Mathew, have you ever read Frank Miller's stint with Batman called DK (and subsequently DK2)? It's darker than this movie.
Van, good review. Points are well made. I disagree with the gadgets bit, but I'm totally willing to overlook it....(hehehehe) Oh, and I'll happily also say that all the gadget stuff is just as much about marketing as it is about showing "slick, super cool, Bondesqueness, blah blah blah."
I do, however agree on a different point. I would have liked to have seen more martial arts oriented action (not just the two, three, whatever scenes that did get presented), but I was content with viewing this flick as more of a "developmental" character build thingie.
And, yes, it would be hard to see Bale as Batman out staring Superman (unless they got that youngster who did the last Superman movie).
Point taken with the Spidey/X-men plot/story contamination.
PS: I like gadgets as much as I like martial arts....so......