The Bat-films' third and final ignominious entry in our countdown, Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins was touted by its (sadly misguided) fans as the most realistic take on the Batman concept yet. So maybe these people can help me wade through the thigh-deep swamp of utterly un-realistic stupid surrounding the "microwave emitter" that arch-terrorist Ra's al Ghul planned to use to vaporize Gotham City's water supply and thereby unleash the Scarecrow's fear toxin, with which they'd already laced the water supply, into the air. First of all, Ra's' plan to punish Gotham for being such an inhuman hellhole is to make it, um, more of an inhuman hellhole. (And by the way, Ra's' organization was the reason it got so bad in the first place. Screenwriting!) Second, if this thing vaporizes any water within a certain radius, shouldn't the 60% of our body weight that consists of water turn us into steaming-hot geysers on legs? Finally, and I'm going to address Ra's and his men directly on this one, you already poisoned the water supply, you stupid idiots! Maybe developing a substance that took
effect when people drank the water might have been worth a couple extra zeroes for the "fear toxin" line-item in the League of Shadows R&D budget.
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