After 10 years of picturing George Clooney sliding down plastic dinosaurs in the infamous Batman & Robin, watching a decent Batman flick was almost overwhelming. So when we got our Joker promise in that final scene and that "you'll never have to" line before The Bat gloriously flies into our faces, it was pretty special. Yes the line is cheesy as hell but... what can I say? I still like it. Batman Begins was half build-up, half Batman and this moment really was the confirmation that this new, intimidating version of the hero was well and truly here to stay and that many more great things were still to come. Good news indeed.
TWO FACES TOO FAR
Just when you thought the Batmobile was as good as you were gonna get gadget-wise, Michael Keaton's Batman shows up with... probably the coolest flying thing ever. Sadly, it proves to be no match for The Joker's big boner gun but it does come in handy when getting rid of green smoke-filled clown balloons. The best bit though, has to be the cheeky moon display we get before The Bat charges the jet down towards Jack Nicholson's maniacal fiend in a thrilling face-off. Completely gratuitous, completely unnecessary but by god is it cool.
HA HA HEIST
A WHOLE LOT HAPPIER
Yes The Dark Knight again, but can you blame me? This Batpod scene about halfway through the movie was friggin' awesome! At this point, you're really involved in the story but you kinda want to see what all the fuss is about with this Joker fellow. How dangerous is he, really? Well... turns out very! I mean, in any TV show or movie where a prisoner is being transferred from one place to another, you just know something's gonna go really wrong along the way. But this movie takes that cliche to a whole new, higher level. You've got The Joker holding some kind of rocket launcher, Harvey Dent pissing his pants in that police van, the Tumbler being destroyed before giving birth to something even cooler and the Batpod in question giving The Joker's truck a truly lolgasmic punishment. Not only that but you get the first proper face-off between the hero and his arch-nemesis. Epic.
Yeah, you all remember that one. A silent scene in which Batman drives that badass-looking Batmobile of his back to the Batcave. That's pretty much it really. It's SO simple and yet so good. Like the Batwing bit, it's completely gratuitous but somehow perfect. It boasts arguably the best use of Elfman's Batman theme and you gotta love Tim Burton's little gothic forest surrounding the scene throughout. Even Batman going home to take a shit is freakin' cool! Gotta love that. I really like that moment when Vicki Vale tries to get a closer look at Batman's face and he shines that little light into her face. Genius. Like the Batman Returns opening, this is a purely atmospheric win for me. Those moments are rare in superhero movies where they get the character and his environment just right for that one scene but when it happens, it's glorious. Nolan brought the "oomph" but you can't beat Burton when it comes to that stuff.
Then again I have yet to see The Dark Knight Rises...
Honourable mention to the many lols from the 1966 Batman: The Movie with Adam West including the shark-repellent Bat-spray and that soap opera bit where he finds out about Catwoman's real identity. Not to mention Batman and Robin RUNNING to the scene of the crime. Also, Selina Kyle's transformation into Catwoman in Batman Returns is classic, consider that one number 11.