Reviewed Jul 19, 2012
Andy Phillips’s review:
This film is something I've managed to appreciate more over time. I did prefer the original but looking back, this sequel probably has more going for it. The characters are nothing like they are in the comics but they are well done.
The villains still take centre stage, which might not be to everyone's tastes but at least Keaton has something a little more interesting to do here. The best part of the film is the Batman and Catwoman relationship. It's something that I'm looking forward to seeing in TDKR. Keaton and Pfeiffer share a couple of fantastic scenes together and Pfeiffer is terrific as Catwoman. Danny Devito's Penguin is very odd character but an interesting one nonetheless.
I think the general consensus is that Burton went too far with some elements and I'd agree with that. Catwoman's background is never explored. We never find out how exactly getting her powers worked or why she suddenly decides to go out dressed in leather and little things, the Penguin Army at the end as an example, are a bit silly and out of place.
Looking back at the Burton films, neither of them are as well polished as the new films but they have held up spectacularly well.