This article is about the 2015 film. For the original 1989 film, see Batman.
The Batman is a 2015 superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman, directed by James Wan, written by Christopher Nolan and Chris Morgan, and starring Tyler Hoechlin, Kat Graham, Jeremy Irons, Bryan Cranston, Chole Moretz, Ben McKenzie, Shea Whigham, Robert De Niro, Johnny Galecki, and Bill Nighy, with Andrew Scott and Paul Giamantti. The film reboots the Batman film series (for the second time in its history following the 2005 film Batman Begins, directed by the Batman script co-writter Christopher Nolan], telling the origin story of the title character (Hoechlin), as he battle's to dismantle the criminal organization of powerful Mafia don Carmine "The Roman" (De Niro), as well as stop a terrifying monster called Clayface (Galecki) from destroying his home, Gotham City. It draws inspiration from several Batman comic book story-lines, from classics such as The Man Who Falls, Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Long Halloween, along with the modern Batman origin story, Batman: Zero Year. .
After the conclusion of the Dark Knight Trilogy by Christopher Nolan [2005-2012] and prior to the release of the Superman reboot Man of Steel (which is the beginning of the DC Extended Universe and is set in the same universe as The Batman, along with the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League: Justice Born Part 1 and 2, Green Lantern: Corps , Cyborg: Virus, Wonder Woman: Mortal, The Flash: Zoom, and Aquaman: King of the Seven Seas, along with the Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow TV Series.) Plans were made to reboot the Batman film series. These were made in response to the anouncement that the then unreleased Superman reboot, Man of Steel, would be the start of a unified DC Comic universe
Batman Begins opened on June 17, 2005, in the United States and Canada in 3,858 theaters. It grossed over $48 million in its opening weekend in North America, eventually grossing over $374 million worldwide. The film received positive reviews and is considered by many to be one of the best superhero films of its decade. Critics noted that fear was a common motif throughout the film, and welcomed the film's darker tone compared with previous Batman adaptations.
Batman Begins was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography and three BAFTA awards. It is followed by The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) in a continual story-arc, which has later been referred to as The Dark Knight Trilogy.