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The History of Movie Training Montages

Recapping the best and worst training montages throughout film history.

Batman Begins

(2005)

As we all look forward to The Dark Knight Rises later this year, it’s probably a good time to take a look back at the training montage that started it all in Batman Begins. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) learns most of his bat skills from Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), the man at the helm of Ra’s Al Ghul, a group dedicated to eradicating civilizations that have grown too corrupt. What makes this montage particularly strong is the realization that Wayne’s ideology differs from Ducard, who believes taking a completely merciless attitude toward criminals is the only way to deter others from committing crimes. Either way, he's indebted to Ducard for training him to be Batman and we're indebted to this movie for one of the coolest fight scenes ever made after he caps off his training. NEXT: Christian Bale isn't looking quite so buff >>

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