Batman Begins

Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it



Christopher Nolan


Larry Franco, Lorne Orleans, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas

Production Companies

Warner Bros., Syncopy, DC Comics Legendary Entertainment, Patalex III Productions Limited


Warner Bros., IMAX

Dneg VFX Supervisor

Paul Franklin

Dneg VFX Producers

Matt Holben, Hal Couzens, Ellen Walder and Matt Plummer

Dneg 2D Supervisor

Charlie Noble

Dneg CG Supervisors

Pete Bebb, Alex Wuttke, Dayne Cowan

Dneg Animation Supervisor

Colin McEvoy

Release Date

15th June 2005

Batman Begins emerges from the darkness and leaves a powerful, lasting impression.Washington Post

Significantly grittier than previous Bat-beginnings, this finds new things to do with, and say about, a character who's been around since 1938. In a year when the franchise watchword is "dark", this delivers the full noir with a side order of dementia.Empire

The Caped Crusader

Batman Begins tells the story of how, through the trials of his childhood and early years, Bruce Wayne became Batman. Director Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia) was adamant that his film should be firmly grounded in a believable reality and he made it clear that he wanted the visual effects to integrate seamlessly into what would be a very physical style of film making.

DNEG’s primary challenge was the creation of the expansive landscape of Gotham City. A wide variety of techniques was employed including large-scale miniatures, matte painting and highly detailed digital environment work.



The facility also handled all of the monorail train work, the Batman digital stunt double shots, the miniature rooftop car chase sequence and the opening Himalayan Monastery sequence.

A five-person pre-visualisation team was established in the visual effects department at Shepperton studios, working directly with the film’s VFX Supervisors.

DNEG created some 300 visual effects shots for the film, making it the lead vendor. A wide range of new tools, techniques and working methods were developed to produce seamless environments and effects of the highest possible quality enabling DNEG to do justice to the sweeping grandeur of Christopher Nolan’s unique cinematic vision.




Learn more about our work on The Dark Knight trilogy: 

The Dark Knight 

The Dark Knight Rises


Online Press:

Animation World Network: VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin Talks ‘Batman Begins’
FX Guide: Double Negative Breaks Down Batman Begins
American Cinematographer: Batman Takes Wing
Computer Graphics World: Dark and Light








Los Angeles