New Start for Batman Begins

Moviegoers will get to see Bruce Wayne transform into the Dark Knight two days sooner than expected. According to Daily Variety, Warner Bros. and changed the start date of Batman Begins from June 17 to June 15.

While Wednesday openings help to beef up weekend box office numbers and provide an edge on the competition, Warner Bros. says it decided to make the move because distributors in France, Belgium, Mexico, the Philippines and Taiwan plan to release the pic on the 15th.

Directed by Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia), Batman Begins stars Christian Bale (Reign of Fire, Equilibrium) as Bruce Wayne in a story that explores the origins of the Batman legend and the caped crusader’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. The film’s cast includes Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Ken Watanabe and Morgan Freeman.

Batman Begins was also slated to debut at IMAX venues on the 17th. There is no word on whether or not that will change as well.

An eight-minute preview of Batman Begins is scheduled to air during the 90-minute season finale of The WB’s Superman series, Smallville, on May 18 at 8 p.m. (ET).