So while I've already written at length ("The Lighter Dark Knight") about the first Batman film, it felt wrong not to commemorate the silver anniversary to this most important blockbuster in some way.
One question I'm not sure I answered adequately in the previous piece is: was Batman a good film? Does it hold up? I think it does.
Today it's become fashionable to take pot shots at it in much the same way we shot slings and arrows at the Adam West version of Batman back then (and we all love that now, don't we?) It's easy to call it flashy and overhyped and too "Tim Burton-y" (that was Batman Returns actually). As we bask in the glow of the almost-too real Christopher Nolan trilogy this effort seems almost quaint and silly (especially to those born after its release).