Grant Morrison's Guide to Batman on the Big Screen

'He's got everything,' says auteur

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'Batman Begins'

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"It seemed obvious to go back to his origins, because I think anyone who's thinking of telling stories after 9/11 noticed that, at that moment, the real world became horribly fictional. All of our fictions seemed to spiral towards realism suddenly. And so out of that you got great works of art, and I think these Batman movies are the best expression of Batman that's been done so far. Christopher Nolan built the whole idea of Batman being a soldier. But Batman is a bit more of a detective, a bit more vigilante, too. I just felt it was the perfect Batman. Batman's a soldier, and his war is the war right here on the streets against crime."

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