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6 Degrees Film.com June 2005: " O'Neill perfectly captures the atmosphere, tension and white-knuckle excitement of the movie, all while delving deeper..." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Based on the eagerly awaited new feature film-the exciting origins of the ultimate crime fighter!
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 need help . . . fast.
A world away, in a dank Himalayan prison, a nameless, hardened man fights every day to survive. He has spent seven years scouring the globe, studying the criminal mind, looking for an answer to the ugly riddle of his childhood. But something has been looking for him, too. Here, in the darkest places of his own anger, Bruce Wayne will discover his destiny-and an ordinary man will become a legend.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (June 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345479467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345479464
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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I enjoyed reading this novelization. Enthralled by the first 135 pages, I was able to widen the voyeur lens on Master Wayne. I also met characters not introduced in the movie. Young Bruce has a tutor named Miss Daisy. Later, Vagrant Bruce has an encounter with a bosun named Hector, and hijacks a truck with a bandit Bruce nicknamed "Stocky". We also get the scoop on Ra's Al Ghul/Ducard: He is a "methodical man" of "rationality and science" who "keeps records"; he has "sired 414 children", yet "must have a son"; has a daughter named Talia who he wants Bruce to impregnate because up until now "no man . . . has ever been worthy of mingling his genes with his" [Note that Talia is not mentioned again in the novel after this, which is a misstep in my opinion]; and one more surprise regarding his "origin".

Unfortunately, by page 136 the novel dips ever so slightly, but provides some insight into motives of the main players. The creation of Bruce Wayne's backstory was the high point. Some of the dialogue is verbatim from the movie, which works 80% of the time.

It took me 6 hours to read this novel. If you enjoyed the movie, you may enjoy the book. Ra's Al Ghul's journal almost steals Bruce's thunder, but who can really steal anything from Batman? He's the Guardian of Gotham City.

5 stars: pages 1-135

3 stars: pages 136-320

Total: 4 stars
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I always read the novel before I see the movie, rule of thumb. I have not yet seen Batman Begins but after reading this book I can only hope it's as good. The first few chapters are entertaining and suck you into the story of an only child raised by his billionaire parents. The plot thickens as young bruce discovers a crevice in the well he has fallen into, while playing, and bats fly at him and nearly scare him to death. The story trudges on, chronicling the death of bruce's parents, his insane travel across the globe in dark trashy shipbottoms, his discovery of an ancient temple dedicated to martial arts, and his rise into the role of Gotham's own Dark Knight.

Overall this book is an excellent telling of Batman's origins, but lacks in thematic elements. Most action scenes are rushed through and written poorly, and some moments don't seem to make much sense.

Being the complete comic book nerd I am, this story seems too good to be true. I reccommend this if your looking for a short fun read.
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Dennis O'Neil adaptation of the screenplay of Batman Begins is a great read from the first page to the last. The story packs a real punch and tells how Batman began his career. A few surprises are thrown into the mix and you get a top notch read all the way.

If the movie is half as good as the book was, it will be great.

Four Stars
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A smoothly written novel that follows the movie quite closely, which was what I wanted. It also fills in some data not supplied by the movie itself (though not a lot), and so consequently is an interesting supplement at times. It also provides another way of experiencing and reviewing the story line. I enjoyed it, and when I read the ending, I wished there were more so that I could keep reading.
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Normally, I don't bother with novelizations, but since this and Transformers have novels that go along with them, not based on anything, I decided to give them a shot, and I'm glad I did. While the Batman Begins movie seemed to rush through some parts, and drag on through others, this novel seemed perfect. It goes into far greater detail about the League of Shadows, and Ra's Al Ghul's history, and in doing so, solidifying his long life, by having explicit references to the Lazarus Pit and his HIGH number of daughters. I felt in the movie, the pre-Batman stuff was boring, not because of a lack of cowl, but because it all seemed to move to fast, and was too hard to follow. In the novel, though, it all seemed to fit well, it was clear what was going on at all times. It also goes into the minds Ra's, Rachel, Gordon, and Crane far more, giving more insight into everyone's motives. It feels less like a novelization, and more like the movie was an adaption of it.
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I loved the movie, so naturally I enjoyed reading the book. It did have some extras in that it gave a little more information as to the origination of Ras Al Ghul. It also showed a bit more of Bruce Wayne's earlier life, before Batman. Once he became Batman, the extras pretty much stopped. I was hoping to perhaps read some extra scenes not shown in the movie. I was also a bit disappointed in the action scenes. I did enjoy the book, but I thought it could've been a little better.
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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 the film director belief that there should be no director's cut releases apart from what was released at the cinema. I'll take it this novel's extra scenes aren't like other movie tie-ins that reveal deleted scenes that would not be shown due to time and money.

I like that the novel is told completely chronologically with most of the flashback schemes eliminated. Ever since Orson Welles Citizen Kane many directors have used the flashback as a major part of their movies. To great success at times with Kane and Godfather II, but sometimes with terrible problems. The pacing of the story becomes choppy and now that I read the book can't help that the story is told much more smoothly.

I also like that O'Neil clearly restores the belief that Ra's al Ghul is an immortal via the use of the Lazarus pit just like in the comics. Christopher Nolan obviously wanted to make this far more realistic and give it a far less mystical vibe. Every phantasmagoria scene is induced via nightmarish gas or theatricality and deception. But the one of the best things is that after Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham after realizing that the League of Shadows intended to destroy Gotham, O'Neil actually writes a chapter dedicated to Bruce attempting to find out more about the League of Shadows.
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