A young Bruce Wayne falls down a well and is attacked by bats. Bruce then awakens from this nightmare of his past and is revealed to be a prisoner in an unnamed Asian country.
He is approached by Henri Ducard, who speaks for Ra's al Ghul, leader of the League of Shadows, and invites him to train with the elite vigilante group. Returning to his childhood, as Bruce leaves an opera with his parents they are murdered by a mugger named Joe Chill.
Chill is later arrested and Bruce is taken home and raised by the family butler Alfred Pennyworth.