I was never a Batman fan. I grew up a Marvel Comics guy, not a DC Comics guy. I've seen the goofy 60's TV version of Batman way more than I've ever seen a Batman comic. Sure, I've seen all the previous Batman movies - I just thought they were all OK. Those were always about the villain way more than Batman. Not big deal either way for me. I was actually looking forward to seeing "The Fantastic Four" this weekend, but the previews never did much for me and the reviews have been far from kind - 'Fantastic Bore' was my favorite line in a review so far.
So we finally saw "Batman Begins" tonight, and it was great. I think this was the best comic-based movie yet. The script, the directing, the acting were all excellent. I've been a Christian Bale fan ever since "American Psycho," and I didn't even realize Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine were in this. This has some fantastic imagery and explanation on the whole Batman mythology and creation of all his goodies. Probably best thing I can say is that it didn't feel anywhere near its two-hour and twenty-minute run time. As long as Christopher Nolan (he also directed one of my all time favorites, Memento) is directing the next one, I can't wait. And the end up this certainly sets up the sequel nicely.