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I, Bruce Wayne

Directed by

Cary Fukunaga

Produced by

Roy Lee
Dan Lin
Seth Grahame-Smith
Bryce Dallas Howard

Screenplay by

Cary Fukunaga

Based on

Characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics

Narrated by

Don Warrington

Starring

Jacob Tremblay
Jake Gyllenhaal
David Oyelowo
Jennifer Garner
Bill Skarsgård
John Carroll Lynch

Music by

Segun Akinola

Cinematography

Roger Deakins

Edited by

Pietro Scalia

Production Companies

Warner Bros. Pictures
DC Films
Joint Effort
Bron Creative
Village Roadshow Pictures

Distributed by

Warner Bros. Pictures

Release date(s)

December 3, 2019

Running time

140 minutes

Country

United States

Language

English

Budget

$61 million

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I, Bruce Wayne is a 2019 American Psychological Crime Drama film written and directed by Cary Fukunaga. The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Jacob Tremblay as Bruce Wayne and retells the origin story that would lead to the character becoming Batman.

Set in 1976 over the course of a month, it follows the aftermath of the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne and it’s impact the city and people of Gotham. Jake Gyllenhaal, David Oyelowo, Jennifer Garner, Bill Skarsgård and John Carroll Lynch appear in supporting roles. I, Bruce Wayne was produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Films, and Joint Effort, in association with Bron Creative and Village Roadshow Pictures, and distributed by Warner Bros.

I, Bruce Wayne is the first live-action theatrical Batman film to receive an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of American, due to its violent and disturbing content.

I, Bruce Wayne premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2019, where it won the Golden Lion, and was released in the United States on December 3, 2019. The film was well received by critics; with the cast’s performances (particularly Tremblay), the direction, writing, mature tone, musical score, cinematography and production values being highly praised, although criticism was levelled at the long runtime and the drawn out nature of some of the violent scenes.

The film became a major box office success, setting records for an December release.  I, Bruce Wayne has grossed over $1 billion, making it the first R-rated film to do so, the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2019, and the 31st-highest grossing film of all time. 

I, Bruce Wayne received numerous accolades. At the 92nd Academy Awards, the film earned a leading 12 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, winning Best Actor for Tremblay and Best Original Score for Segun Akinola. Tremblay and Akinola also won at the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award ceremonies.

Synopsis

The setting is Gotham City, 1976. The Film takes place over the course of a month, covering the fallout of the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Cast

  • Bruce Wayne (Jacob Tremblay)

The 12 year old son of Thomas and Martha Wayne, and heir to the Wayne fortune. Arthur Darvill plays an adult Bruce during the film's opening and closing scenes.

  • Captain James Gordon (Jake Gyllenhaal)

A new addition to the Gotham City Police Department, and one of the few clean cops on the force.

  • Alfred Pennyworth (David Oyelowo)

The faithful butler of the Wayne family, and subsequent surrogate father for Bruce. Don Warrington plays an older Alfred who also narrates the film.

  • Leslie Thompkins (Jennifer Garner)

A colleague and close friend of Thomas Wayne.

  • Joe Chill (Bill Skarsgård)

A street criminal who mugs and kills Thomas and Martha Wayne.

  • Lt. Harvey Bullock (John Carroll Lynch)

A veteran member of the G.C.P.D., who is partnered with Jim Gordon. Although not yet corrupt, Bullock's sense of morality has since become dulled.

  • Thomas Wayne (Patrick Wilson)

A wealthy physician and philanthropist, husband to Martha Wayne and father to Bruce.

  • Martha Wayne (Bryce Dallas Howard)

A social activist, wife to Thomas Wayne and mother to Bruce.

Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb (Paul Sorvino)

Vincent Falcone (Joe Mantegna)

A powerful mafia chieftain. As his son was once saved by Dr. Thomas Wayne, Falcone begins his own investigation into the murders.

Lew Moxon (John Turturro)

Det. Arnold Flass (Frank Grillo)

Carmine Falcone (Milo Ventimiglia)

Production

Release

Reception

Controversy

There was some minor controversy regarding the casting of David Oyelowo; a British actor of Nigerian parentage, in the role of Alfred Pennyworth; a seemingly subservient character traditionally depicted as caucasian.

Accolades

92nd Academy Awards:

  • Best Picture (Nominated)
  • Best Director: Cary Fukunaga (Nominated)
  • Best Actor: Jacob Tremblay (Won)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Garner (Nominated)
  • Best Supporting Actor: David Oyelowo (Nominated)
  • Best Supporting Actor: John Carroll Lynch (Nominated)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Cary Fukunaga (Nominated)
  • Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins (Won)
  • Best Production Design (Nominated)
  • Best Film Editing: Pietro Scalia (Won)
  • Best Original Score: Segun Akinola (Won)

77th Golden Globes:

  • Best Motion Picture - Drama (Won)
  • Best Director - Motion Picture: Cary Fukunaga (Won)
  • Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama: Jacob Tremblay (Won)
  • Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture: Jennifer Garner (Nominated)
  • Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture: David Oyelowo (Won)
  • Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture: John Carroll Lynch (Nominated)
  • Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Cary Fukunaga (Nominated)
  • Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Segun Akinola (Won)

26th Screen Actors Guild Awards:

  • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture (Won)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture: Jacob Tremblay (Won)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: David Oyelowo (Nominated)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: John Carroll Lynch (Nominated)

73rd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs):

  • Best Film (Nominated)
  • Best Direction: Cary Fukunaga (Nominated)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jacob Tremblay (Won)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: David Oyelowo (Nominated)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: John Carroll Lynch (Won)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Jennifer Garner (Nominated)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Nominated)
  • Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins (Won)
  • Best Editing (Won)
  • Best Costume Design (Nominated)
  • Best Production Design (Nominated)
  • Best Original Score: Segun Akinola (Won)
  • Best Casting (Won)
  • Rising Star Award: Jacob Tremblay (Won)

25th Critics' Choice Awards:

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