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'Batman Begins' (2005)
The late '90s was a dark time for superhero movies, which hit an all-time low with Joel Schumacher's 1997 debacle "Batman and Robin," which killed off the lucrative franchise which began with Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman." For years afterward, it seemed unlikely that the Caped Crusader would ever return to theaters, until 2005's "Batman Begins" completely revamped the franchise. Christopher Nolan's gritty approach took the character much more seriously than the previous incarnations, by casting the intense Christian Bale, creating a believable Gotham City full of thugs and corrupt cops, and mining the previously unexplored origins of the Dark Knight. The approach worked like gangbusters, and it paved the way for two smash sequels.