10 Best Meet The Real Villain Moments In Movie History
Batman Begins chronicles the birth of the Caped Crusader, as Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is recruited into the a mysterious organisation called the League of Shadows by a man named Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson).
Ducard helps train Bruce, though the early stages of the film make it explicitly clear that the leader of the outfit is in fact the enigmatic Ra's al Ghul (Ken Watanabe).
Once Bruce realises that the League intends to burn Gotham to the ground, however, he quits in dramatic fashion, burning their temple down with Ra's al Ghul inside, but sparing the life of Ducard.
From this point Christopher Nolan trains his focus on Batman's clash with Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy), who is presumed to be the film's principal antagonist.
But in act three, Bruce's birthday party is interrupted by the presence of Ducard, who reveals that he was in fact the real Ra's al Ghul all along, the Ken Watanabe version having been a decoy.
This is a brilliant bait-and-switch reveal, because while no viewer is ever under the illusion that Ducard is a good man, he managed to effectively conceal his true identity and intent in plain sight.