After seeing The Dark Knight, I was keen to re-watch the original 1989 Batman film in order to compare Jokers and other aspects. Obligingly, Film Four has just shown Batman, so I didn’t have to wait too long to do a comparison.
I definitely think Batman is significantly better than The Dark Knight. It’s paced much better and doesn’t feel rushed and overlong; it has much more emotional impact; the atmosphere and the sets are more imaginative and epic, and they create a more effective feeling of darkness; it’s more blackly amusing; the Joker is more engaging and more disturbingly weirdly nasty; and Michael Keaton’s Batman is less annoyingly pumped and more complex, coherent and believable.
So that’s that sorted out then.