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Batman Begins (Dark Knight Trilogy #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  823 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Bruce Wayne is dead. The young heir to the Wayne empire disappeared seven years ago. His vast fortune has been given away, and the crime wave that began with the brutal murder of his parents has turned Gotham City into a living hell. The last holdouts against corruption–the cops who can’t be bought, the D.A.s who can’t be intimidated–are outnumbered and outgunned. They nee ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published June 14th 2005 by Del Rey
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I really enjoyed O'Neil's perspective and expansion of the movie. The author was able to give us more of a build-up between Bruce's return to Gotham and his first official outing as Batman, with the trip to New York and such, than we were able to see in the film.

I also liked the glimpse into the thoughts of Ra's with his journal entries and such, but I'm not so sure I cared for the delving into Ra's supernatural origins. One thing that so appeals about the Nolanverse is that it's a more realist
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Derek Hunter
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Batman Begins:
Hero or Villain?
Batman is a criminal wanted by the police. Batman Begins is by the author David S. Goyer. The genre is fiction and action the story takes place in Gotham city. Bruce Wayne has lost everything, including the death of his parents. Now he is on a quest to get it back. Bruce Wayne has gotten arrested and is away from Gotham. The League of Shadows has recognized his true potential. Bruce is sent to month
Victor Orozco
Very Good. A splendid adaptation to a good film. Dennis O'Neil did a great job in fleshing out more of the characters emotions in this book. Film directors sometimes utilize the adage that "less is more" but I felt that it was to abrupt and too little was said at times. But hey directors got theater showtimes to fill and I guess if every sentence and addition was added it would amount to ten to twenty minutes. O'Neil's extra scenes are wonderful. I'm pretty sure that Christopher Nolan also holds ...more
Adam Pereira
Batman begins is about the origin story of the dark knight and why he does what he does. It all started when Bruce Wayne was a young child, and was playing in the garden of Wayne Manor with his friend Rachael Dawes. Bruce falls down an old well, and is swarmed with bats. This starts a major fear for Bruce, and this will stay with him for quite awhile. Bruce was at the theater with his parents and on the stage, they where portraying images of bats, which frightened Bruce, so he had asked his par ...more
Marcus Vinicius Medeiros
Batman Begins is the movie from 2005 directed by Christpher Nolan and starred by Christian Bale, and only after all teses years Ive read the novelization. Very fast read, took me only a couple of hours, but I csn say the comic book legend Danny ONeil does a good job translating the script and adding new material - the really good part of the book - about his own creation from the 70s, villain Rãs Al Ghul. There are some fine details about the character and notes from his diary, expanding the myt ...more
Eric Zulueta
A quick read that gives added depth to the already classic movie reboot of the Batman origin story. The book (understandably) goes through the same storyline as the movie, but gives a fuller backstory for Ras al Ghul - the quintessential Batman villain.

I'll definitely read the next installment also by Dennis O'Neil!
Ricky Ganci
It was just what I needed to jumpstart my novel-reading again. It was just like the movie, but not so stylized that I couldn’t see the pictures of a comic-book Batman or cartoon show Batman. At times I tried to hear David Warner’s Ra’s al Ghul instead of Liam Neeson’s—it worked pretty well. It offered an answer to one of the questions the movie left: Is Ra’s al Ghul dead? The novelization also included some added scenes and little fillers that probably didn’t survive the cutting room floor when ...more
Alexander Draganov
Typical movie novelization. As I said, not particularly bad written - certainly better than The Dark Knight by the same author - but not a great adaptation of the movie. However, I doubt that Dennis O'Neil is to blame - probably he was given the screenplay without additional comments (he didn't het with Nolan) and tried to fill the gaps with his knowledge from the graphic novels, which are a separate universe from what Nolan created. Nevertheless Rises has an excellent adaptation, so it is possi ...more
The key to a good film tie-in novel is how it fills in the gaps of details the silver screen cannot show and in all aspects, Batman Begins does this well. We're introduced to a more extensive history and background of Bruce Wayne alongside his training with the League of Shadows (which always left me mystified when watching the film). Fans will appreciate the little details fill-in and also references to a larger DC universe. I'd commend this tie-in for fans of the film though on a casual day, i ...more
The Book Slayer
There's a reasonable amount of substance within this book's pages related to the psychology of Batman, but it isn't exactly exciting reading, and doesn't seem the least bit fresh. Of course the lack of freshness relates to how old the story is, and even though it doesn't exactly destroy the book, there is a sense of diminished excitement throughout. I've always been on the fence regarding the movie, so I guess I started reading this book to understand the intricacies of this particular story. No ...more
Edward Creter
I have been a Batfan since I remember watching the hokey TV show with Adam West as the Caped Crusader in reruns when I was a kid and didn't know what true heroism I myself could aspire to if only I had no heroes to rely on. Of course, had I chosen not to have heroes of any kind, I would not have been blessed with my own life right now. We are all heroes to some degree, and sometimes we need a hero to remind us of the hero within, and how much we still can do for others. The Batman is such a remi ...more
The only other movie novelisation I've ever read is 'Revenge of the Sith', so maybe that was setting the bar a little high; but this book is, basically, the script. Sure, it tries to go into a little detail in places, but it feels forced and stuffed in there, not natural at all. I have to admit, I didn't finish this. I think I was about a couple of chapters from the end, and I just couldn't stand any more. I tried, I honestly did.
Melissa Sodano
This can't possibly compare with the movie, my second favorite of the entire Batman franchise. This could easily be the reason I felt I could only give it two stars. While reading this, it seemed like it was going to be almost word for word the same, but then I was disappointed in some places where it wasn't. Not horrible, but don't read if you are looking for the graphic novel adaptation of the movie.
A movie novelization of the recently released movie, I really enjoyed this book. There was a lot more in the novel than there was in the film and I especially loved the insight into Ra's al Ghul's past and mind. If you loved the movie, you'd love this book. While parts of the book are repetitive if you've seen the movie, O'Neil does a wonderful job translating a visual story into a printed one.
First time I ever read a novelization of a movie I liked. A weekend of boredom would do that to a guy. The added material where Bruce researches the League of Shadows interested me. The divorce from the realism Christopher Nolan, however, left me sighing. All in all, it's a read. And that's all that matters.
Tará O'Sullivan
I'd seen the movie years ago and wasn't overly impressed. Honestly, it was a good movie - I just think the timing was wrong for me to really enjoy it. So instead of watching the movie once more and possibly being disappointed a second time, I went for the novel. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. =)
I enjoyed this novelization. Didn't really like the fact though that it seems like some parts of the book don't have the same dialogue as in the movie. Other than that, great! One of my favorite movies and trilogies.
Usually Movie adaptations are a "shot-for-shot" regurgitation of its film source material, not so in this case. It was a fun read and offered insight into some already familiar characters. I will definitely read this again.
Deranged Pegasus
A very good book. While based on the movie and holding true to it, this book gives more from the characters. Little additions of the characters' thought processes and their view of the world around them.
Jul 30, 2012 Kyle marked it as to-read
I think my inner nerd heart just stopped for a few seconds when I realized this was an actual book that I could read. I don't care how geeky it is. I want it.

I want it NOW !
A movie tie in with just a bit more detail. If you liked Batman Begins the movie you will like the book.

Basically, an easy read.
Spaceman Benji
Batman begins is a interesting book on the life of bruce wayne from the beginning of his fear of bats to his first time thwarting a villain with plans to destroy his city. It is great prequel to the famous to the Batman series with characters that are relatable. It is set in the dieing gotham metropolis, Its streets are filled with criminals, drug dealers and other vermin. Its police are all corrupt taking bribes to turn their eyes and using their power to terrorize the people themselves. I tel ...more
Interesting new facets arise in the narration. Must read for the dark knight's fans.
Has added plenty of back-story as well as fleshing out the plot..
May 18, 2012 Ilovebatman marked it as to-read
i want to read this bok bc i love movie batman begins
Batman Begins by Dennis O'Neil (2005)
Just one word "Amazing".
Maxx Spiess
its good. so is the 2nd book.
I've probably watched Batman Begins (the movie) 20 times by now, and therefore this novelization came as a bit of a surprise - a pleasant one.
Dennis O'Neil fleshed out the characters and gave us more background, things that pass by unnoticed in the movie.
So yeah, probably one of the better novelizations I've ever read!

Dennis O'Neil truly is the Dark Knight of Batman fiction.
Rebecca McNutt
Well-written movie novelization; I'm more a fan of Tim Burton's Batman films and the 1990's animated series, but I have seen the film that this novel was based on and it's written with almost all the detail and dialogue (and then some) that the film has.
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Dennis O'Neil is a comic book writer and editor best known for his work on Batman, Green Arrow/Green Lantern, and The Question.

He also wrote a novel with Jim Berry under the pen name "Jim Dennis".
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