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Too much hype can be the kiss of death in Hollywood, but when millions emerged from their midnight screenings, the response was almost completely positive. Buoyed by gushing fans, euphoric reviews and people who saw it three, four or even five times, The Dark Knight went on to gross more than a billion dollars.
By treating the mythology of a classic superhero with a reverence reserved for royalty, Nolan shattered the template that had existed for Batman movies and raised the bar on the comic-book genre, as a whole. In short, he changed the game, completely. This revolution began with Batman Begins, an origin story.
Poor Batman & Robin. Nobody else on the CB wanted to claim the last gasp of the 90s-era run of Batman movies, which meant it was assigned to me by default. But I was admittedly curious to revisit this much-maligned 1997 bomb, the only Batman movie I remembered seeing in theaters before the Nolan movies, and the one I'd heard trashed so often throughout the years I barely had any of my own memories of it left.
Before director Joel Schumacher completely turned Tim Burton's take on Batman into the camp crusader with Batman & Robin, there was an awkward step in between otherwise known as Batman Forever. Burton didn't care about Bob Kane or canon, but to his credit, he did deliver two decent interpretations that managed to strike an interesting tone and aesthetic.
When the call went out, I was quick claim this particular Batman vehicle. Even though Batman purists who love their Dark Knight brooding about the methods of his vigilante approach to justice generally sneer at this freaky and often over-the-top flick, it's by far my favorite Batman movie
With The Dark Knight Rises heading into theaters next week, concluding Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, we here at Cinema Blend have decided to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the Caped Crusader’s previous films. We’ll be posting a new Batman Rewind article each day and we’re kicking things off with Eric’s take on Tim Burton’s 1989 classic Batman.