Batman Begins
2005
****
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman

Like the title says, Christopher Nolan’s franchise reboot goes back to the beginning to try and explain how and why Bruce Wayne became Batman. The dark and gripping story, strong characterisation and terrific but unpretentious action scenes make this one of the finest films in the series. Christian Bale is solid in the lead and he is supported by a great ensemble cast. Followed by The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.