Reviewed Jul 17, 2012
Andy Phillips’s review:
With The Dark Knight Rises coming up and the fact that this happened to be on TV, I decided to give Tim Burton's take at Batman another bash. I've seen this film so many times over the years but it never fails to entertain. Burton creates a great world, brooding and atmospheric and the film looks fantastic. Gotham looks like it belongs in a Film Noir.
The main thing I took from this was how mysterious Batman is. There's no backstory or origin to speak of. We're thrown into a world where he already exists. The character isn't often the main focus in Burton's films. He's the main character but he's always very much in the background, whilst the villains take centre stage. It's a bold approach but unfortunately, it does mean that the character is overshadowed, especially when going up against such a memorable, charismatic villain as Jack Nicholson's Joker.
Villains do have a tendency to leave more of a lasting impression than their heroes but nevertheless, they do usually get a little more to work with than Keaton does here. He does a great job but needed a bit more to get his teeth into.
Despite that, it's a good film with a lot of rewatch value. Some people say that Burton went too far with the sequel but here, it feels like a Batman film. It's not perfect but for all the Batman films we've had since, both great and terrible, it's still iconic and it still holds up today.