Calling it "bad" is a bit too much. It's technically well-made and has some strong features to it, but overall it didn't add up to anything that remarkable, so a simple "meh" it is. Christopher Nolan did a terrific effort, but a serious tone in comic book movies just doesn't work.
Well I think his point is this. If it had more embraced the fun of its origins it would have been better. Given how deathly seriously the movie takes itself though it hardly can escape on the fun defense. I like the Burton Batman's better precisely for that reason.
My point exactly. I think dreamcoil's image is a bit unadjusted to my criticism, because the fact is that the movie wasn't as fun as it could have been precisely because of the cringe-worthy effect it had on me due to the overall serious tone.
Looking back on my reply, I was indeed a bit extremist on my "serious tone never works in comic book adaptations" commentary. It can work, I admit it, but it didn't in The Dark Knight, and, if there's a characteristic which makes me dislike a comic book movie, it's the "taking itself too seriously", which I consider a major turn-off. When silliness demands to be taken seriously, it only becomes sillier.
Sometimes, embracing the fun and the playfulness of the comic book atmosphere results in a much more enjoyable and fun movie than turning it into something darker and more serious. It can work, but only if the cartoony aspect of the original themes doesn't stand out, so that the serious tone doesn't contrast with the cartoon-like characters and story. Which is what happened, to a certain extent
, with The Dark Knight.
I enjoyed the movie, and appreciated its qualities, but I simply didn't think of it as being that much fun because of the approach it had. Heath Ledger's performance was, by far, the most entertaining aspect of the film.
To be perfectly honest, I actually enjoyed Iron Man more than The Dark Knight.