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Win Batman Begins IMAX Tickets!

Published on June 10th 2005.

It’s one of those rare sunny evenings in Manchester and whilst I can think of nothing better to do with my time than sitting outside my local, after a few phone calls round my mates it soon becomes evident that others can. Best friend Charlotte is busy ‘doing the garden’ (Charl is 27, spends most of her time pretending that she is 21, and whilst her looks could pass for 21 its stuff like this that gives her game away). Other best mate Nat has got a date, and Phil, the only person in my life who truly understands the crucial importance of all my shoes (and there are a lot) being stored in their original boxes, is packing for his bloody 3 month holiday to Miami. Alright for some.

I still manage to get myself to the pub. Although there’s nobody there to discuss who’s just been dumped, how on earth I am going to justify those new Marc Jacobs sunglasses to the boyfriend, the latest developments of Celebrity Love Island, and other matters of such vital world importance. Instead, I’m stuck with the boyfriend (am desperately trying to shove Marc Jacob glasses discreetly into bag) and his mates. The topic of conversation? Who would win in a fight, Batman vs. Superman? Being up to my elbows in soil at Charl’s is starting to sound appealing.

At first the general consensus seems to be Superman. Whilst Batman may have cool gadgets and be in really really good shape, he is after all only a man. And, whilst he may be a ‘Bat’ man he is most definitely not a ‘Super’ man. However as one of the lads is keen to point out this all depends on whether Batman is fighting fair or not. If Batman could lay his hands on some Kryptonite it soon becomes a whole different ball game. The timing of the fight is also a crucial factor in the debate. If the fight is planned, with all those super advanced gadgets, it has to be Batman, but if it’s more of a spontaneous “I don’t like you anymore”, then Superman is your man, so to speak. And of course, if you consider pop culture, everyone likes an underdog. If James Bond walks into a room with a 100 evil henchmen in it and a brawl breaks out, who’s most likely to walk out more or less unscathed and sleep with three women before the credits roll? Bond, hands down. So, working from this rule of thumb, because Superman has such a huge advantage, he’s surely doomed. My one comment of “Does it matter, it’s not like they’re real people” was met with the same kind of looks as if I had just told a group of 5 years olds that Father Christmas didn’t exist. Best to keep quiet then……………..

With the release of Batman Begins on June 16th at the Filmworks I’m living in fear. If this film proves to be any good (and from early American reviews it sounds like it’s going to be) my entire summer is going to be entirely dominated by Batmanesque discussions, and relentless trips to the cinema to see it. And, whilst the boyfriend might be able to appease me for a while with a bag of popcorn and as much Ben and Jerry’s as I can eat, it isn’t going to work in his favour when I’m fat and can’t fit in last year’s bikini.

Anyway, here’s the deal with the film. You know the drill, as a boy Bruce Wayne’s (Christian Bale) extremely rich parents are murdered in front of him. He grows up pissed off, angry (but still rich) and wanting revenge. He travels the world, ends up in Asia, and meets Ducard (Liam Neeson) who recruits him to the League of Shadows and trains him to be the ultimate bad ass fighter. After nearly eight years away from home he decides Gotham needs help. He calls his butler, Alfred (Michael Caine), and tells him to send the private jet (as you do). He returns home as a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions (it certainly helps to own a huge company that produces weapons and stuff for the military) to fight the sinister forces that threaten his city. Oh, and there’s a bit of a love plot, thrown in for the girls, in the shape of Katie Holmes (Tom Cruises’ new girlfriend).

And, whilst you may be able to hear my ever so slight cynicism, all the reviews for the film praise how Chris Nolan, the director, has firmly grounded it in reality. Apparently not even slightly comic booky, it explains everything Batman does and everything he has, from where he got that suit to who made the Batmobile. Nolan’s vision is not one of the macabre, weird world of the Burton films (the first two) or of the camp silliness of the Schumacher films (the last two). Neither a prequel nor a sequel, Batman Begins has nothing to do with the other films. It is a complete restart, the beginning of a whole new series of Batman films.

So, I’m going to reserve my judgement until I’ve seen the film, and I will go, even if it is just to see what Katie Holmes’ hair is like…………..

For those of you who are slightly more serious about Batman, The Filmworks have given us 2 pairs of free tickets to see the film. To win them simply answer the following question:

Who plays the role of Alfred, Batman’s trusty butler in the new film?

  • Tom Cruise
  • Michael Caine
  • Robert Redford

Just enter using the form below!

Tim Gough


Tim Gough

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