKR is better simply because it builds upon what Begins and TDK made.

So while it's lying to say that Begins is better...TDKR wouldn't be as good if it wasn't for Begins (and TDK).

Therefore...I will not vote.

Posted by scavengerFist

Of the three movies I loved the second, but since it's not here...hmmmm

BB I have not watched again for how many years, but far as I can remember it was a good start.

The only part I liked in TDKR was when they sort of teased JGL to be Robin. (or was it just me?)

Long story short, (and due to my memory failing me) I like them both.

Posted by JV

I liked both. In my opinion I liked TDKR a bit more. I always enjoy movies that involve a person rising above and making a comeback against the odds. Bruce being down and out and then finding himself again, then leading to (in my opinion) the climax of his return when he lit the bridge with the Bat symbol and Bane in disbelief. That did it for me. (but neither better than the second)

Edited by The Impersonator

Both movies were the best.