What is the best origin story?
Matt Reeves’ The Batman is almost there. Fans have less than two weeks to wait to see Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, and the hype for the film has arguably never been higher. Ever since the project was officially announced, fans have drawn comparisons to Christopher Nolan Black Knight trilogy, and wondering how Reeves’ film will compare to previous iconic iterations of the character.
Spider Man is another hero whose recent films have been pitted against previous live-action versions of the character, with Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland beginning their time as the infamous web-slinger with comparisons to Tobey Maguire. Rather than these discussions, however, it is interesting to compare two Batman and Spider Man movies. With both heroes having such iconic and well-known origin stories, here’s a look at batman begins vs. Spider Man (2002), and which best tells the story of the character’s beginnings.
Starting with batman beginsit’s a film that is arguably overlooked compared to its sequels, as The black Knight in particular captivated audiences like no superhero movie had before. The dark knight riseswhile the subject of some criticism for the rather basic city-destroying plot and predictable twists, seems to be even more memorable to many fans than batman beginsas the trilogy’s climax overcomes some of its scripting issues by nailing its big moments, like Batman revealing his identity to Jim Gordon, who he’d worked so closely with on all three movies but never shared details about his life outside the mask.
batman begins tells the origin story of Bruce Wayne, from the death of his parents to his training with Ra’s al Ghul, played by Liam Neeson, as well as his longtime bond with Rachel Dawes and his journey to becoming the masked vigilante. It’s a gritty, grounded approach that the entire trilogy has become known for, with practical set pieces and stunts favored over CGI and special effects. This stylistic approach helps anchor the film in Bruce Wayne’s eyes, making him a far more relatable and likable character than he’s ever been before.
The first sequences reinforce this feeling, because the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne is much more emotional than in Batman (1989) Where Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justiceand not just because that pivotal moment in Batman’s life is more of a plot point in this 2005 film. For example, the scene in which Joe Chill, played wonderfully by Richard Brake, receives parole after testified against Gotham mob boss Carmine Falcone is extremely intense and moving.
At the courthouse, Bruce Wayne is present and waiting to kill Chill himself, highlighting the mental state of the film’s hero and how his parents’ death still haunts him. Unexpectedly, an associate of Falcone kills Chill first in what turned out to be a life-changing event for Christian Bale’s version of the character, as the murder of the man who killed his parents would have arguably led down a very different path than Batman. travel.
It’s this emotional connection to Bruce that is established so early in the film that is central to its success. However, there are also many other incredibly smart decisions that make batman begins a great origin story. For example, the decision to make Scarecrow and Ra’s Al Ghul the villains of the movie is smart, because it would have been easy to cast the Joker as the villain. However, with the movie going so deep into Batman’s origin story, much more than Michael Keaton’s first outing including a bigger villain like Joker would just have made the movie overloaded and including too many essential elements of Batman and this fictional world in a movie.
Scarecrow is excellently played by Cillian Murphy, an actor who was one of the finalists for the role of Batman in this film. The Scarecrow is haunting, and the scenes in which the characters inhale his hallucinogenic gas are chilling and very well done. Like the main character, Scarecrow, aka Dr. Jonathan Crane, is grounded and realistic in a way that again enhances the film. Likewise, Ra’s al Ghul is another great Bale villain, played well by Liam Neeson and providing the necessary plot points for Batman’s training and how he got so good at crime-fighting and hand-to-hand combat. body. Neeson’s character also adds stakes to the film for the big final battle, while maintaining the grounded feel. Globally, batman begins is an excellent origin film, and arguably the best early live-action Dark Knight story.
A few years before batman beginsby Sam Raimi Spider Man released, re-popularizing the famous comic book character for a new generation. This is a more linear, light-hearted, and fantastical origin tale than batman begins, probably to be expected given the tone associated with Spider-Man and the powers he possesses. Despite this difference in approach, Spider-Man remains an incredible origin tale.
The film is structured more linearly than batman begins, and follows a simple path in telling how Peter Parker became Spider-Man. In those early moments, though audiences may not know this version of the hero, it remains gripping, entertaining, and relatable. Peter’s struggles at school, his social awkwardness, and his relationship with Uncle Ben are all key aspects of the first part of this film that make him and the character so relatable and incredibly well executed.
More broadly, the casting of Tobey Maguire was a stroke of genius that helps make this film such a success. Maguire portrays the character of Spider-Man in a way that arguably no other actor has done since, proving to be the most classic version of the hero ever seen in live-action. It’s a testament to the cast of Maguire that he returned after all these years in Spider-Man: No Coming Homeand the fact that audiences went ecstatic when he hit the screen.
Obviously, despite the fact that batman begins and Spider Man are two origin stories, they are very different films. The tone, style and overall approach of the two films differ greatly. Still, they can still be compared, but before that, it’s safe to say that these are two of the best origin story films for a superhero to date.
As previously stated, the Joker was wisely left out batman begins to properly focus on Bruce Wayne and his beginnings. However, Spider Man chose to include the hero’s greatest villain, the Green Goblin, as the film’s main antagonist. It’s an understandable choice, but one that seems extremely bold when you look back. Choosing Goblin for the villain while recounting Spider-Man’s debut could have easily chipped away at both characters. However, it does the opposite, and the movie balances those two so well to the point that it’s seamless and completely natural to the story.
Despite, batman begins is clearly a more stylized film, and undoubtedly more original on its hero, two aspects which go in favor of the DC project. batman begins is arguably the first superhero movie to prove that movies in this genre could be more than just action, as Nolan’s project is much more of a dark, gritty crime genre than a crime movie. Super hero. The tone helps, as it takes itself far more seriously than any film of its kind before, but not necessarily in an arrogant or superior way. On the contrary, Nolan and the rest of the creative team seemed to clearly realize that Batman’s origin story is one of tragedy and deep sadness that drives Wayne to become the hero he is.
For all well-founded and realistic aspects of batman begins that make it a more character-driven movie, Spider Man is still the most relatable and emotional story, and that’s what makes it the superior origin tale and, more broadly, the best movie. Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker is so likable, from the moment he appears on screen (before that, in fact, when his voice is heard before anything else), and drives the film with the audience’s emotional connection to the character.
As well as that, Spider Man is arguably more of an example of the character’s classic origin story being told in a great way. They’re not exactly reinventing the wheel when it comes to this film’s main character, but the execution of the original tale is very well done. As big as batman begins i.e. it still differs from the Batman origin story compared to the comics in some ways, which is by no means a bad thing, but does feel like a great alternative to the character’s beginnings rather than the definitive origin story.
Ultimately, however, batman begins and Spider Man are two of the best superhero movies ever made and are great examples of how a movie of this genre can tell a character’s origins without it being slow, boring, or uninviting.
MORE: Batman Star Robert Pattinson Reveals The Villains He Wants To Face In A Sequel
Popular Serbian Twitch streamer and YouTuber Kristina ‘Kika’ Dukic, known for her high-profile CSGO game, dies aged 21.
About the Author