Did not remember this feeling so close to the Tim Burton Batman movies, but it does. Bale lumbers around awkwardly in a giant rubber suit, the bad guy wants to gas the city into submission, and Gotham is stylized and nightmarish with giant monorails and a slum called “The Narrows.” That’s not necessarily a criticism or a compliment, merely an observation. Batman didn’t go full Nolan until The Dark Knight.
This has aged nicely, at least up until the big action finale that in no way delivers. The rest is very good. The opening flashes forwards and back are particularly elegant, and the movie is generally much funnier than I remembered, with both Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine supplying an abundance of wry quips.