In response to Skyshark:
[spoiler]Yeah, Liam Neeson was actually Ra's al Ghul. In the comics, Henri Ducard is actually a French detective and one of the greatest detectives in the world. He taught Bruce Wayne detective work. Of course, like Christopher Nolan has said, though, Batman's "between years" were never really touched upon, so at best Ducard is an obscure character. It's easier to get away with changing obscure characters, so I wasn't pissed about it. And in case you're wondering, in the mansion scene, the interaction between "Ducard" and Bruce goes something like this:
Bruce: (to a henchman) "You're not Ra's al Ghul!"
Ducard/Ra's: "Ah, but is Ra's al Ghul inhuman? Is Ra's al Ghul immortal?"
Bruce: "Or does he use cheap decoys and parlor tricks to hide his identity...RA'S. I saved your life!"
So yeah, he's Ra's al Ghul all right. Not a doubt in the brain there.[/spoiler]
That said, I would love to get my hands on the device inside Batman's boot; it would have made my job much easier
Does that means there aren't any sonar-type devices that can summon a swarm of bats at a moment's notice? Damn! There goes my idea for next year's Halloween display.
That was actually taken straight from Batman: Year One
the graphic novel. What the device was was a remote control that would activate a sonic device in the Batcave and send it like a homing beacon in the direction of the remote, making the bats follow that path. It's like a highly advanced Bat-whistle, or something. Heh. I thought it was more realistic in the comic version because he has a line to himself saying, "I hope this works. I didn't design this to work at such a long range..." etc. That felt more realistic to me, but then again Bale could just've been thinking that and it would be okay.
Gotham city was also well done, but I couldn't help but compare it to the similar scenes in "Blade Runner".
That's funny you should say that, because Christopher Nolan was going for just that kind of effect with Gotham city. Design-wise, he took from slums in China, Neighborhoods in Chicago, London, and other places, and mashed them together to make Gotham City. Before any principal photography was shot, Christopher Nolan sat the entire cast and crew down and watched Blade Runner. Afterwards, Nolan said, "This is how we're going to make Batman." So I'm sure if he's reading this post, you just made his day.
How could you forget Michael Caine!! He's british too.
Ah, he goes without saying. He didn't put on an American accent for the play. He was just lovable old Alfred. And I own Equilibrium. It's a brilliant movie. I think I'm going to buy American Psycho as well, another amazing one.