Where would Batman be without Batman Begins? After the dreadful Batman & Robin, both interest and respect for the Caped Crusader plummeted to an all-time low. Enter Christopher Nolan. Coming off the psychological thriller Memento, he seemed an unlikely candidate to turn the once great franchise around, which was a monumental task given how badly it had been damaged.
However, by taking us back to Bruce's origins, grounding the story in a gritty and believable Gotham, and making Batman intimidating (thanks to Bale's intense performance), he proved to be just the shot to the heart that Bats needed. Thanks to his fantastic trilogy of films, the Caped Crusader is now one of the most beloved properties in Hollywood, proving that any franchise, no matter how badly it had been damaged, can be resuscitated.