A review of this — 5 years ago
I watch movies like Batman, Spiderman, and the like because my wife enjoys them. Personally, I’ve always thought them a bit cliche, unrealistic, and nerdy (this coming from a Trekkie). This movie is by the far the best I have ever seen from this genre, however. It was not predicatable and used realism to explain most things (although there had to be a few far fetched ideas).
As far as Holmes, I didn’t think she was that bad. Yes, her shy facade seemed a bit weak, but her characters actions were far from weak. Could she have been a little more believable? Yes; but I didn’t think she gave a bad performance either. Personally, I thought she fit the role, but I know nothing of the Batman-girl of the comics. (It helps that I have never seen her look more adorable).
I cannot review this movie from the typical “obedient to the philosophies of the original Batman” or through the conventions of the comic book mind, but from my perspective, I thought it was really good. (Good, but when the sequel comes out in July, I’ll be spending my movie money on the new X-Files <—nerd! ).