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Batman Begins - Trailer released



Story by: Jack Foley

THE first footage of the new Batman movie, Batman Begins, has been released by distributor, Warner Bros, this week (ending July 30, 2004).

The film, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as the Dark Knight, is an equally anticipated return to the dark roots of the first film, which is said to follow the serious tone of influential Bat-comics, Year One and The Dark Knight Returns.

The trailer - which can be viewed at http://batmanbegins.warnerbros.com/ - centres around a moody Bruce Wayne (Bale) and his pre-Batman life, beginning with the murder of his parents.

A voice-over states that: "When my parents were murdered, I caught a glimpse of something. I've been looking for it ever since. There is something out there, something terrifying, something that will not stop until it gets revenge... me!"

The trailer, which has hitherto focused on Wayne’s pilgrimage to a distant land, then cuts to a quick shot of Bale in full rubber batgear - just to get the pulses racing.

As well as the trailer, Warner has released photos of Bale in his batsuit, and monster-truck style batmobile, as well as photos of other high-profile cast members, such as Gary Oldman, who plays Commissioner Gordon, Michael Caine, as Alfred the Butler, and Morgan Freeman, as Lucius Fox.

Liam Neeson is also shown, sporting shorter hair, but the same sort of moody look he adopted for his Star Wars: The Phantom Menace persona.

Bat-fans have yet to see the likes of Katie Holmes, Rutger Hauer, Ken Watanabe and Tom Wilkinson, who also have prominent roles.

The blockbuster, which looks set to re-invigorate the Batman franchise, and give Spider-Man a run for his money, is due out next June.

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