LOS ANGELES: ‘Batman Begins’ has begun. A new movie about the origins of the Caped Crusader started filming in Iceland, with ‘American Psycho’ actor Christian Bale starring as the shadowy vigilante who protects Gotham City from psychotic villains. Filming will then move to London and Chicago.

The film is directed by ‘Memento’ filmmaker Christopher Nolan, and co-stars Michael Caine as Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler, Alfred. Gary Oldman will play Lt James Gordon, a younger version of the character most fans know as Commissioner Gordon.

The cast also includes Katie Holmes as one of Wayne’s childhood friends, Liam Neeson as Batman’s mentor, Morgan Freeman as a disgruntled employee and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe as Ra’s Al Ghul. — AP