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Improving the Foundations: Batman Begins from Comics to Screen (Sequart Journal, #4)

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The definitive, unauthorized study of Christopher Nolan's 2005 film, paying particular attention to how it draws upon comic-book source material. Darius examines the evolution of Batman's origins, as well as previous attempts to film that story. His scene-by-scene analysis, addressing changes from the script, themes, and comics correlations, expands the reader's understand ...more
Paperback, second edition, 268 pages
Published May 10th 2010 by Sequart Research & Literacy Organization (first published September 18th 2005)
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I am a huge fan of Batman and loved the movie Batman Begins so I knew right away that this book would be the right fit. I was very impressed by all the information that the author presented, and I was excited to learn all kinds of facts about the comics and the movie.

This book has a great introduction that explains Batman's origin. Then it goes into the analysis of the movie itself...scene by scene. As many times as I have watched the movie, I realized that I had missed a few things and now I w
“improving the foundations: batman begins from comics to screen” by Julian Darius is an in-depth look at the movie Batman Begins and the beginnings of Batman in the comic form. Mr. Darius begins with the history of Batman in the comics (Detective Comics #27 May 1939) and shows the reader how Batman became to be and how his story evolved over the years. From there, the author then delves into the movie, Batman Begins, and breaks it down into acts and scenes. He begins each act/scene with a descri ...more
Over the past few years, the art of the reboot has come a long way. One of the most successful reboots, of course, has been Christopher Nolan's Batman films. What makes this book, Improving the Foundations, so helpful is that it methodically breaks down all the creative choices the filmmakers have made and relates them to the comics, looking at bits and pieces from the numerous retellings of Batman's origin over the past seventy years or so.

The book is sophisticated and smart in its observations
Sara Jo Easton
I won this book in a First Reads giveaway, and I am impressed with the research. Batman is one of my favorite superheroes, and I consider myself an expert on the topic. I'm a big enough fan that I managed to turn one of my college research projects into the history of Batman. With that in mind, know that I still learned plenty of new things about the comics and the movie "Batman Begins". If you have some time to spare for a well-researched book about a beloved comic character, then you may want ...more
Darius has extensively researched the history of the Batman character through comics and analyzed Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, comparing the famous stories in which the director took his inspiration from and contrasting the differences. It's something I've wanted to do myself and now I don't have to. Darius did it for me. It's well worth the read, especially since Nolan recently finished his Batman trilogy. I'd love to see Julian take on The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises next.
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A thorough (and occasionally exhaustive) narrative of how the 2005 Christopher Nolan adaptation of Batman Begins matches up to comic canon. Author definitely has attention to minutiae, sometimes in a tedious. But if you're interested in a really in-depth film study, this is a good one for you.
Ming Siu
Well-researched, and a decent analysis of the film - though I beg to differ on some points, including the segmentation of the acts. Darius is much better at analysing comics than he is at films. The typos scattered across the book are rather annoying, though.
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After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), Julian Darius obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2011, he founded Martian Lit, an offbeat literary house.

In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Darius f
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