So I just watched the new Batman Begins trailer. Things were just dandy until the brief shot of Ra’s Al Ghul, who intoned, “Gotham must be destroyed.” I happened to dream about Ra’s Al Ghul last night, and let me tell you it was not a pleasant dream. After that, this cliche little tagline is laughable and disappointing.
Al Ghul is mad. But his madness is so much more than the madness of, say, Batman Forever‘s Riddler. The man has lived for centuries. He’s had plenty of time to perfect his madness.
It hadn’t occurred to me before that Al Ghul might not be fully developed in the film. It makes sense, though–the focal point is Bruce Wayne’s metamorphosis into Batman, after all. Maybe they don’t have enough screen time for Al Ghul’s own transformations.
Or maybe I shouldn’t base my opinion on a scary dream and a two second clip.