How the franchise nailed the mythos
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1. The Origin
This was the one thing no one had attempted yet, and it was the obvious way back into the franchise. But David Goyer's vision of it was fascinating, mythos-bending and structurally captivating. The first half hour of "Batman Begins" is some of the best work of the trilogy, establishing the murder of the Waynes, Bruce's fleeing the city to discover his purpose, falling in with Ra's al Ghul and the League of Shadows and eventually coming back to Gotham to take his place as protector. It's a full hour before we see him decked out in costume as the narrative borrows a lot from "Year One" to show Bruce finding his feet. All of this went a long way toward building character but it also established one of if not the best superhero origin stories on film that we've ever seen.