Christopher Nolan turned 45 on Thursday and his iconic Batman trilogy completed a decade. The film which made reboots part of our everyday lexicon and reinvigorated Batman as a superhero franchise came after 1997's Batman & Robin.
If you remember the film, it's for the film's inherent silliness and the nipples on Batman suit. Enter Nolan and David Goyer, Christian Bale wore the suit, and a dark and gritty Batman began. Batman Begins established the Caped Crusader as a transcendant symbol for the people of Gotham and moviegoers alike.
While talking about the how Batman left camp and became a catalyst of change in Batman Begins, Nolan said to the magazine, "I think the idea that Bruce Wayne perceived of Batman as a symbol that could rally the good people of Gotham was something that very much came to David Goyer and myself as we explored the logic behind his actions. We were setting out to try and tell a more realistic version of the story, and of the origin story, than had been done. The origin story had never been addressed in films."
It was always the intention to see Batman as a symbol, "As we started analysing that and really thinking about the logic of it, and what that would be in the real world, we came to the realisation that for us, for our interpretation of Bruce Wayne and Batman in the real world, it should be a symbol. It should be something he sees as a catalyst for change. And we always presented it, and were consistent with it in the three films of mine, as a finite mission in his mind."
The director said he was conscious of the controversial aspect of the character and the impact it will have on the film, "I know it's a controversial aspect of the character, but it made the most sense to us to say he sees it as a lever for improving things in Gotham, for getting the good to take back their city from evil, and that at a point that mission will be finished."
He also said that he always saw Bruce Wayne as three people. "And then, by involving a great actor like Christian Bale, Christian was able to come to that and really grab it by the horns… We always talked about Bruce Wayne as three people, as three aspects of Bruce Wayne. The private Bruce Wayne, and then the outward public persona of Bruce Wayne - this act for the public and a cover for his activities - and then the alter ego of Batman. Christian was fascinated by that challenge and did an extraordinary job with it. I think it's very much a result of his portrayal that the audiences can be as invested in Bruce Wayne as they are in his masked alter ego."
The director also said it was important to place the end card after the film finished. "The intent behind putting the title card of Batman Begins after the last shot of the film was very much to draw attention to the meaning of the title, to really give the audience that thrill that Batman has started, he's been created and the origin story is over, and now he's fully formed. And that felt very important to do."