This was one of those summer movies where I have had minimal interest or liking for the other movies/ shows in the series, but it looked interesting enough to see. And, when I got an invitation to go to the midnight showing (my first ever!), who was I to refuse. And I wasn't disappointed. It was an absolutely stunning movie that was very enjoyable to watch. The Joker was creepy as hell! He was one of the best portrayed bad guys I have ever watched. He was believeable and you could feel that he was a few fries short of a happy meal. It had great action sequences and the plot moved very quickly. To be entirely honest, I think I liked this more than Indy 4, and I had lauded that one as a gift to humanity. I think the thing I liked the most about it was that it wasn't a cliche comic book movie... that was some really dark shit! It made any of the X-Men or any of the previous Batman's look like they were put out by Disney! It was dark, gritty, and plausible. It wasn't some guy looking to freeze the city (insert maniacle laughter). It was a deranged psycho who kidnapped, murdered, and bombed. I hadn't realised that Rachel had been recast. I honestly thought they looked extremely similar, though when they did close-ups on the new Rachel, I was thinking that Holmes had aged a decent amount in those three years. I think I preferred Holmes, but the new lady wasn't bad. The only real complaint I had with the movie is that Batman was giving off a real "Invincible Man" vibe. I don't care if his suit is bullet proof, he shouldn't be able to take that much abuse. All in all though, and great movie.