I am just curious to know, who actually cared about Batman before 'Batman Begins' was released? I'm not a person who's into comics much...or really at all , I usually just formed my opinion from the cartoons and movies that were released before-hand.
To me, Batman was one of the more annoying characters that I would skip over whenever I saw it on TV. I didn't understand what made him such an interesting character and most of whatever cartoon/video game/movie he was, it was just a huge annoyance.
I didn't even want to watch 'Begins' when I heard about it. I didn't even watch Begins until 2 weeks before 'The Dark Knight" came out. I didn't follow the hype at all, I just got into a huge movie collecting mood and I heard nothing but good things about it. I checked it out and was just in bliss that I watched it at the right time to catch the follow up so soon.
There's something about the Burton batman movies that just....didn't work for me, not that I know how the original character are in the comic book or anything, so I couldn't make a crazy comparison, but something about the look and closed in claustrophobic feel. You could tell the actors didn't really get into character at all and that they were just acting with costumes on rather than feeling like they were actually that character.
I didn't care about comics by the time Begins came out. It didn't shape my opinion, really. Begins was a good movie, but not a great movie. What really got me into comics was a friend introducing me to Brubaker's Captain America. Actually, that's still the only comic I read.
I used to be a huge Batman fan when I was a little kid, around the time the Tim Burton films were released. He was the ONLY DC character I liked. Otherwise I was a Marvel fan through and through. I even liked Batman Forever to an extent. After Batman and Robin though I just stopped caring. I honestly don't know why. I even started to hate Batman for a number of years. And then I saw Batman Begins at the theatre when it came out. I was really starting to get into film at that point and had heard a lot of great things about it so I decided to go check it out. I remember walking out of the theatre thinking, "THAT was why I liked Batman when I was a kid. THAT was what Batman was all about and it was awesome." Since then I've been slowly getting back into the comics and am now an even bigger Batman fan and reader than when I was a kid and I have Chris Nolan to thank for that.
I was a huge Batman fan way before the movies came out. I watched the animated series all the time when I was younger. I always thought he was better then any of the other super hero shows that I watched.
Well, I was a Batman fan since I was 5 years old. I cared about him ever since this guy was in the suit and cowl. My love for the character has gone through an evolution of sorts. What started off as merely having childhood fun with the character has in recent years turned into almost a complete character study and appreciation for him as a literature character. I didn't really need the Nolan movies to like something I have through all aspects of my life grown up with, taking every opportunity to read and watch more about.