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Fans mark 17 years since ‘Batman Begins’ reinvented the Hollywood reboot

Years before Marvel launched its Cinematic Universe, Christopher Nolan proved superheroes could be entertainment for adults.

It was 17 years ago today that Batman Begins, after a May 31 world premiere in Tokyo, Japan, made its U.S. debut. And fans on Twitter are celebrating, helping to prove that comic book movies — still three years before Iron Man and the dawn of Marvel Studios — were already viable as an artform for adults.

Christopher Nolan’s reimagining of the tale of the Dark Knight became a box office hit and laid the groundwork for the The Dark Knight, which made a billion dollars at the box office and earned Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar as the Batman’s archenemy The Joker. It also proved a successful reboot of the 1990s Batman film series, itself launching what was considered, in 1989, a dark and gritty reboot of the franchise, and which ended in 1997 with Arnold Schwarzenegger, as Mr. Freeze, firing off groan-worthy cold weather puns like, “Ice to meet you.”

It also served as a precursor to Matt Reeves’ recent pitch black reboot, The Batman, which crossed the billion dollar box office line early into its release.

Double O’Kevin reminds us that the past almost-two decades has made us all feel like we survived a major World War and the subsequent reconstruction of Western Europe:

Jesabel reminds us that Batman Begins remains the gold standard of superhero origin stories:

Zx Ninja had his entire worldview changed by the tale of the Dark Knight:

Suvam Shruv is blown away by the poetry of the screenplay:

Meanwhile, the Video Game Anniversary feed puts everything into perspective by reminding us that Tetris came out on the original Game Boy 33 years ago.

Liam McEneaney
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Liam McEneaney

A professional comedian since the age of 19, Liam has been writing, editing, and performing for various TV shows and websites his entire adult life. He produced and starred in 'Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!' which premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. Liam is currently attending the prestigious University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.