When the Tim Burton/Jack Nicholson/Michael Keaton Batman came out I was quoted in The Press Democrat saying something like, “It’s the best movie they could have made about a guy who dresses up as a bat and fights crime.” (I happened to be walking out of the theatre when there was a reporter looking for a quote.)
With the new Batman Begins I’d say they’ve now made a better movie about a guy who dresses up as bat and fights crime.
Of course, it’s a matter of how much you care about Batman. And which version you care about. I didn’t read Batman comics as a kid. I was mainly a Marvel zombie. I knew of Batman from the Adam West/Burt Ward TV series, which I liked. As a kid I thought it was cool, more or less. The heroes and villains wore colorful outfits and got into fist fights. I hadn’t a clue what camp was. Camp isn’t something a kid gets. The first Batman comics I bought were the Steve Englehart/Marshall Rogers run in Detective Comics during the time when DC was apparently seriously considering cancelling the series. Those comics are among the comics I wanted to keep when it came to sorting out my collection last summer.
You’ll find plenty of folks on the net who can tell you what was great and what was not about BB. I thought it was fun because it paid attention the history of the character and crafted a story that worked without changing that history too much. It’s a depiction of Batman that’s closer to the comics than any of the previous films.